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THE MOTIVATION FOR COMPASSION

The Motivation For Compassion Everyone, without exception, wants and needs happiness. Unfortunately, we are mistaken and confused in our endeavours to be happy, because we do not know exactly what happiness is. We are constantly creating the wrong conditions for … 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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I STILL WANT TO IMPROVE!

I Still Want To Improve! This is how we all feel. In the moment now, it’s true that there is nothing to improve as, in the moment now, there is only pure awareness – emptiness – with phantoms arising within … Continue reading

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NEGATIVE EMOTIONS ARE THE ENLIGHTENED WISDOMS

Negative Emotions are Enlightened Wisdoms Insight is in the emotions; the emotions are the insight. When emotions are over-excited, they obscure wisdom. When recognised, emotions are our wisdom-nature. Wisdom: penetrating intelligent insight and realisation of ultimate truth. Emotion: from the … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM: BEYOND BELIEF

Buddhism: Beyond Belief To find that which is beyond belief, we have to turn everything – everything – on its head. A belief is our viewpoint; it’s our way of thinking , and how we judge. We all believe in … Continue reading

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LIVING IN A WORLD OF FEAR

Living In A World Of Fear from Wikipedia: “The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to confrontation with or escape from the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response) which, in extreme cases of fear (horror and … Continue reading

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DON’T BECOME A BUDDHIST!

Don’t Become A Buddhist! 😀 I didn’t become a Buddhist to become a Buddhist. I became a Buddhist to find out about the nature of reality. I didn’t come here to be a Buddhist and add to my charade. I … Continue reading

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THE WORLD IS RULED BY REPTILIANS!

The World Is Ruled By Reptilians! We’ve all read this on the internet, and…it’s true. However, it’s not what you think! Where are these reptilians? Can we see them? Oh yes, it’s quite simple; the reptilians are at work everywhere, … Continue reading

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MIND’S HIDDEN FAULTS PART 1

Mind’s Hidden Faults Part 1 An Exposure of the Mind’s Hidden Faults by Patrul Rinpoche “It sometimes happens that some practitioners believe it is impossible to recognise the nature of mind. They become depressed and sad. There is no reason … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM IN ACTION

Buddhism In Action Wisdom in confusion.

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“I CANNOT FIND PURE AWARENESS”

“I Cannot Find Pure Awareness” “I cannot find myself” Pure awareness is that which is aware of thoughts, without comment. No comment means no contamination. It is therefore pure emptiness: our empty essence. The idea that pure awareness cannot be … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM: FINDING YOUR HEART’S DESIRE

Buddhism: Finding Your Heart’s Desire The obstacle to heart’s desire is mind’s desire. “But I do listen to my heart.” The presence of “I” is mind’s desire. The heart – our silent, essential nature – knows mind’s desires. “What is … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM, JESUS AND FAITH

Buddhism, Jesus and Faith Theistic religions are based on belief and faith as, in fact, is Buddhism in the beginning, despite it being non-theistic. In Buddhism, we hear about something and we may believe it to be true, but it’s … Continue reading

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CAN ROBOTS HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS?

Can Robots Have Consciousness? From a Buddhist perspective, yes they can. If we regard consciousness as the ‘be-all and end-all’, then we have a very limited view of ourselves. If we are using the word ‘consciousness’ to mean ‘aware’ then … Continue reading

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THE ‘FOUR’ IGNORANCES

The ‘Four’ Ignorances Traditionally, in Buddhism, we speak of two ignorances, or veils: ignorance of our true nature and the ignorance of maintaining that mistaken view, which is our own doing. It is obvious that if we have these veils, … Continue reading

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THE REAL POWER OF OM MANI PEME HUM

The Real Power of OM MANI PEME HUM is in the realisation of not applying it! Buddhism is not for the complacent: it’s for those who investigate everything. In Buddhism, compassion is highlighted through the practice of the mantra of … Continue reading

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NEGATIVE NEGATIVITY

Negative Negativity It’s something to look out for. We would all like things to be better. This creates reactions, and emotions arise in the mind from a sense of compassion, but it becomes personal, and so we get involved. Through … Continue reading

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WHAT IS BUDDHISM?

What Is Buddhism? It is awakening. Buddhism starts with awareness and ends with awareness. We start with awareness of being unhappy and dissatisfied: we are, in fact, suffering. This suffering ends when awareness itself has been realised: this is direct, … Continue reading

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A DOUBLE TAKE ON EMPTINESS

A Double Take On Emptiness Emptiness = clearness, lack of adornment In Sanskrit, the word ‘shunyata’ means emptiness. But what is emptiness? We first need an intellectual understanding of emptiness, and then we can recognise the experience. Emptiness is non-grasping … Continue reading

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MEDITATION IS A MEANS TO AN END

Meditation Is A Means To An End Devotion is a means to an end Compassion is a means to an end Direct recognition is a means to an end …of confusion. Washing the car is a means to an end. … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM FOR THE GRITTY

Buddhism For The Gritty “True Grit” 😉 Gritty: showing courage, resolve, tenacity. Being aware of the unpleasant, and unwaveringly seeing it as it really is; uncompromising. There are many ways to obtain peace of mind – a mind that is … Continue reading

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THE UNIQUENESS OF OUR PATH

The Uniqueness Of Our Path Because of our personal fixations and inclinations, we have to confront a unique karmic obligation, bound by universal law. Our spiritual path (to knowing our absolute nature) is our own relative confusion that obscures that … Continue reading

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THE OPPOSITE OF TRUTH IS A LIE

The Opposite of Truth is a Lie In Buddhism, the word lie is not used: out of compassion, the terms ‘mistakes’, ‘confusion’ or ‘misperceptions’ are employed. A lie obscures the truth. This can either be a unconscious, confused idea or … Continue reading

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THE FOUR ENLIGHTENED ACTIVITIES

The Four Enlightened Activities Sometimes in the dharma, it isn’t always possible to find an exact meaning of a text, such as those describing – in practical terms – the four enlightened activities of Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetising and Destroying. There … Continue reading

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BEING RULED BY HEAVEN AND HELL

Being Ruled by Heaven and Hell creates confusion, creates indifference We have long been deceived by the terms ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’: the deception keeps these as beliefs, and so we remain confused and indifferent, when we can know the reality … Continue reading

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WHAT IS

What is ‘Is’ is the present participle of ‘being’. It is the only reality, for without being present, nothing would be known. ‘It’ is pure awareness, spontaneous presence. All outer and inner appearances are impermanent; a seemingly reality. They are … Continue reading

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THE INSEPARABLE TWO TRUTHS

The Inseparable Two Truths The inseparable two truths: the real and the reflection. The moon, reflected in water. Reality is Bud-dha nature – pure awareness, empty of constructs. Empty essence became excited about being and was attracted to its own … Continue reading

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THE MIND IS EMPTY

The Mind Is Empty The mind is empty, whether still or moving. Neither accept nor reject whatever appears. Rest in the natural continuity of empty awareness. Know ignorance! It’s funny how we use words for years and then suddenly see … Continue reading

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CONFIDENCE BEYOND DOUBT

Confidence Beyond Doubt We need confidence that is beyond belief and wishful thinking. Confidence must be without conceit. True confidence is unshakeable, which leads to unshakeable compassion. This is not for the faint hearted! Although we have much to learn … Continue reading

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COMING DOWN TO EARTH

Coming down to earth The following may sound a little controversial but is meant kindly, in order to clarify: you may not see this the same way, but that’s ok… Realisations can be a shock in their obvious simplicity. Before … Continue reading

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TAKING AWARENESS FOR GRANTED

Taking Awareness for Granted… and so limiting our potential by not noticing this awareness! Be aware of awareness. Resting, silent, in that awareness, awareness becomes pure awareness. Be aware of habitual reactions arising in that pure awareness.Pure awareness dissolves habitual … Continue reading

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THE OPPOSITE OF EMPTINESS…

The Opposite of Emptiness… The opposite of emptiness is solidity: appearances are reified when the clarity of mind becomes dull, and clings. Emptiness is the clear quality of mind; our true nature. In clinging, we forget this clear quality and … Continue reading

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VALUING PAST MASTERS

Valuing Past Masters On our spiritual journey, we need as much help as we can get. We also shouldn’t underestimate the power of the psychological effects of inspiration and aspiration. This needn’t be elaborate: we merely open our minds up … Continue reading

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UNCERTAINTY IS THE KEY TO RECOGNISING PURE AWARENESS

Uncertainty is the Key to Recognising Pure Awareness If we think we are pure awareness, we have just come out of pure awareness. If there is uncertainty about pure awareness, merely be aware of that which is aware of that … Continue reading

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WE CONSENT TO PLAY IN THE DEVIL’S TEMPLE

We Consent to Play in The Devil’s Temple Buddhism’s primary aim is to recognise suffering and the cause of suffering, which is ignorance of our true nature of unconditional happiness. However, we must also recognise that there are outside forces … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCES

Beautiful Experiences This may not be what we expect: we may think that a beautiful experience is more than we have right now…but maybe beauty is in less. To some, beautiful experiences may suggest supernatural meditational experiences such as out … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM IS PERFECT. BUDDHISTS ARE NOT!

Buddhism is perfect. Buddhist are not! Isn’t it relief to know that we still have something to do?

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CLARITY

Clarity…continuing from yesterday.  Because of stillness, clarity comes to the fore, or rather, our mental contaminations drop away. This clarity illumines questions with which our mind is concerned. Clarity answers its own questions: it scans the mind for data – … Continue reading

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SAME THEME – DIFFERENT APPROACH

Same theme – different approach.  A Bhakti Yoga teacher (the way of devotion) once said:  “When I pray, I speak and God listens. When I meditate, God speaks and I listen.”  A Buddhist teacher (the way of knowledge) might say: … Continue reading

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SIN: THEISM AND BUDDHISM

Sin: Theism and Buddhism.  All paths are valid to suit the individual. Even on a path there are variations in approach. Until we are free from all mental fixations, we will meet with adversities. Depending on our level of practice, … Continue reading

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EXPECTING MEDITATION TO GET BETTER

Expecting meditation to get better.  We expect meditation to get better, but find nothing happening and get disheartened.  We hear all sort of stories about meditation but nothing happens to us. We just sit. And nothing happens.  We see all … Continue reading

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