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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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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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DO WE HAVE TO BE SPECIAL TO BE SPIRITUAL?

Do We Have To Be Special To be Spiritual? The Buddha saw that everyone has Buddha nature, but we’re asleep. The word ‘Buddha’ merely means awake and pure, so from that point of view, no one is special … equally, … Continue reading

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HOW TO BECOME KIND, COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING

How Do We Become Kind, Compassion and Loving Through sadness. The true reality of what we are is pure consciousness that has been obscured by distractions, causing suffering. Sadness arises within our heart because the realisation of this pure consciousness … Continue reading

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THE ESSENCE OF DZOGCHEN

The Essence of Dzogchen Dzogchen is a Tibetan word for ‘the great perfection’, and the ‘great perfection’ is simply pure consciousness/empty awareness. In Sanskrit’ it is called Maha Ati. If any more is said about this, it will just sound … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM IS …

Buddhism Is … … recognition … and the realisation of that recognition. All appearances are temporary occurrences in the churning-mind-machine. Consciousness recognises these appearances, and realises that are they recognised by virtue of consciousness itself. We are that consciousness. Through … Continue reading

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THERE’S NO TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE

There’s No Talking To Some People Most people believe in their persona, and nothing else. Persona: the character presented to and perceived by others. A role, a mask, played by an actor. We hide behind a persona, a self image, in a belief that whatever we … Continue reading

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LOVE IS CONFIDENCE

Love Is Confidence Confidence is complete certainty about the truth, through experience. Empathy is confidence bursting with compassion.

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PAVLOV’S DOGS

Pavlov’s Dogs* Conditioned Reflex, Psychic Secretions, Dopamine, Addiction, Virtual Reality = Mind Hack! Exploitation of the vulnerable is demonic activity: it uses spiritual teachings to profit from human frailty, utilising the three poisons of hope, fear and indifference that govern … Continue reading

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NO EMPATHY; KNOW APATHY

No Empathy; Know Apathy Without empathy there can be neither compassion nor love, and so we remain in apathy. When we talk about spirituality, we want to be inspired and uplifted and think only good things, but we have to … Continue reading

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THE FINAL CONCLUSION

The Final Conclusion We are consciousness itself. We know this truth inherently, but due to the obscuring indoctrination we’ve experienced in life, we are unable to express it, and so we cling to a partial view: the resulting diversity divides … Continue reading

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THE INSEPARABILITY OF BUDDHISM AND GOD

The Inseparability Of Buddhism And God It is not a matter of being aware of God; God is the awareness. Without awareness, we would never know, would we? No awareness No God. Inspiration and insight come from the clarity of … Continue reading

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CAN WE CHANGE OUR BRAIN?

Can We Change Our Brain? If we can change our mind, we can change our brain. But changing our mind isn’t as easy as we think! Neural pathways are set up when we’re young and that is our programme, our … Continue reading

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DHARMAKAYA, SAMBHOGAKAYA AND NIRMANAKAYA?

Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya And Nirmanakaya? Simple! Dharmakaya:     finding nothing – emptiness. Sambhogakaya: awareness of finding nothing – the brightness of clarity. Nirmanakaya:    the inseparability of the two – clear light – unconfined compassion. Why is this compassion? Because … Continue reading

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COMPASSION – DOES IT WORK?

Compassion – Does It Work? Well, we are not going to change the world – not in its current mindset of over reaction and aggression. So what’s compassion all about, then? It’s all about remaining tranquil within one’s own mind, … 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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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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BAD KARMA OR GOOD KARMA?

Bad Karma or Good Karma? It all depends on how we see it. An example. Because we choose a different lifestyle, our family, friends and strangers may shun us, or feel hostile towards us. They may choose not to talk … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL NARCISSISM AND SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM

Spiritual Narcissism and Spiritual Materialism This is a touchy subject which requires delicate handling as it’s possible to become oversensitive and upset. All we are doing is being aware of our potential behaviour. After all, our path is our confusion, … Continue reading

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AWAKENING COMPASSION

Awakening Compassion means waking up to our reality. It means love … even though! When we realise our own true nature, compassion naturally arises in recognition that all sentient beings want happiness, and that this happiness is hidden from them. … Continue reading

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WHAT IS BUDDHISM?

What is Buddhism? We are bound by our emotions, which protect a ‘me’ – an illusory self image. Buddhism is the path leading to insight into the true nature of reality of self and all phenomena. Through personal experience, our … Continue reading

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THE QUALITY OF MEDITATION

The Quality Of Meditation What really counts is the quality of mind resting. Absolutely doing nothing. Just being aware. It counts because, throughout life, the quality and quantity of resting in our natural state of being mounts up. The outcome … Continue reading

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TUNING IN TO BUDDHA ESSENCE

Tuning In To Buddha Essence is turning into Buddha essence To tune in, we adjust. Adjusting is refining frequency at the rate at which something occurs over a particular period of time. In other words, remembrance. Although we may have … Continue reading

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WILL MEDITATION MAKE ME HAPPY?

Will Meditation Make Me Happy? …and have a better life? No … yes … depends … yes! No … because you (pure consciousness) are already happy. Yes … because meditation is a way of recognising that which is obscuring this … Continue reading

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MARA IS RELIABLE

Mara Is Reliable The word ‘mara’ is a Sanskrit word for the demonic activity of selfishness in the mind, which is manifested out of ignorance of our true nature of pure compassionate awareness. Mara is expressed by our likes and … Continue reading

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YOUR TEACHER DOESN’T LOVE YOU

Your Teacher Doesn’t Love You Your teacher loves the teaching from the highest realm. Your teacher empathises with your earthly suffering. Your teacher has compassion for your bewilderment. The teacher can put an end to confusion but cannot end your … Continue reading

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GENUINE INNER PEACE

Genuine Inner Peace Genuine inner peace is available at any moment. Not a temporary affair, but the real thing. This blogger cannot claim to have genuine peace at every moment, but merely an understanding that it is accessible. The obstacles … Continue reading

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THE OUTCOME OF ‘KNOWING’ IS COMPASSION

The Outcome of ‘Knowing’ Is Compassion It doesn’t matter how much we think we know, if compassion isn’t present, we are no more than clever, tinkling bells. Teachings are given so that we become a light for others, passing on … Continue reading

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I WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON!

I Want To Be A Better Person! The cake of compassion’s ingredients are the six perfections. We’ve had five builders come to our house about a project: each had a different approach to an agreed, basic problem. Teachers and traditions are … Continue reading

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THE PLANET OF SLEEPING BUDDHAS

The Planet Of Sleeping Buddhas If we want to wake up, we have to follow in the footsteps of those that have awoken. This is the purpose of devotion/inspiration. However, we need the right motivation. This is the purpose of … 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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ADVERSITY IS OUR BEST FRIEND

Adversity Is Our Best Friend Our enemy is our best friend. Those who annoy us are our best friends. Why? They reveal what we are holding onto. They make it easier to be detached. They help us show compassion. Of … Continue reading

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WHAT IS LOVE?

What is Love? Love: a strong feeling of affection – to care for. ORIGIN Old English lufu, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit lubhyati ‘desires’. The opposite of love is hate or to detest. There are … Continue reading

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WHAT IS MOST CHALLENGING?

What is most challenging? What is most challenging? To see the potential in others. It is only when we are confident that we can be generous. Seeing the potential in others can make us compassionate or angry. It is in … Continue reading

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THE COMPLETE DHARMA IS WITHIN US ALL

The Complete Dharma is Within Us All Even though the teachings of the Buddha and the ancient masters are fully comprehensive and elaborate, they are all within us. We know everything there is to know; we merely have to take … Continue reading

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COMPASSION AS CONDUCT

Compassion as Conduct   Compassion –conduct and empathy with others – is our teacher. Understanding and recognising our true nature is straightforward: we have awareness and that awareness is pure, at its most refined. This is simple and logical. Our … Continue reading

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FANCY A TRIP TO DEWACHEN?

Fancy a trip to Dewachen?  First, we must step out of our chain of cyclic reactions.  If we wish for higher realms such as Dewachen – the realm of infinite joy and happiness – we must break this vicious cycle … Continue reading

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A SYMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING

A Sympathetic Understanding  When we have a sympathetic understandingof causes and effects (karma),we becomethe lord of compassion.  Since beginningless timebeings have endured unbearable sufferingdue to mis-understanding.  When we have a sympathetic understandingof causes and effects (karma),we evolve,never to return to … Continue reading

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DOING BETTER IS IMPOSSIBLE

Doing Better is Impossible  Doing better is impossible. Doing better is judgemental, and is therefore driven by desire and aversion. In that driven state of mind there is no end to bettering. “I must improve myself, I must improve others.” … Continue reading

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FED UP WITH HEARING ABOUT COMPASSION?

Fed up with hearing about compassion? If we find ourselves fed up with hearing about compassion, compassion, compassion, then our motivation, motivation, motivation is not pure, and is still ego-dominated. If we are fed up with hearing about ego, ego, … Continue reading

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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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WE LIVE IN A MAD WORLD

We live in a mad world.  Mad. mentally ill; insane. of behaviour or an idea extremely foolish; not sensible:. in a frenzied mental or physical state  M.A.D. Mutual Assured Destruction.  The world is mad, and run by mad people, for … Continue reading

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WHAT A JOKE.

What a joke.  As long as we believe Samsara to be real,is as long as we will suffer.Samsara is the temporary goings-onin the reflections of a muddy mind.  The more we believe,the more the mud clings.  The joke:there is no … Continue reading

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THE PRECIOUSNESS OF A HUMAN BODY

The preciousness of a human body.  Although we speak about this body and mind being an illusion, it is still very precious and should not be taken for granted. When we think of all the sentient beings (that’s anything that … Continue reading

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DHARMA; COMPLEX OR SIMPLE

Dharma; complex or simple.  Un-fabricated naturalness is our being: it is being ordinary – purely being there. That is the key. If we are not being ordinary, we are being something else – complex. Ordinary being is our original state. … Continue reading

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WHY COMPASSION IS SO IMPORTANT

Why Compassion is so important.  Compassion cuts through all our negative emotions: pride, jealousy, anger, fear, and especially ignorance. It cuts through all our wrong doings.  Compassion is ultimate intelligence. Compassion is ultimate sanity.  The emotions only seem to flare … Continue reading

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RIGHT SPEECH

Right Speech. Speech is a very profound subject.   We humans are a problem, when we speak. We humans are a problem when we ignore. These problems are also our teacher.   Speech may be used to bring about harmony … Continue reading

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HOW DO I KNOW, I KNOW?

How do I know, I know? Language plays tricks. If we remove the word ‘I’ from this question, it now asks, “How does knowing know?” We then realise that there is only knowing that knows. There is no need (or … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO BECOME A DEMON

How not to become a demon.  The core of the Mahayana teachings is Bodhichitta – the ultraistic attitude enshrined by the Four Immeasurables – Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity…but these aspirations are towards others.  Most of our time is spent … Continue reading

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DEDICATING MERIT

Dedicating merit.  At the end of any practice, it is always good to dedicate it to all sentient beings. It completes the practice and rids us of any self centred-ness.   Whatever merit we have accumulated may it benefit all sentient … Continue reading

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