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WAKING UP AND STAYING AWAKE

Waking Up And Staying Awake is coming to our senses. Coming to our senses is being mindful of whatever is taking place. Mindfulness leads to awareness, and awareness leads to pure consciousness. At every moment, we have a choice, and … Continue reading

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THE LOVELIEST TRICK EVER PLAYED

The Loveliest Trick Ever Played Spirituality is a process of progressive realisation. It is our experience and personal realisation, rather than something that we hear or read about, and then think we know. If there was just one path, then … Continue reading

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE TEACHING IN FRANCE

Tsoknyi Rinpoche Teaching In France. Rinpoche’s French student Sylvie has organised the first Pundarika France retreat ever! This historic event will take place over the weekend 17 – 19th November 2017. The teachings will be in English translated into French. Friday … Continue reading

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STOP MEDITATING

Stop Meditating Once you have resolved that the nature of mind is empty essence, then stop meditating. Breaking the meditation is essential for meditation. We still sit with a straight, relaxed back, relaxed jaw, relaxed eyes – open but not … Continue reading

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THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING HOW IT ALL WORKS!

The Satisfaction Of Knowing How It All Works! There are two laws in the universe – attraction and repulsion – that govern everything. Every thing! This constant movement of attraction and repulsion is created by the lack of understanding of … Continue reading

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HOW PRECISELY DO WE CUT THROUGH EMOTIONS?

How Precisely Do We Cut Through Emotions? Being ‘precise’ is marked by exactness and accuracy of expression, careful in every detail. It literally means ‘cut short’ (from Old French prescis, from Latin praecis – ‘cut short’). If we continue in a vague and imprecise way, clarity will never be achieved, and this will delay realisation. For that reason, … Continue reading

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HAS THE SPIRIT OF BUDDHISM ARRIVED YET?

Has The Spirit Of Buddhism Arrived Yet? Although eastern religions have been in the west for hundreds of years – which includes, of course, Christianity – more esoteric eastern spirituality such as Tao, Vedanta, Buddhist traditions etc. arrived in the … Continue reading

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ALIENS AND ROBOTS, AND NO WISDOM

Aliens and Robots, And No Wisdom We are led to believe that Aliens and Robots are superior to us. Whenever they have been a ‘reported’, so-called aliens sound as if they are pretty banal and not very bright. They seem … Continue reading

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WE ARE LIGHTLY BALANCED

We Are Lightly Balanced and therefore vulnerable to distraction and predators In an instant, we can either realise our enlightened nature of pure consciousness, or we can remain in ignorance of this fact, bound by impure consciousness. Spontaneous presence is … Continue reading

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WHY SO MUCH TALK OF SUFFERING IN BUDDHISM?

Why So Much Talk Of Suffering In Buddhism? Our response to this will depend on our perspective, and how closely we look. Our natural nature is happiness, but this happiness is obscured. We constantly make the mistake of not recognising … Continue reading

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TRUTH IS FREEDOM

Truth Is Freedom “And the truth will set you free!” And the truth is not what we think we believe. The truth is that we are already enlightened beings, but are encrusted with doubts and confusion. We’ve become so accustomed … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?

What Are You Like? We are all a certain type, and have a certain manner – a settled way. This is due to both our long line of karma and to outside influences. There is no point in fighting it: … Continue reading

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EVERYONE IS RIGHT

Everyone Is Right And that’s the problem! Everyone wants happiness, and a clear mind. No one wants to be unhappy and confused. It all depends on what we perceive, and how we perceive it. In Tibetan Buddhism, there are nine … Continue reading

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WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE NAIVE

We Cannot Afford To Be Naive Lacking experience, wisdom, and judgement. Let’s face it, we all want to be compassionate, but we have to know what is practical and why things are happening. There is a Tibetan practice called Tong-len (giving and receiving) – … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO NEED TO KILL THE BUDDHA

There Is No Need To Kill The Buddha There is a saying, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him”, which means that the Buddha is not external: it is actually within ourselves. The word ‘Buddha’ simply means … Continue reading

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BUYING INTO THE PACKAGE

Buying Into The Package Some of us like it complicated and exotic, having lots to do – the 4×100,000 preliminary practices, prayers, pujas, chanting, ringing bells, visualising deities in a complicated manner, and waving dorjes: it’s seen as a means … Continue reading

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I DON’T WANT TO MEDITATE!

I Don’t Want To Meditate! “I don’t see the point of meditation. I don’t like people who meditate.” Well, that’s a good starting point – and we all have to start somewhere. We don’t have to meditate. We just have … Continue reading

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WE NEED CRITICAL THINKING

We Need Critical Thinking …so critical, in fact, that we eliminate everything in order to realise what’s left – – which is not the critic, but the observer before the criticism arose. Critical thinking is the teaching of Madyamika.

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YOU ARE THE REAL THING

You Are The Real Thing… …but you believe that you’re not! This is why we are not happy: because we believe we are not happy. There are moments where we experience glimpses of contentment that don’t rely on any thing. … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

What’s The Point Of Spiritual Practice? ‘Spiritual’ is our most profound level of being, beyond material pursuits. ‘Practice’ is the means to an end, which is the realisation of this profound level of being. The point is to discover what … Continue reading

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RESIDUAL OR PHANTOM THOUGHTS

Residual Or Phantom Thoughts In general, humans see something or someone, and react: this is so habitual that it seems unconscious. These seemingly unconscious habits create a personality layer or covering around our being – just like a onion! At … Continue reading

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KNOWING YOUR ONIONS!

Knowing Your Onions! ‘Knowing your onions’ is to be knowledgeable about a subject, being intelligent and well informed – knowing a subject inside out. A. Some Buddhist traditions talk about the need for building a firm foundation first, to support the golden … Continue reading

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LEVELS OF UNDERSTANDING AND REALISATION

Levels Of Understanding And Realisation All understanding may be refined, turning realisation into … pure experience. We find the view, to lose (cease to retain) the view. We meditate, to drop the meditation. Our conduct, although mindful, ceases in unconditional love. … Continue reading

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SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES

Short Moments, Many Times Thanks to Marcel for reminding us yesterday of Tulku Urgyen’s words: “The training in recognising mind essence is this: short moments repeated many times. There is no other way. A short duration guarantees it is actually … Continue reading

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IT’S SIMPLE, BUT NOT EASY

It’s Simple, But Not Easy The natural essence of mind is uncreated and uncultivated, and therefore plain and simple. We don’t have to be scholars to realise this. On the other hand, the contents of mind are a created and … Continue reading

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SPIRITUALITY IS HARD-NOSED REALITY

Spirituality Is Hard-Nosed Reality which is the firm foundation for compassionate, hard-nosed reality. Hard-nosed: realistic, determined, tough-minded, unsentimental, down-to-earth, no-nonsense, pragmatic, clear-thinking, realistic, practical, rational, shrewd and astute. The opposite: sentimental, superstitious: believing in lucky charms, make-believe, fantasy: making exaggerated claims. To claim that we are ’empaths here to … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN AND THE GREAT MUD

Dzogchen And The Great Mud The word ‘Dzogchen’ sounds pretty exotic, doesn’t it? I thought so when I first heard it … “Dzogchen!” If we look it up, we enter the world of the Tibetan Nyingma tradition. However, all words … Continue reading

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PERCEIVING THOUGHTS

Perceiving Thoughts As with perceiving phenomena, where neither thought nor judgement is necessary (unless there is a need), so the same with thoughts in meditation. If we do have to think or reason about something, we can do that later, … Continue reading

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WE DO NOT THINK AS MUCH AS WE THINK WE DO!

We Do Not Think As Much As We Think We Do! Perception isn’t thinking. The more one realises, the more one realises. One takes a step, and the next step presents itself. Most of the time, we humans are on … Continue reading

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HOW DOES THIS SOUND?

How Does This Sound? As ordinary human beings, we are governed and controlled by our thoughts and emotions. Maybe we start to ask the questions; “What am I doing? Why are we here?” Is it merely to entertain ourselves, or … Continue reading

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NATURAL MEANINGFUL MUDRAS

  Natural Meaningful Mudra “A mudra (Sanskrit मुद्रा, “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”; Tibetan: ཕྱག་རྒྱ་)  is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism: it is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. “One hundred and eight mudras are used in … Continue reading

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MEDITATION IS LIBERATION FROM OUR SELF

“Meditation Is Liberation From Our Self” – Choskyi Gyatso Zopa Q. Does it matter who the author is? Q. Is a name more important than the message? If the name is more important, then we misplace our powers of reasoning. … Continue reading

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THE ‘MANY-GO-ROUND’

The ‘Many-Go-Round’ Are there many teachings, or only one? There are many, many teachings, with long mystical names, but in essence it is all about one, and that is pure consciousness. It is pure consciousness that has many expressions. This … Continue reading

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BEGUILED BY STILLNESS AND BY OCCURRENCES

Beguiled* By Stillness And By Occurrences Meditators can be blinded by stillness. Ordinary people are blinded by occurrences. In both cases, we become stuck and fixated. When lost in stillness, we become meditation gods. When lost in occurrences, we become … Continue reading

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WHO PERSEVERES, ACCOMPLISHES

  Who Perseveres, Accomplishes in the face of adversity. As truth-seeker house-holders, we have to be skilful in our endeavour to understand our true reality. Friends and relatives who are not so inclined will find this difficult to deal with. … Continue reading

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THE POINTING OUT INSTRUCTION

The Pointing Out Instruction The pointing out of the essence of being. It’s obvious … when pointed out. It’s quite ordinary, having no special or distinctive features. It’s normal, and yet ignored at every moment, while ever-present. We all have perception, so we perceive. That … Continue reading

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INTELLECT, A GOOD HEART AND COURAGE

Intellect, A Good Heart and Courage We need these three qualities to face adversity. The clarity of intellect. The clarity of a good heart. The clarity of knowing what is right. The realisation of these results in the clarity of … Continue reading

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WHAT IS COMPASSION?

What Is Compassion? Compassion is having the ability to empathise, to understand how another is feeling – and why – because we have been there and done that. We have all made mistakes in the past because we are all … Continue reading

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ARE CHRISTIANITY AND BUDDHISM COMPATIBLE?

Are Christianity And Buddhism Compatible? Certainly, if one widens the circle of understanding. Compatible: Latin compatibilis, from compati – ‘suffer with’. Put it this way; we are all human. All humans have both awareness and beliefs, and they suffer. To have a belief, we … Continue reading

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“I DON’T LIKE MY TEACHER OR TEACHERS”

“I Don’t Like My Teacher or Teachers” It happens. Actually, this feeling has its positive side, if we look closely enough. The ‘teacher’ has created a reaction in us. This is not intentional: it’s part of a process of relating … Continue reading

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HOW MANY PEOPLE NEVER KNOW?

How Many People Never ‘Know’? How many people live their lives, die, and never know their true nature? 1 Billion? 2 Billion? 7 and a half billion? 7 and a half billion is the number of inhabitants on Earth to … Continue reading

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IGNORANCE IS INTENTIONAL

Ignorance Is Intentional It is interesting (and, in fact, obvious when one thinks about it), that ‘ignorance’ comes from the word ‘ignore’: to ignore, to refuse to take notice of or acknowledge. To disregard intentionally. This means that we have … Continue reading

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SATANIC EVIL KILLS THE INNOCENT

Satanic Evil Kills The Innocent Satanic evil kills millions of innocent people through wars. Satanic evil has the potential to kill billions of innocent people through nuclear war. It doesn’t matter what people say, it is the outcome that matters. … Continue reading

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WHY ARE ‘RELIGIOUS’ PEOPLE SO CRAP AT COMPASSION?

Why Are ‘Religious’ People So Crap At Compassion? Of course, we have compassion for poor, indigenous people in far away places, but we are ‘hell beings’ to one another. Is this because of an idea about karma’s will? Or God’s will? … Continue reading

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WE ARE NEVER SEPARATED

We Are Never Separated When the mind is calm, it is never separated from emptiness and the clarity of awareness. When the mind is moving, it is never separated from emptiness and the clarity of awareness. When the mind is … Continue reading

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WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT EMPTINESS?

What’s So Important About Emptiness? It’s not the word ’emptiness’ that is important: it’s what it means in a spiritual context. The true nature of mind, our essential nature, our primordial nature, our first nature is pure and devoid of … Continue reading

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WANDERING PRACTITIONERS

Wandering Practitioners These are spiritual practitioners who give up everything and go out into the world to meditate, accepting whatever comes their way: heat/cold, food/no food, cave/doorway… they trust whatever arises, and rely on what people give them. It is … Continue reading

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SELF-EXISTING AWARENESS

Self-Existing Awareness It’s just there. ‘It’ is what we are. We don’t have to do anything. We meditate to arrive at the realisation of self-existing awareness, and rest there. When self-existing awareness is realised, stop ‘meditating’, as meditation then becomes … Continue reading

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LIVE AND LET LIVE

LIVE AND LET LIVE Live your life, and let others live theirs. It all depends on what we choose as the most important reason for our existence – our raison d’etre. That’s if we can reason … ! Theism: “Belief in the existence of … Continue reading

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LIGHT IN THE DARK AND DARK IN THE LIGHT

Light In The Dark and Dark In The Light What is light for some is dark for others. What is dark for some is light for others. This isn’t just playing with words; we’re talking about levels of understanding. In … Continue reading

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