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UNSTUCK

Unstuck The complete teaching Recognising that all dissatisfaction is fleeting and that recognition is constant, travelling around and arriving at the starting place, nothing has changed, and yet there is a feeling of completeness. In completeness, recognition and dissatisfaction are … Continue reading

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IT’S ALL WE KNOW – SO WE THINK

It’s All We Know – So We Think We live in a collective consciousness, wound up like clockwork toys. It’s all we know. We don’t actually think; we repeat. If something comes along outside our repetitious life, either it doesn’t … Continue reading

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CALLING ON THE ENLIGHTENED ONES FROM AFAR

Calling On Enlightened Ones From Afar We all need inspiration from someone or something that we consider more profound than ourselves. It is psychological, but also inspiring, and is something to aim for. This sense of deep appreciation or devotion … Continue reading

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A TERRIFYING SHOCK

A Terrifying Shock Ignorance: not recognising. How is that a shock? How many people on Earth recognise their true nature of pure awareness of ultimate being? They may be aware of their job, family, interests, church or being Buddhist, but … Continue reading

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SEEING GOOD, SEEING BAD

Seeing Good, Seeing Bad Good = beneficial Bad = harmful Both have an effect on us. Finding fault is easier than seeing good. Seeing good needs the complete picture. The complete picture is seeing both benefit and harm. In finding … Continue reading

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“PLATO’S CAVE IS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME!”

“Plato’s Cave Is Nothing To Do With Me!” Oh, really? Plato and Buddha Saw The Same Reality Plato knew that we are prisoner to illusions, and that we mistake appearance for reality. Plato’s shadow images are not merely philosophical speculation … Continue reading

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BEING CYNICAL

Being Cynical Cynical: believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. We aren’t cynical, are we?! How do we counter being cynical? We only have to hear the words ‘religion’ and ‘politicians’ or a particular name, and … Continue reading

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SOMETHING REALISED IS SOMETHING DESTROYED

Something Realised Is Something Destroyed Knowingness destroys ignorance. Confidence destroys doubt. Inner peace destroys agitation. When we have knowingness, confidence, and inner peace, we value these. This deepens our appreciation for the transmission of these qualities. Those transmissions come from … Continue reading

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SPIRIT IS ALWAYS FREE

Spirit Is Always Free It is pure emptiness itself. We are empty spirit. Concepts (karma) that enslave us are empty of any true reality. Nothing is real. Pure spirit is free in the moment of seeing. All we do is witness. … Continue reading

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BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

“Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder” On a conventional, relative level, this refers to our individual taste, which is formed by our individual understanding and opinion, and will be limited. On an ultimate level, beauty is seen as … Continue reading

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WHO RULES THE WORLD?

Who Rules The World? Actually, this is the wrong question. Before we can ask, “Who rules the world?” we must ask, “What rules the world?” All sentient beings – and the entire universe – are governed by attraction and repulsion. … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM

Thoughts Are Not The Problem Thoughts are not the problem. The problem is fixating on thoughts; this fixation can last a lifetime, creating our persona, our mask, our act. In being fixated, we prolong a feeling; we hold on to … Continue reading

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WE WILL NEVER FIND REALITY OR TRUTH…

We Will Never Find Reality Or Truth by thinking about reality or truth Reality – or truth – is the pure consciousness that is aware of the thinking. Pure consciousness never changes, whereas thinking does. This is not theory; it … Continue reading

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IN RIGPA, NOTHING STICKS

In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks Rigpa is a Tibetan Dzogchen word for naked awareness – pure consciousness. It is the very nature of mind. It is cognisant emptiness. It’s what we are. Thoughts arise in the naked awareness of mind, and … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD BE THE FINAL TEACHING?

What Would Be The Final Teaching? . . Just to clarify: Sit and realise pure awareness. Exhaust all fixations on self. To clarify even further: Whether we’re listening to someone else or the thoughts in our own minds, we no … Continue reading

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WE NEED A SHOCK TO WAKE UP

We Need A Shock To Wake Up People are devolving rather than evolving. Humanity is dumbing down. That is the shock. We are all suffering and do not recognise it. If we don’t recognise suffering, then we remain in our … Continue reading

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IS GOD BUDDHIST?

Is God Buddhist? ‘Bud-dha’ means awake and pure. Buddhism unveils our pure, cognisant, compassionate consciousness. Sentient beings are sleeping buddhas. When we awaken to our true consciousness of pure cognisant compassion, we realise our supreme being. As a lie can … Continue reading

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ILLUMINATING DARKNESS CAN BE DEPRESSING

Illuminating Darkness Can Be Depressing When we see clearly what we and others have done and are doing with our lives, it’s bit of a shock. It can also be depressing, as we realise that love is not all around … Continue reading

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ANTIDOTE: A TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL MEDICINE

Antidote: A Temporary Spiritual Medicine  An antidote is something that counteracts an unpleasant feeling, as in ‘laughter is a good antidote to stress’. But this does not get rid of the cause of the stress. Chanting, singing, praying out loud does relieve … Continue reading

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QUIETISM

Quietism “What is Quietism?” It is a level above Noise-ism. Quietism teaches that spiritual peace, and even perfection, can be achieved through quiet, inner contemplation. The practitioner of quietism seeks to subdue desire and become totally passive, spiritually. This is … Continue reading

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LIVING IN A BRAINWASHED WORLD

Living In A Brainwashed World (by consent) To wake up to reality, we first have to clear our minds of all the opinions and fixed ideas that we have collected and hold on to. We must acknowledge that these ideas … Continue reading

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THE LAMP THAT DISPELS DARKNESS

The Lamp That Dispels Darkness Dispelling Spells Dispel: to make disappear Spell: a state of enchantment This is a synopsis of the precious teaching,“The Lamp That Dispels Darkness”, write in 1906 by Mipham Rinpoche. This teaching is for those who … Continue reading

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LACK CERTAINTY, LACK IMPACT

Lack Certainty, Lack Impact If we lack certainty about what we understand, we will lack the impact needed to achieve and realise our objective. Uncertainty leads to a lack of inner peace. Of course, certainty has many levels so, conventionally, … Continue reading

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STOP BELIEVING IN GOD TO KNOW GOD

Stop Believing In God To Know God Our highest part is pure consciousness, absolute consciousness, ultimate consciousness, God consciousness. Hebrews 13:5 God said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Apart from not knowing who said God … Continue reading

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POSITIVE DISSATISFACTION

Positive Dissatisfaction Dissatisfaction is being no longer content or happy with something. When evolving – rather than just looking for a change – positive dissatisfaction is our stepping stone to the next level. The level we are at is not wrong; it has just worn … Continue reading

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WHAT IS MEDITATION, REALLY?

What Is Meditation, Really? Meditation is the direct recognition of the nature of mind, and whatever obscures it. And that which obscures it can the method of meditation itself! In the moment of recognition, there is no meditation. So, if … Continue reading

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THE NEXT STEP

The Next Step Read “Starting From The Beginning”: the teaching is all about the beginning. We doubt, so more text was created. Remember, “Beginner mind, Zen mind.” The very recognition that we are dissatisfied is the meaning of the unity … Continue reading

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STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING

Starting From The Beginning We ask ourselves, “What’s it all about?” What is ‘it’ ? Is ‘it’ the world, or our life? If we are asking these questions, it means that we are questioning the collective consciousness, the collective karma, … Continue reading

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BODHICITTA, PARAMITAS, OM MANI PEME HUM …

Bodhicitta, Paramitas, Om mani peme hum … … all mean the same thing. Bodhicitta, the paramitas, om mani peme hum are all the six perfections: generosity, patience, conscience, perseverance, meditation/concentration, and wisdom There is: Relative and ultimate bodhicitta. Relative and … Continue reading

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THE DRAGON’S ROAR

The Dragon’s Roar The reason we turn to spiritual psychology for answers is that we desirea better life than this materialistic way of living. This desire can have one of two aspects: we either desire to know more and be … Continue reading

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MEDITATION DOESN’T MAKE US OBLIVIOUS

Meditation Doesn’t Make Us Oblivious Meditation is being aware all the time. Some people believe that meditation means being oblivious – being unaware of what is going on around them. Maybe there are traditions were one becomes totally absorbed, but … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL PATHS SHOULD HEAL OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL NEUROSES…

Spiritual Paths Should Heal Our Psychological Neuroses… …rather then cover them up Spirituality is the practical study of our psychological make up and beyond, to undo our neuroses rather than creating more. The essence of any teaching – rather than … Continue reading

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FINDING THE BUDDHA IN THE MUD PART 1

Finding The Buddha In The Mud Part 1 Before we start a journey, we have to know where we are going, and why we’re going there. This is especially true with our spiritual journey – the journey within consciousness – … Continue reading

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FINDING THE BUDDHA IN THE MUD PART 2

Finding The Buddha In The Mud Part 2 The uniqueness of Dzogchen (the Tibetan word for pure awareness/pure consciousness) is the realisation of the goal without a journey. It’s not the only system: there is a plethora of spiritual traditions … Continue reading

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FINDING THE BUDDHA IN THE MUD PART3

Finding The Buddha In The Mud Part 3 There are many spiritual paths offering vertical approaches to spirituality, where we do this and then this, and we get this – if we are lucky. The ‘lateral’ approach to spirituality is … Continue reading

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FINDING THE BUDDHA IN THE MUD PART 4

Finding The Buddha In The Mud Part 4 Ordinary words convey conventional meanings, but those very same words can also have an extraordinary meaning. This extraordinary meaning cuts through the neurolinguistics we have adopted (neurolinguistics is the study of the neural mechanisms in … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE VALUE TRUTH?

How Do We Value Truth? Even though we may recognise and acknowledge that ultimate truth is pure consciousness, it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate something so ordinary – ordinary in the sense of not being anything, without characteristics, just clear. Being clear doesn’t … Continue reading

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KARMA IS OUR UNDOING!

Karma Is Our Undoing! Karma is our fixations about whatever we think we are. It creates our moods, where we are comfortably numb to our – and others’ – reality. Noticing this illusion cuts through all that crap. Acknowledging that … Continue reading

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GOD WILL COME

God Will Come We will ultimate find God when we stop looking, and see. Silence is an eloquent teaching. In that, we ultimately find God. In silence, God comes. Words obscure. God is absolute consciousness, which is pure consciousness. But … Continue reading

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BIG BANG OR BIG GOD?

Big Bang or Big God? Neither! In an infinite universe of infinite space, how could one big bang suddenly decide to happen without a cause? If there was a cause, then there was something present before. Likewise, why did a … Continue reading

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MIND-FULL OF EMPTINESS

Mind-Full of Emptiness This is the path to enlightenment: the complete picture. There are two aspects to complete enlightenment: one is consciousness-awareness and the other is its purity of emptiness. There are also two ways of coming to this realisation. … Continue reading

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WE ARE ALL UNIQUE

We Are All Unique We may all be pure consciousness, but we are all wired differently (due to karma) and so, we express differently. Even though we may be pure consciousness, we don’t all co-mingle into one huge mass (although … Continue reading

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SEEING THE TEACHER AS THE BUDDHA

Seeing The Teacher As The Buddha … …is a cultural hot potato! It depends our aptitude: Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga or Jnana yoga? Bhakti yoga is the path of devotion – adore the guru. Karma yoga is the path of … Continue reading

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RENUNCIATION

Renunciation Renunciation: the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action. There comes a time when we know that we know. We know we are efficient, and that makes us happy. We know how to guard ourselves … Continue reading

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THE POWER OF EMPTINESS

The Power Of Emptiness It is in the power of the realisation of emptiness that the dualistic patterns of consciousness cease to be able to function. Without the realisation of emptiness, consciousness will continue to express itself, but in a … Continue reading

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I MET THE DEVIL LAST NIGHT

I Met The Devil Last Night … and the devil’s name was bureaucracy. Bureaucracy creates the word. The word becomes interpreted. Interpretation creates chaos. The devil laughs at this chaos, as we become part of his order. Order out of … Continue reading

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LED TO BELIEVE

Led To Believe Led to believe … and we believe How’s that for a magic trick? How’s that for neurolinguistic programming?! Demonic activity: “And for my next trick, you will believe that your beliefs are your own ideas”. Belief: an acceptance that something exists or is true, without proof.

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‘I’ AND EGO

‘I’ and Ego These are not separate entities. The word ‘I’ comes from the Greek ‘ego’. Ego is a self-identification to which consciousness clings. A lie must have an element of truth in it to be believed. We are led to … Continue reading

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TOGAL IS AS NATURAL AS WE CAN BE

Togal Is As Natural As We Can Be What is Togal? First, we are introduced to the essence of mind, which is emptiness. Then, we are introduced to cutting through thoughts arising in emptiness. Finally, the qualities of the view … Continue reading

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IF PHENOMENA WERE REAL

If Phenomena Were Real It takes time to get one’s head around this! If all phenomena were real, then phenomena would be permanent, andnever change. Everything would be frozen. If phenomena changes, then phenomena has no permanent reality and so, … Continue reading

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