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MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Managing Expectations Expectation: a strong belief that something will happen or be achieved. In everyday life, we believe we can achieve a goal, but this has limitations. We narrow experience down to our limited view of life, and are always trying to anticipate and make everything familiar for safety. … Continue reading

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REAL OR SYNTHETIC?

Real Or Synthetic? Natural is being in harmony with nature. Synthetic imitates nature. We have to realise what is natural to us, and what is artificial and man-made. What is natural? It is our original, essential nature of pure consciousness … Continue reading

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WHAT OR WHOM TO TRUST?

What Or Whom To Trust? If the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it … ”, then we shouldn’t trust anyone’s word, because their life is based on trusting others. Trust: firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. Belief: an acceptance that something exists … Continue reading

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ACKNOWLEDGING CONDITIONED SELF

Acknowledging Conditioned Self The conditioned self is a mental construct that consciousness has built by relating to conditions and fixating upon those conditions, judging everything. This is how we act as human animals – by our likes, dislikes and indifferences. … Continue reading

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HOW TO PROVE DIRECT EXPERIENCE

How To Prove Direct Experience The problem is in the question. Who are we proving this to? Without practice, we (consciousness) don’t notice that pure perception or direct experience has jumped to the mind for a reference by which to … Continue reading

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SHARP OR DULL INTELLECT

Sharp Or Dull Intellect Whether our intellect is sharp or dull doesn’t matter: we all know when the sun is shining. Within us is the ability to realise our true reality of pure consciousness which does not depend on our … Continue reading

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NATURAL IMMUNITY FROM SUFFERING

Natural Immunity From Suffering Suffering: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. Immunity: lack of susceptibility when something unwelcome or harmful happens. Susceptibility: the state of being likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing. As long as we (consciousness) identify with a self-image, that self-image is susceptible to relating … Continue reading

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OM MANI PEME HUM ENDS INTERNAL STRUGGLE

Om Mani Peme Hum Ends Internal Struggle Suffering or dissatisfaction is due to consciousness identifying with a set of ideas, creating a confused self-image that becomes subtly hostile because it doesn’t get what it wants. Consciousness needs guidance to bring … Continue reading

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DOES THE PAST EXIST NOW?

Does The Past Exist Now? Yes – through our karma. ‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit word for the residue of past actions lodged in our mind that creates our habitual re-enactments such as, “There ‘I’ go again”. This is why most … Continue reading

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ARE WE A CONDUIT FOR GOOD OR EVIL?

Are We A Conduit For Good Or Evil? The realisation that we could be on the path of evil is a shock, and this is why realisation opens us up to the truth about what governs our minds. Then, we … Continue reading

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IF THIS IS OUR ONLY LIFE …

If This Is Our Only Life … If this is the only life that we have, what are we doing with this one, precious time? Our reality is pure consciousness – the essence of enlightenment – without which nothing can … Continue reading

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LOOK FOR YOUR SELF

Look For Your Self Truth is the absence of self. Look for your self. Describe this self. Self-image is an illusion. In pure awareness, there is nothing but pure awareness. Our reality is pure observation, without the idea of an … Continue reading

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WHY DOES EVIL USE STRESS?

Why Does Evil Use Stress? Our stress point is our weak point that can be worked on. A little anxiety can be made into worry, fear and even hatred. The evil in us knows how to wind others up, and … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE TRUTH?

What Is The Ultimate Truth? It’s for you to know! Without the ability to know, what is the point of knowing the ultimate truth? We are that knowingness, pure consciousness. We have always been what we seek: that is the … Continue reading

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DECEIVED BY OMISSION

Deceived By Omission Deception initiates a complicated cascade of confusion; a social domino effect that feeds our karma. How? Razzamatazz = Razzle-dazzle = show business: a media that deliberately inflates ambiguous language which omits original truth. We are so involved … Continue reading

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SPIRITUALLY UP-TIGHT

 Spiritually Up-Tight Up-tight: anxious, angry, tense, and difficult to be with. Basically, this is fear. Been there, done that. 😀 Ordinary people are mostly up-tight, but so-called spiritual people are a little more so! Being up-tight is holding on the … Continue reading

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JUST SEEING IS OUR GREATEST PROBLEM

Just Seeing Is Our Greatest Problem Just seeing is our greatest problem: we don’t just see. First, we must realise that the senses – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching – are non-conceptual. When the eyes see, there is no … Continue reading

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WE HAVE NO ORIGINAL IDEAS

We Have No Original Ideas We have no original ideas, and so we cannot say anything original. Try it! All ideas are placed in the mind by education, religion, media … and the rest is hearsay. Even our reactions are … Continue reading

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LOST IN SPACE

Lost In Space 😀 Consciousness is live space, and the path to enlightenment. If we can acknowledge that we are consciousness – instead of being attracted to the flotsam and jetsam floating around in the mind that is rejected by … Continue reading

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“I CAN’T MEDITATE”

“I Can’t Meditate” It isn’t the I that meditates. 🙂 We need a little intellectual curiosity to understand this. The I is consciousness associating with thoughts and clinging to them, thus creating an I-illusion. We (consciousness) have thoughts, but we … Continue reading

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IS THERE MEANING TO LIFE?

Is There Meaning To Life? Many cannot ask this question as they are afraid that there is an answer. The meaning of life is to realise what we are, rather than what we have become. We have become clever prattlers. … Continue reading

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HOW WE GO ASTRAY

How We Go Astray We go astray and fall into ignorance when we fixate on or cling to any idea. Whether this fixation is adoration or dislike, we lose control of our mind. Mind is a collection of ideas to … Continue reading

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FOLLOW-THE-LEADER

Follow-The-Leader Follow-The-Leader: A child’s game. The universe seems complex, but it obeys simple rules. If we know the rules, we can lead our own life, otherwise we follow others who follow others who follow others, and no one knows why. The rules of … Continue reading

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FAMILY ATTACHMENTS

Family Attachments ‘Family’ is a group of people related either by birth or marriage, the purpose of which is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Families offer predictability, structure and safety, as members learn to participate in the community. Family attachment: Family attachment is meant in the broadest sense, and includes attachment to … Continue reading

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THERE IS NOTHING TO UNDERSTAND

There Is Nothing To Understand There is nothing to understand; just see. Just seeing is pure consciousness. Once realised, we understand what others try to understand. This profound teaching has become far too poetic, complicated and elaborate. Realise that pure … Continue reading

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REALISING THE COMPLETE PICTURE

Realising The Complete Picture The complete picture isn’t about gaining more information;it’s a matter of eliminating it.In fact, the more we learn, the less we know. When we drop the information, we are left with nothing.That ‘nothing’ is pure consciousness.This … Continue reading

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WHAT IS DZOGCHEN?

What Is Dzogchen? ‘Dzogchen’ is a Tibetan word for natural, pure consciousness. What is the practice of Dzogchen? To realise it. How? Drop any meditation. Why? Dzogchen is what we already are. And it isn’t a practice. We are Dzogchen. … Continue reading

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WHERE ARE WE AT?

Where Are We At? ‘Direct recognition’ describes the moment when something is presented to us and we ‘get it’. Certain texts are like that – from personal experience,“The Lamp That Dispels Darkness” comes to mind. Because of direct recognition, practitioners … Continue reading

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SOMETHING NOT RIGHT?

Something Not Right? Something not right? How do we know that? There is only one reason: perfect consciousness is the ever-present, innate blueprint of life. When we ignore this for something more interesting, we wander off-plan. The plan is that … Continue reading

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THE ONE PURPOSE OF LIFE

The One Purpose Of Life The one purpose of life is to realise the undeniable one truth; to be able to know, there has to be consciousness present, and that consciousness is pure in essence. That is our primary reality. … Continue reading

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LIVING IN REALITY, OR IN A DREAM?

Living In Reality, Or In A Dream? When we connect directly to whatever presents itself, that is reality. Object and consciousness are one. Non-duality. Seeing the moon reflected in a pool, the moon, the reflection and consciousness are simultaneously one. … Continue reading

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COMPASSION FOR DZOGCHEN PRACTITIONERS

Compassion For Dzogchen Practitioners The most challenging kind of compassion is towards those who assume that they are Dzogchen practitioners. Dzogchen is the ultimate reality of pure consciousness, accompanied by ultimate compassion-for-all. Many dive in and attend Dzogchen courses, but … Continue reading

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COMPASSION IS MATURITY OF UNDERSTANDING

Compassion Is Maturity Of Understanding Having compassion means knowing both our dark and light sides. Compassion is not a word that we apply to ourselves in order to feel superior; it is the skilful means to empathise actively with how … Continue reading

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MEDITATION ISN’T THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS?

Meditation Isn’t The Answer To Our Problems!? This was said by a very influential professor who actually meditates. And it’s doublespeak. He means that meditation isn’t the answer to his – and his organisation’s – problems, but it is the … Continue reading

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GURUS AND DEMONS

Gurus and Demons Karma is our ego, our guru or our demon. Whatever we think we are is merely a collection of ideas that consciousness fixates upon, and creates a self-image; an ego, an I, a me and mine. This … Continue reading

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SOMEONE’S TURNED THE CRAZY KNOB UP?

Someone’s Turned The Crazy Knob Up? Er … no. The world has always been this way. We just suddenly noticed. It’s like meditation; our thoughts and emotions seem to get worse. They haven’t. We’ve just become more aware of them. … Continue reading

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LOSING OUR SENSE OF REALITY

Losing Our Sense Of Reality Our minds have been altered to accept ideas that are contrary to reality. Words, images and beliefs have been introduced, and we just follow along, singing their songs. Who are ‘they’? Things don’t just happen … Continue reading

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WE ARE PROGRAMMED TO BE IGNORANT

We Are Programmed To Be Ignorant Our pursuit of happiness is actually the pursuit of ignorance. It’s all upside down. We are all upside down 🙂 Knowledge is neutral. The same knowledge can be used for good or for self-aggrandisement. … Continue reading

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THE SIMPLE, DIRECT POINT

The Simple, Direct Point Doidi doidi doidi doi… If you’re trying to make sense of that, you’re interfering with pure consciousness. It doesn’t matter what is said, or written, or transmitted, what matters is the receptivity – without referring to … Continue reading

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DIVERSITY IS NATURAL

Diversity Is Natural Diversity is natural, but can create conflict. On a physical level, we have different cultures, and different cultures within a culture and so, there are different ways of thinking. When these differences are exaggerated or imposed, problems … Continue reading

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LOSING THE TRUE MEANING

Losing The True Meaning “Be at peace with your self.” Sounds good, but we can lose the truth. The statement, “Be at peace with your self”, can either schmooze us – manipulate us by turning a truth into a belief … Continue reading

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ALL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE MOVE ACCORDING TO LAW

All Things In The Universe Move According To Law This law is attraction, repulsion and indifference. Time does not change, but all things change in time. Space does not change, but all things change within space. Consciousness does not change, … Continue reading

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LIFE IS GREAT THE WAY IT IS

Life Is Great The Way It Is That’s a strange thing to say, when the world view is not based on truth, but on beliefs. Truth is like space; many things can happen within it, but space remains exactly the … Continue reading

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THIS BLOG IS NEITHER RELIGIOUS NOR SCHOLARLY

This Blog Is Neither Religious Nor Scholarly This blog is neither religious nor scholarly: it is about practical Buddhism within a modern world. In order to be practical, it has to be direct and observable, without elaborations. This blog is … Continue reading

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BELIEF KEEPS US IN THE DARK

Belief Keeps Us In The Dark In belief, we are kept in a duality.The danger of belief is that it separates us, and is the cause of conflict. This is why the yoga of ‘one taste’ is so important: the … Continue reading

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BEING HAPPY BEING ME

Being Happy Being Me ‘Me’ or ‘self’ is an identity in the mind; it’s what we think we are. This identity comes from experiences that consciousness takes as concrete and real. These experiences create brain pathways (our hard drive) that … Continue reading

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TWO VIEWS OF GOD

Two Views Of God God: supreme being. But what is that? From a theistic point of view, this means a supreme being, a deity. From a Buddhist point of view, this means our highest consciousness, or pure consciousness. As a … Continue reading

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WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE

We Are All Going To Die 😀 Death is inevitable. Each moment dies for the next moment to occur. Each moment has an effect on the next moment. What we did previously has an effect on what we are doing … Continue reading

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YOU’RE THEM

You’re Them Until we know our true reality, we will live in the reality of others. Once, due to a predisposition and bias, we have adopted others’ ideas, we’ve lost our reality. Ideas are a magic show; we want to … Continue reading

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WHEN WAS LIFE EVER NORMAL?

When Was Life Ever Normal? ‘Normal’ is conforming to a standard. Whose standard? An unenlightened standard. This is the normal we’ve got used to. As we are unenlightened beings, our normal is way, way, way down in the scale of … Continue reading

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