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IS EVIL THE CATALYST FOR ENLIGHTENMENT?

Is Evil The Catalyst For Enlightenment? Catalyst: a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change. There will always be good and evil in the universe, with confused beings in the middle choosing to lean one way or the other. In … Continue reading

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WHY ARE PEOPLE SO DISAPPOINTING?

Why Are People So Disappointing? If we are disappointed in others, then maybe they are also disappointed in us. We can either be disappointed that something we expected to happen didn’t, or we can be disappointed when something happens that … Continue reading

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TRUTH SEEKERS AND TRUTH FINDERS

Truth Seekers And Truth Finders … and finders, keepers! As truth seekers, we look at this approach and that approach, and “Oho! What they doing over there?!” We are offered things to wear, wave and chant, with books to read … Continue reading

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ARE CHRISTIANITY AND BUDDHISM COMPATIBLE?

Are Christianity And Buddhism Compatible? Certainly, if one widens the circle of understanding. Compatible: Latin compatibilis, from compati – ‘suffer with’. Put it this way; we are all human. All humans have both awareness and beliefs, and they suffer. To have a belief, we … Continue reading

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THE INSIDIOUS SIDE OF ONENESS

The Insidious Side Of Oneness ‘Insidious’ means to ambush, to lie in wait, to proceed cunningly in a gradual, subtle way, with harmful effects. Here, ‘oneness’ means not being different from the rest, not being an individual. Our reactions are … Continue reading

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WAKING, DOZING, AND … ZZZ …

Waking, Dozing, and …zzz….. When introduced to the nature of mind, which is pure awareness, we might say, “It’s wow! This is great!” … a….n…d … back to sleep … 😀 In the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, the approach to reality … Continue reading

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TAKING THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING TO HEART

Taking The Heart Of The Buddha’s Teaching To Heart It’s really very simple. The heart of the Buddha’s teaching is spontaneous presence, which is the same as non-duality, empty essence, pure consciousness, pure awareness, nowness. It could also be described … Continue reading

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FAULT FINDING AND HOLDING ON

Fault Finding And Holding On… is the path to perpetual torment. As humans, there is no end to fault finding, so there is no end to suffering. We find fault with others, and they find fault with us. It’s part … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PURE AWARENESS

There Is No Substitute For Pure Awareness It’s available now for free. Just sit still without comment. Insight is available to us all. Just sit still without comment. Mahamudra and Dzogchen is now. Just sit still without comment. Nothing “fancy … Continue reading

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PRACTICAL WISDOM

Practical Wisdom Wisdom has to be a practical realisation of our true self, as opposed to adherence to a mistaken self which causes our confusion, and therefore, our suffering. We are not condemning this mistaken self, this acquired ‘me’: we … Continue reading

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WHAT IS ONENESS?

What Is Oneness? Wikipedia has a brilliant overview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nondualism Ultimate, oneness is not two parts. Oneness is pure awareness. Pure awareness is not aware of other – or itself. Pure empty awareness is nondualism. Whatever we then call this is … Continue reading

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ULTIMATELY, TEACHING IS ABOUT JUST ONE POINT

Ultimately, Teaching Is About Just One Point Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche said … “When I give teachings, I speak about just this point and when I give another teaching, I speak about just this point. “It is like the chirp of … Continue reading

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MEDITATION HASN’T MADE MY LIFE BETTER…”

“Meditation Hasn’t Made My Life Better …” …nothing has changed It is possible that we feel this way. We are still feeding the beast – those concepts about ourself, and how we think we ‘should’ be. There are two aspects … Continue reading

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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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THE HEART OF DZOGCHEN

The Heart of Dzogchen The pointing out instruction is letting go. Awareness looks, sees and drops. Traditionally, the gesture (non-verbal) for the pointing out instruction is: the teacher holds his/her palms up to show looking out. They then turn the … Continue reading

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SPECULATION IS TIRING

Speculation Is Tiring Speculation, concepts and philosophies are tiring: they are the cause of inner and outer conflicts. But true experience of awareness – or rather, ‘pure awareness’ – is energising, and is the source of inner joy, as contaminations … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE LET GO?

How Do We Let Go? It is arrogant to think one could answer such an important question, but if an answer arises, why not share it? 😉 How do we let go? This is dependent upon the level of understanding … Continue reading

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TO GO PLACIDLY OR NOT TO GO PLACIDLY…?

To Go Placidly Or Not To Go Placidly…? There is tranquil, comfortable, stillness of the mind, and there is the sharp clarity of rigpa essence which is ultimate reality – pure awareness. They are not the same, but stillness can … Continue reading

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THE INNER VOICE OF SILENCE

The Inner Voice Of Silence Pure awareness . . . . . . . .NB. This phrase came to mind yesterday in a reply. Interestingly, I just looked to see if anyone had used this phrase before, and someone had … Continue reading

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DEBUNK YOUR SELF

Debunk Your Self Deflate a puffed up image. Debunk: exposing false or hollow ideas or beliefs, reducing an inflated reputation. We all have inflated ideas about ourselves: we have hopes, we have fears and we are choosy. There is something … Continue reading

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BE HAPPY WITH YOUR SELF

Being Happy With Your Self This is so important! We are pure awareness. Your self is ordinary awareness’s confused projection. It is by virtue of this confused projection that pure awareness is realised. Gradually, confusion refines and dawns as wisdom. … Continue reading

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NOT FORGETTING OUR TRUE NATURE

Not Forgetting Our True Nature When pure awareness is forgotten, we are like ordinary people. We forget when awareness relates to ‘something’. When awareness is captured by ‘something’, this is a relating reality; absolute reality relating to something outside itself. … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE MEDITATE?

Why Do We Meditate? Meditation is becoming familiar with our true nature. Techniques clear the mental distractions that obscure this pure nature. Meditation is not something we do; it is recognising what we are. Pure awareness. Humans are excellent at … Continue reading

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DESIRE IS NOT ALL BAD

Desire is not all bad The more we want, the more we want The more we eat – the more we want to eat The more we sleep – the more we want to sleep The more we drink – … 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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UNDERSTANDING THE FORMULA

Understanding the Formula To understand the answer we have to understand the formula (the process), or the outcome is meaningless. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the ultimate answer is 42, which doesn’t make sense without the correct question.It’s … Continue reading

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BEING SKILFUL

Being skilful Being skilful has many levels: whatever we think we understand can always be refined.As well as being compassionate to others, being skilful is protecting one’s own mind from pride. As we advance through the levels of perception, we … Continue reading

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YOU HAVE TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION

You have to ask the right question The right questionis that which hits the heart of our problem. However,asking the right question should come with a warning.You will get the answer.Once you have the answer,life will never be the same. … Continue reading

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EVIL

The Psychology of Evil  The dictionary translates Satan as ‘an adversary’, Lucifer as ‘the morning star’, ‘bringer of light’ or ‘fallen angel’, and Devil as ‘evil spirit’.  From the Buddhist point of view, the Devil/Lucifer/Satan have as much reality as … 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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TOO MUCH TALK ABOUT PURE AWARENESS!

Too much talk about pure awareness!  This is because pure awareness is all there is!  Precisely because we become more and more familiar with pure awareness, we experience in a different way, as our obscurations naturally drop away. We become … Continue reading

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PURE AWARENESS

Pure Awareness.  On first hearing this phrase we may think, “I have no idea what that is.” Exactly!!! Pure Awareness is not something we make happen, as it is already present. All that is needed is clarity. And that is … Continue reading

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