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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE UK RETREAT

 Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Easter Retreat 2020 THE TENDERNESS OF TRUE COMPASSION Bookings have now opened for this year’s UK retreat led by Tsoknyi Rinpoche It will run from 30th March – 5th April. at Bruton School for Girls, Somerset, UK Book … Continue reading

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INNER HAPPINESS AND OUTER HAPPINESS

Inner Happiness And Outer Happiness Our inner happiness affects our outer happiness. If we only look for outer happiness, then we will have to go on looking. (Don’t be put off by the word ‘happiness’; read it as ‘sanity’.) Inner … Continue reading

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LIFE AFTER REALISATION

Life After Realisation It’s okay being you! This me is the conveyance to enlightenment. That which we call me is certainly an illusion as it is a temporary arrangement of body and mindset, but now we see it and use … Continue reading

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I CAN’T STOP THINKING

I Can’t Stop Thinking It’s what an “I” does. The mind thinks thoughts. It’s what is does. To ask it to stop thinking would be like asking the eyes to stop seeing. Thinking and seeing are natural. The deception is … Continue reading

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FISH OUT OF WATER

Fish Out Of Water Trying to conforming to others’ standards, we may feel alone. Once we feel alone, we become detached, and recognise our unique path to enlightenment. When we feel that we are not just a human (or fish … Continue reading

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NOBODY IS ORDINARY

Nobody Is Ordinary We are all enlightened essence, unique in discovering that our path to this realisation is the recognition of our own confusion. Thinking we are special, while conforming to others’ confusion, Enlightenment is nothing special, as cognisant emptiness … Continue reading

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ZERO INTOLERANCE

Zero Intolerance From an enlightened point of view, zero intolerance means complete tolerance generosity patience discipline concentration and compassionate wisdom. On the path to enlightenment, there is no place to hold back or hide.

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ZERO TOLERANCE =ZERO COMPASSION

Zero Tolerance = Zero Compassion This exposes the resident evil in the world. It starts off to protect, and then technology and memes tighten the net until we are in fear of whatever we say and think. We have to … Continue reading

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A FEELING ISN’T AN EMOTION

A Feeling Isn’t An Emotion (continued from yesterday) As we realise something, we realise more. ‘Feeling’ is something actually felt (an intuition) in the first moment of experience, as opposed to our ‘feelings’ that we hold on to and carry … Continue reading

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FEELING FLAT OR HEAVY?

Feeling Flat Or Heavy? There is a reason for feeling flat or heavy, and it’s fine. The same goes for every feeling we all experience. In Buddhism, there is an explanation known as the twelve links of causes and karmic … Continue reading

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STUCK IN THE EIGHTH CONSCIOUSNESS

Stuck In The Eighth Consciousness Different traditions explain this differently In the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma tradition, there are eight consciousnesses; five of the senses and three of the mind. There is one more, the ninth, which is pure consciousness. The … Continue reading

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS A SERIES OF REALISATIONS

Enlightenment Is A Series Of Realisations A series of releases. A series of diminishing fixations. A series of emotions transforming into wisdoms. Emotions flare up, and their brilliance is seen as the spontaneous light of pure consciousness. Emotions and recognition … Continue reading

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NO ONE IS ORIGINAL

No One Is Original We are the origin that transcends all. Receiving the transmission on reality, we go out into the world that shows us our place. How do we know we have the transmission? Genuine, interested, empathetic compassion arises.

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LIGHT, COLOURS AND DIRECT SEEING

Lights, Colours And Direct Seeing A conclusion (so far) about Togal When we paint a picture, we start off with pure colours – red, yellow and blue – straight from the tube. Mixing these together for the first time, the … Continue reading

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STARTING WITH PRELIMINARIES OR ADVANCED TEACHINGS?

Starting With Preliminaries Or Advanced Teachings? Do we start at the beginning, or at the end? This up to the individual teacher or student. We usually start at the beginning in order to get to the end, but this is … Continue reading

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HOW IS EVERYTHING AN ILLUSION?

How Is Everything An Illusion? And why is this a problem for us? The illusion isn’t the problem: it’s believing and clinging to the illusion that binds us. We can have fun with illusion – like blowing pretty bubbles in … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS ARE TOUGH

Spiritual Teachings Are Tough They aren’t about feeling good: they are meant to open our insight. Whether pleasant or unpleasant, the eye of wisdom opens to see clearly. The magic of daily life happens through close inspection and gratitude. Compassion … Continue reading

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IF WE CAN MANAGE OUR THOUGHTS

If We Can Manage Our Thoughts If we can manage our thoughts, then we can go anywhere. If we cannot manage our thoughts, then we want to be in a nice, safe place. The Buddha’s teachings help us to realise … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NORMAL

There Is No Such Thing As Normal Normal: conforming to others’ standards. Conforming means consenting to others’ concepts and, in doing so, we give away our authority to breakout of this mayhem of strife. Unless we recognise and are obeying … Continue reading

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ONCE WE REALISE THE THREE KAYAS

Once We Realise The Three Kayas Once we realise the three Kayas, we understand everything. These three principles have a positive and negative aspect. They become negative when we ignore the positive. Positive: Dharmakaya = Emptiness Sambhogakaya = Consciousness Nirmanakaya … Continue reading

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THERE IS ONE, SIMPLE, UNIVERSAL TRUTH

There Is One, Simple, Universal Truth There is one, simple, universal truth: we are non-duality of pure conscious. Our story starts when we admit that we ignore this truth, and finishes with the realisation of this truth. Until then, we … Continue reading

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SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT SUCH THINGS?

Should We Talk About Such Things? Is our intelligence merely received information? The more we investigate, the more potent the observation. Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. If our intelligence is just received information, then we are programmed through … Continue reading

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FINDING OUR TRUE LINEAGE

Finding Our True Lineage Returning to our inner intention. Being happy. There is a lineage calling within us all: it is our path to enlightenment. This isn’t an organisation or tradition; it’s an inner longing. It isn’t hope; it’s more … Continue reading

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CLEAR IMITATION – CONFUSED IMITATION

Clear Imitation – Confused Imitation We have a choice of two paths in life: one is to follow organised confusion, and the other is to realise our original wisdom. We know what organised confusion is like as we live in … Continue reading

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SOFT AND HARD

Soft And Hard We don’t realise how hard and fixated we are about things. Anything hard snaps easily. Meditation – or remembering our true nature – brings about an unbreakable softness. We become more flexible. Wishing you many transmissions and … Continue reading

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ALWAYS RETURN TO FIRST PRINCIPLES

Always Return To First Principles Watching the breath cuts through circling thoughts. This brings us back to thought-free now. We become one with the breath. Breath is life. Life is spirit. Spirit is pure consciousness. We are this without thinking. … Continue reading

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A SYSTEM IS A GOOD BEGINNING

A System Is A Good Beginning A system is a good beginning, but a system can make us passive and ‘samey’. In a system, we feel good and safe. We go through our routines and establish a basis to work … Continue reading

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REALISING EMPTINESS

Realising Emptiness It is so simple. Our eyes have tear ducts to keep them clean and clear. We are so used to this clarity that we don’t notice it, and ignore it … until the arrival of a speck of … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM: LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS

Buddhism: Logical Conclusions Buddhism isn’t a religion. It is spiritual guidance for consciousness. Our salvation and sanity come through our own efforts to realise the truth about consciousness. We attain realisation through knowledge, not prayer. Through knowledge, we recognise the … Continue reading

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TOO INTENSE?

Too Intense? Our ‘self’ is a construct, a programme received from our environmental conveyor belt. True spiritual teachings dismantle this self-belief. Without realising, we have had our minds numbed to our true reality. The shock of realising the confusion in … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

How To Make The World A Better Place See it differently. The world is a huge illusion built on cultural ideas and beliefs. Making an illusion better actually only makes it worse. We make the world better by seeing the … Continue reading

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THE SCALES FALL FROM OUR EYES

The Scales Fall From Our Eyes “Immediately, there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once.” Acts 9:18, New King James Version. Let the “scales fall from our eyes”. What does that really mean? How are we … Continue reading

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THE MESSIAH COMPLEX

The Messiah Complex Hasn’t it caused a lot of problems in the world? Messiah: The anointed saviour who is said to bring the dead back to life, reuniting them with their souls. We know that this means different things to … Continue reading

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TRUE SPIRITUALITY IS PRACTICAL

True Spirituality Is Practical  True spirituality is practical because we know how to drop preconceived ideas and see directly.

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THE REALISATION OF SPIRITUALITY IS PRACTICAL

The Realisation of Spirituality Is Practical Practical Spirituality helps us to cope with life with a sensible and realistic approach to situations or problems, by means of clear observation without preconceived ideas. In the beginning was not a book: a book is someone else’s view. Never … Continue reading

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS NEVER FORGETTING

Enlightenment Is Never Forgetting Once we recognise and realise that we are pure consciousness, that is the beginning of our spiritual path. Now, it is up to us to remember. The more we remember, the less we forget. It’s a … Continue reading

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DREAM CATCHERS

Dream Catchers We are the dream catchers; we catch others’ dreams. Dreams are what happens in the mind when we are unaware, and we then act out the mind’s thoughts. It makes no difference whether we are conventional dreamers or … Continue reading

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CONFUSION CREATES FUTILE DILIGENCE

Confusion Creates Futile Diligence Confuse: To make someone or something bewildered, more complex and less easy to understand. Confusion: The result of making someone confused. Spiritual texts suggest that we are confused because we ignore our true reality. Of course this is true, but we are … Continue reading

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BEYOND EXTREMES

Beyond Extremes We are extremists if we believe anything. Holding onto ideas and beliefs denies the next moment of clear space. Without clarity, the next moment becomes smothered by the past, whereas the emptiness of clarity allows wisdom to be … Continue reading

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IS THERE A UNIVERSAL, CREATIVE PRINCIPLE?

Is There A Universal, Creative Principle? If so, is that creative principle for our benefit, or is it a distraction? Is there more to our reality? We talk about God, Nature, Love, Self and Consciousness; are they all one? Do … Continue reading

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WHEN THE PROGRAMME MALFUNCTIONS

When The Programme Malfunctions Whoopee! There are moments when we just don’t feel ‘right’. Unfortunately, we look for solace to get us back into the action in order to feel good. We have been bombarded from cradle to grave with … Continue reading

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IT’S BEEN A CRINGEWORTHY LIFE

It’s Been A Cringeworthy Life Cringe: an inward shiver of embarrassment when thinking about our past actions. We follow others. We assumed a posture, but suddenly we don’t believe any of it any more. We remember all those things we did and … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE IGNORE THE TRUTH?

Why Do We Ignore The Truth? We ignore the truth because, in knowing truth, we realise what isn’t true, and that will change our life. Because of our habitual clinging to our view on life, we choose to keep doing and … Continue reading

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Searching On This Site

There are over 2.500 posts on this site. If you do not find what you need, just write a key word in the search box at the bottom of this page, and see what comes up. If you still do … Continue reading

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IS THE VOICE OF GOD…A NYAM?

Is The Voice Of God … A Nyam? This isn’t meant to upset anyone; the intention is to clarify, and identify the mistakes that may happen when we become attached to experiences, believe in them, make rules about them and … Continue reading

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CAN INSPIRATION BECOME ENTERTAINMENT?

Can Inspiration Become Entertainment? We may get – and then seek out – nice feelings of bliss, clarity or absence of thoughts. But it’s never enough and we want more, and thus become attached to these experiences. In Tibetan, the word … Continue reading

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SPIRITUALITY IS A SCIENCE AND NOT A BELIEF

Spirituality Is A Science And Not A Belief Spirituality is a science, and not a belief. As children, are made to believe that we must believe. Spirituality is pure consciousness: we are pure consciousness and without that, we wouldn’t know … Continue reading

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TRUE HARMONY AND FALSE HARMONY

True Harmony And False Harmony Harmony: a combination that works as one. Unison: oneness. Conventional harmony and unison are temporary. Ultimate harmony and unison are our reality. True harmony comes from the realisation of inner unison. Harmony is being at one, but … Continue reading

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ON FINDING NOTHING, WE HAVE ARRIVED

On Finding Nothing, We Have Arrived When we look for our mind and a self, nothing is found. All that is left is empty awareness. This is such a simple realisation that it is unbelievable! We have found what remains…pure … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS OPEN THE MIND. STATEMENTS CLOSE IT.

Questions Open The mind. Statements Close It. Statements programme the mind, while questions release us from that programming. This is how we, in actuality, realise the path to enlightenment, rather than merely acquiring answers.

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