Tag Archives: EMPATHY

WE AREN’T COMPLETE PEOPLE … YET

We Aren’t Complete People … Yet We are partial: existing only in part; incomplete.We are body, mind and consciousness. As long as we don’t recognise consciousness, we will continue to live a limited, materialistic existence within certain boundaries. Becoming aware of consciousness is … Continue reading

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SELF-CONSCIOUS

Self-Conscious Self-conscious: Uncomfortable, embarrassed, or worried about what people think about us.  Being self-conscious inhibits our potential to evolve and our ability to empathise, because it’s ‘all about me’. Despite appearing to be confident, we actually lack confidence, but it’s still all about me, self, … Continue reading

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IF CONSCIOUSNESS IS ALWAYS PRESENT …

If Consciousness Is Always Present …  If consciousness is always present, we should always be present, because we are consciousness. Ordinary consciousness can both think and store information,but it becomes bound by that information, forgetting consciousness: it transforms into an ego-information-centre,predictable and lost … Continue reading

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NOT TOO DRY, AND NOT TOO WET

Not Too Dry, And Not Too Wet The Buddha said, “Not too tight, and not too loose.” The following can equally apply; “Not too dry, and not too wet.” There are cycles of expression in the teachings – there are … 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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DEALING WITH OTHERS’ KARMA

Dealing With Others’ Karma … … is dealing with our own karma Once we recognise our own karmic tendencies, this affects our behaviour (the product stored in the mind from our past reactions), and then we can start to recognise … 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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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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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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ANGER AND EMPATHY ARE INSEPARABLE

Anger And Empathy Are Inseparable What makes us angry? It is obsessing about others’ obsessive behaviour. What makes us compassionate? It is the ability to empathise, because we know how it feels to be obsessive. So, when we recognise our … Continue reading

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DON’T CONFUSE EDUCATION WITH INTELLIGENCE

Don’t Confuse Education With Intelligence Education: the process of receiving systematic instruction. Intelligence: the natural ability to acknowledge or recognise truth. Education is acquired. Intelligence is intuitive insight. We need both mind and the heart, but the mind and heart have to … Continue reading

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EMPATHY IS NON-DUALITY

Empathy Is Non-Duality Empathy is yoga; yoga means union. Empathy is union with another. Empathy is the reason we have the ability to be compassionate. No knowledge is needed, other than pure awareness. Just being aware tells us everything we need … Continue reading

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HOW ARE YOU?

How Are You? “How are you?” is a personal inquiry about someone’s health or mood. It focuses on that person’s state of mind and how life feels to them, and has the potential to be an intimate moment of genuine interest. … Continue reading

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GOOD MEDITATION, BAD MEDITATION; IDENTICAL

Good Meditation, Bad Meditation; Identical The mind is a jungle of concepts: whether there are clearings or tightly tangled undergrowth, this jungle simply abides in space. In meditation, whatever takes place in the mind, know that awareness, empty cognisance, pure … Continue reading

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KNOW ONE, KNOW ALL

Know One, Know All There are thousands of teachings about our reality; they all result in the realisation of non-dual, pure awareness. Without that, nothing would be known. Once realised, there is no further need for theories. Sin is a … 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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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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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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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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SECULAR, SYSTEMATIC EXAMINATION OF REALITY

Secular, Systematic Examination Of Reality We don’t have to be religious or spiritual to experience our primary nature of consciousness. Secular examination is based on our human faculties of logic, empathy, reason and moral intuition, none of which are derived from supernatural revelations. We see, … 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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WHAT IS AUTHENTIC, GENUINE, VERIFIABLE PRACTICE?

What Is Authentic, Genuine, Verifiable Practice? It’s not meditation, chanting mantras, saying prayers, waving vajras and bells, doing prostrations, listening to teachings, holding retreats, shaving your head: neither is it in flags, Buddha statues, tanka paintings, shrines, beads, cords, robes, … 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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BEING WISE

Being Wise “Being wise, we suffer fools gladly.” 2 Corinthians 11:19 If we claim to be wise, we would not fall out with the foolish. That’s if we were wise. The way of the Bodhisattva starts by testing, stretching, energising, … 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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WHAT CAN WE TRUST?

What Can We Trust? Good things happen to us, bad things happen to us, horrid things happen to us: there is no escaping this fact because it’s actually happening. That is what we can trust – that things happen. What … Continue reading

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WHEN THE LIGHT’S ON, WE CAN SEE

When The Light’s On, We Can See This sounds so stupidly obvious but here, the light means clarity – clear seeing. “The clear light of bliss.” When I first took to the spiritual path, a tutor just happened to mention … Continue reading

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WHO IS TO BLAME FOR EVERYTHING?

Who Is To Blame For Everything? The answer is …  empty essence! Isn’t that surprising? We may want to blame the Buddhas – or deities – for not doing more for mankind, but if they do anything, they would show … 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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WHERE DOES GOODWILL START?

Where Does Goodwill Start? It starts with ourselves. Before there can be goodwill towards others, we must be able to understand and have empathy for the confusion of others, and to do that, we have to understand our own confusion. … Continue reading

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OUR LIFE IS JUST A STORY

Our Life Is Just A Story We become so involved in and obsessed by our story – our life – that we don’t bother about how the story started, and where it will end. When we were young, we acquired … 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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WE ARE EXPERTS AT NEGATIVITY

We are experts at negativity  Or rather…the mind is an expert at negativity. We know this. How do we know this? Conscience! We actually feel uncomfortable when the mind expresses negativity. We know this. Why? Because conscience is none other than … Continue reading

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LOVE…REALLY?

Love…really?  Real love is challenging. It is more than not wanting something in return.  It is more than spiritual sugar, temporarily sweetening a situation.  Love is feeling how another feels, and empathising.  Love is others first, you last. That is … Continue reading

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