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SILENT AWARENESS

Silent Awareness For some, the idea of emptiness or purity is obscure; it’s too far away, beyond them ‚Ķ which it is! ūüėÄ  ‘Silent awareness’ is just another phrase for pure consciousness, or empty cognisance. We are inner beings of … Continue reading

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IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

Is That All There Is? If we believe we are our thoughts, that is all there is to life. If we realise we are pure consciousness, that is all there is to life. Belief limits our potential, and sets the … 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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PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY / PRACTICAL WISDOM

Practical Philosophy / Practical Wisdom Practical philosophy is doing something mindfully. Practical wisdom is understanding the emptiness of everything with perfect awareness. . . .

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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 ‚Äď red, yellow and blue – straight from the tube. Mixing these together for the first time, the … 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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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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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 ‚Ķ 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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WE CAN’T JUST ‘GET IT’

We Can’t Just ‘Get it’ We can’t just ‘get it’: we have to keep on ‘getting it’. It is through genuine experience that we understand and realise our true nature, and that of every one and every thing. To keep … Continue reading

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WALKING WITH ANGELS

Walking With Angels Walking with demons is easier than walking with angels. It’s much less challenging to recognise demonic qualities in others than to see their good qualities. We have to go beyond our ordinary samsaric mind in order to … 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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PLUMBING WITHOUT A PLUMBER

Plumbing without a Plumber As we progress along the path of exposing the false¬†and¬†hollow¬†nature of¬†ideas¬†and¬†beliefs about our self, we may experience a feeling of alienation towards the collective consciousness which is drifting along, driven by the winds of karma. When … Continue reading

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THE NEW BANNER

New Banner The new banner represents Plato’s shadow cave; we worship something as being real when, in truth, we are that reality which is dreaming in the illusion of concepts. This blog may be Nyingma Dzogchen in character, but in … Continue reading

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THE SUBTLE CHANGE IN CONSCIOUSNESS

The Subtle Change In Consciousness from the unreal to the real. Humans (in fact, all sentient beings) perceive through the senses: we recall memories, form judgements and then react. This is our reptilian response of fight, flight or freeze, and … Continue reading

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NEVER BELIEVE THE TRUTH

Never Believe The Truth Belief has been our greatest deception. Belief is the opposite to knowing. Belief obscures knowing. To ‘believe’ is to accept that something is¬†true without¬†proof. If we believe¬†the truth, then we will never know¬†the truth. To knowis … 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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BODHICITTA, PARAMITAS, OM MANI PEME HUM …

Bodhicitta, Paramitas, Om mani peme hum ‚Ķ ‚Ķ all mean the same thing. Bodhicitta, the paramitas, om mani peme hum are all the six perfections: generosity, patience, conscience, perseverance, meditation/concentration, and wisdom There is: Relative and ultimate bodhicitta. Relative and … Continue reading

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TOGAL IS AS NATURAL AS WE CAN BE

Togal Is As Natural As We Can Be What is Togal? First, we are introduced to the essence of mind, which is emptiness. Then, we are introduced to cutting through thoughts arising in emptiness. Finally, the qualities of the view … Continue reading

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TURNING EMOTIONS INTO WISDOM: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Turning Emotions Into Wisdom: A Practical Guide Literally ‘being free in the moment of seeing’ In the moment of seeing a thought or emotion (which is a strong thought), a gap occurs – and we are free of that thought … Continue reading

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ONE TASTE: IS THERE RIGHT AND WRONG?

One Taste: Is There Right And Wrong? How to argue, and not argue The Buddha said; “Just as the great ocean has one taste – the taste of salt – so also this teaching and discipline has one taste – … Continue reading

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DHARMAKAYA, SAMBHOGAKAYA, NIRMANAKAYA

Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya Doesn’t that sound mysterious? Nothing to do with you? When you look into the mind, not-finding an observer, that is Dharmakaya ‚Äď emptiness. Being aware of not-finding an observer is Sambhogakaya ‚Äď clarity. Nirmanakaya is the unity … Continue reading

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“I CANNOT FIND PURE AWARENESS”

‚ÄúI Cannot Find Pure Awareness‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI cannot find myself‚ÄĚ 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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RECOGNISING THE NATURE OF MIND

Recognising The Nature Of Mind Sometimes the mind is occupied (excited) and sometimes vacant (dull): both are due to an indifference towards the pure quality of knowing awareness of the mind itself, empty of ornamentation. Did you miss it? That … Continue reading

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HOW DOES ME BECOME A BUDDHA?

How Does Me Become A Buddha? Look within the mind. Drop the ‘me’ and, finding nothing else, rest in that emptiness. There you are! A complete Buddha = awakened: recognition of empty essence purified: exhaustion of all karmic effects You … Continue reading

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THE WISDOM OF UNCERTAINTY

The Wisdom Of Uncertainty Life is about change: everything is impermanent. When we believe things to be solid and lasting, we restrict our ability to deal with change. We suffer because we are holding on to ‘how it was,’ or … Continue reading

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EMPTINESS

Emptiness To elaborate, examine or meditate upon emptiness does nothing but add concepts… …what can one say? .

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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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THE UNIQUENESS OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM IN REVEALING OUR TRUE NATURE

The Uniqueness of ¬†Tibetan¬†Buddhism in Revealing Our True Nature Tibetan Buddhism is awareness of the clarity of our true nature, and does not rely on a belief system. In the modern world, we’ve been so indoctrinated with belief systems that … Continue reading

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CONTRIVED SPIRITUAL BEHAVIOUR

Contrived Spiritual Behaviour Spiritual groups develop contrived behaviour. This seems to come from an idea that people follow; a formula of what they think being ‘spiritual’ is. Our greatest problem here is converting theories into genuine experience – and that … Continue reading

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RECOGNISING NON-DUALITY, UNLIMITED COMPASSION AND SHUNYATA

Recognising Non-duality, Unlimited Compassion And Shunyata Simple. Be aware of awareness, and do not modify. In the moment of pure recognition, there is nothing else; it is therefore non-dual. If there is nothing else, that is emptiness; shunyata. This is … Continue reading

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WASTING LIFE IN BEING DIFFERENT

Wasting Life in Being Different There are two aspects to meditation: focused attention and panoramic attention. In meditation terms, these are Shamata (watching the breath) and Vipassana (insight of awareness). During the early stages, we are still trying to change, … Continue reading

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THE DHARMA IS NOT OVER THERE

The Dharma Is Not Over There It is funny how, during practice, some insight may occur, usually as a subtle change in understanding. Take the words Ground, Path and Fruition. They are referred to as: Ground = our true nature … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH REPEATING WORDS

The Problem With Repeating Words Every day, I am self critical while writing this blog, the reason being that words are meaningless unless experienced, and put into practice. Practice makes perfect ‘-) . Merely repeating, ‚ÄúIt is emptiness‚ÄĚ is of … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ‘R’ US

Thoughts ‘r’ Us ¬†Where do they come from? Is it mind or essence?We all have thoughts.Maybe we think we shouldn’t …wrong!We merely have to distinguish between clinging reactionary thoughts, and thoughts that translate experience without clinging. ¬†One set comes from … Continue reading

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WANTING ADVANCED TEACHINGS

Wanting advanced teachings. ¬†The truth is in the basics ‚Äď mindfulness of breath and actions, loving kindness, and remembering the enlightened ones (for inspiration). Refined, this is awareness, compassion and guru yoga (supplicating and receiving blessings). Refined, this is barely … Continue reading

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SPACE CANNOT VANISH

Space cannot vanish. As space cannot vanish Essence-emptiness cannot either. ¬†Within space anything may be accomplished within empty essence anything may arise ¬†Space is pure. Empty essence is all accomplishing purity Perhaps MC Hammer was right ‚ÄúCan’t touch this!‚ÄĚ

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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, ‚ÄúHow does knowing know?‚ÄĚ We then realise that there is only knowing that knows. There is no need (or … Continue reading

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SIMPLICITY IN DARK TIMES

Simplicity in dark times. ¬†I had a dream last night: two of my teachers, from different traditions, came and gave me a ‘bonk’ on the head (touching foreheads is a traditional Tibetan greeting). One cut some of my hair (this … Continue reading

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BEING AWARE

Being Aware. ¬†Our being is aware. The method to know this is: to be aware of awareness, and drop all speculation. At that moment of recognition, there is just awareness, pure awareness. There is no me, being aware: there is … Continue reading

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APPEARANCE AND EMPTINESS

Appearance and Emptiness. Sometimes a sentence comes to mind that is so profound, that it gets more beautiful as it is reflected upon. When appearances and emptiness are seen as arising simultaneously that is non-dual awareness. Non-duality is not two, … Continue reading

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