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WISDOM AND POWER

Wisdom And Power Wisdom is silent awareness. Power is talkative awareness. Wisdom is ultimate power. For power to become ultimate power, it must surrender power. The Buddha had to make this choice; any Buddha has to make this choice. Mara … Continue reading

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THE LORD OF COMPASSION, CHENREZI, IS SO MUCH MORE

The Lord Of Compassion, Chenrezi, Is So Much More Compassion: feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others; from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with’ (thereby having empathy) From a Buddhist perspective, compassion is practical. The mantra of Chenrezi (also known as Avalokitesvara) is OM MANI PEME HUM. … Continue reading

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CAN TEACHERS HELP?

Can Teachers Help? Only the passing on of transcendent knowledge can help us. Teachers are conduits of this knowledge for us to realise. There are many teachers, but one transcendent knowledge. We are that non-dual, inexpressible knowledge that manifests as … Continue reading

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MEDITATION INCREASES INTELLIGENCE

Meditation Increases Intelligence Intelligence is the ability to see consequences, causes and conditions clearly. Meditation is firstly the practice of concentration, being able to focus without distraction. This discipline enables us to clear the mind, just to perceive and to … Continue reading

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HOW CAN I BECOME PURE?

How Can I Become Pure? We are nothing but purity – pure consciousness – for, without that, we wouldn’t be able to see clearly. We just have to get the picture straight, as it’s a bit wonky at the moment … Continue reading

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IT’S OBVIOUS WHEN POINTED OUT

It’s Obvious When Pointed Out So what is the problem? Our reality – pure consciousness – has been obscured by distractions for millennia. The ancients knew the truth, and this essential teaching has been handed down to us. We have, … Continue reading

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THEY MESS WITH YOUR MIND!

They Mess With Your Mind! Who are they? Thoughts that come from outside. If we believe in those thoughts, we become messed up. Pure consciousness cannot be messed up, because it is uncontaminated being. Here is the good news about … Continue reading

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SUPERIOR POSITION – INFERIOR POSITION

Superior Position – Inferior Position Pure vision and impure vision We are pure vision. It is our natural state. When realised, this is our naked, superior position – our supreme reality. When we do not realise this pure view, we … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE DOUBT OUR ENLIGHTENED REALITY?

Why Do We Doubt Our Enlightened Reality? Why do we doubt our enlightened reality? The answer is that we were – and are – misguided. Our practice is to “Act the part” of being enlightened, becoming familiar with both understanding … Continue reading

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BE AWARE OF CONSEQUENCES

Be Aware Of Consequences Mara activity makes situations worse. Mara: demonic consciousness (Sanskrit). Being aware of consequences, we are no longer be surprised. Mara lies in ambush in all our minds, looking for weaknesses in others and exploiting them. Mara … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL MERIT

Spiritual Merit The more that we engage in spiritual practices of understanding, empathy, compassion, generosity and so forth … the more we attract good fortune. The more selfish we are, the more we attract misfortune. A happy mind or an … Continue reading

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DON’T MISTAKE INFORMATION FOR INTELLIGENCE

Don’t Mistake Information For Intelligence Likewise, don’t mistake teachings on consciousness for realisation. We act on information: intelligence sees the act. We do not become wise through information. We become wise through the experience of testing and, to test, we … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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HOW “BRANDING” CONTROLS US

How “Branding” Controls Us Branding: to burn with a hot iron as a mark of ownership. For ‘Branding’, read programming. We are fed information, and this information is always biased; if we are of a certain frame of mind, it builds … Continue reading

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THE SIMPLE WAY TO DEAL WITH CONFUSION

The Simple Way To Deal With Confusion We deal with confusion by simply being aware of that which is aware of the confusion. That which is aware is pure consciousness, and this has never been confused. “But I’m still confused!” … Continue reading

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THE GREAT DISCERNMENT

The Great Discernment Being original isn’t being different. For discernment, we need clarity, and there is nothing clearer than pure, empty cognisance. To realise emptiness, we meditate. To meditate, we need right instruction. The right instruction is knowing when to drop … Continue reading

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WE CANNOT HAVE COMPASSION WITHOUT EMPATHY

We Cannot Have Compassion Without Empathy We cannot have compassion without empathy, and we cannot have empathy without having suffered. Love is practical rather than idealistic.

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IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE

It Doesn’t Matter What We Believe What we believe is not what we are. Before belief, there is the spirit of pure knowing that can discern: the openness of pure knowing is the reason we naturally love. We all love … Continue reading

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DO WE FEEL WE’RE NOT MAKING SPIRITUAL PROGRESS?

Do We Feel We’re Not Making Spiritual Progress? This is a psychological dilemma rather than a spiritual one. Spirit is nothing more than pure consciousness; it’s what we are, right now. It is that which sees these words without comment … Continue reading

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THE THREE CAUSES OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

The Three Causes Of The Known Universe We all know them: Positive, negative and neutral. Attraction, repulsion and inertia. Desire, aversion and indifference. The three poisons obscuring spiritual realisation. The Three Causes of the Knowing Universe Emptiness, cognisance, compassion. The … Continue reading

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WE ALL NEED A FEELING OF SUCCESS

We All Need A Feeling Of Success Life has become so diverse that we no longer have time to become an expert, or feel satisfied. We look at the world and it’s confused, and always seems to need an upgrade! … Continue reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING REALITY

The Importance Of Knowing Reality All appearances are seen within the clear space of mind. That space of clarity is pure consciousness, sometimes called Emptiness, or Shunyata in Sanskrit. The senses are non-conceptual: things are experienced by virtue of pure … Continue reading

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IS RIGPA ANARCHY?

Is Rigpa Anarchy? Rigpa is the absolute freedom of the individual. Anarchy is the absolute freedom of the individual. The difference is in the application; Rigpa is knowing one’s true nature, whereas ma-rigpa is not knowing one’s true nature. If we … Continue reading

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APPEARANCES AND EMPTINESS

Appearances and Emptiness This is the key to letting go, and genuine freedom All that we encounter, we make real, relating to everything, and giving our ‘value judgements’. We become attached to all these appearances, and that binds us to ideas … 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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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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