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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 ā€¦ and the rest is hearsay. Even our reactions are … Continue reading

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LOST IN SPACE

Lost In Space šŸ˜€ 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”

ā€œI Can’t Meditateā€ It isn’t the I that meditates. šŸ™‚ 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 universeĀ seems complex, but itĀ obeysĀ 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 aĀ groupĀ of people related either byĀ birth orĀ marriage, the purpose of which is toĀ maintain the well-beingĀ ofĀ its membersĀ andĀ ofĀ society.Ā FamiliesĀ offerĀ predictability, structure and safety, as membersĀ learnĀ to participateĀ inĀ 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 ā€“ from personal experience,ā€œThe Lamp That Dispels Darknessā€ 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 ā€¦ 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 šŸ™‚ 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 doiā€¦ 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 ā€œBe at peace with your self.ā€ Sounds good, but we can lose the truth. The statement, ā€œBe at peace with your selfā€, can either schmooze us ā€“ 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 šŸ˜€ 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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TAKING OURSELVES APART

Taking Ourselves Apart It’s not until we take something apart that we understand it,and see what is left.This is especially important in understanding the mind. And what is left?Consciousness.Pure consciousness. Whatever is seen, however uncomfortable, loses its gripas we become … Continue reading

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ALL WE DO

All We DoĀ  All we do is forget what we are. All we need to do is remember what we are. When we forget what we are and become a who – involved in external matter and reactions that create … Continue reading

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FEELING DULL AND STUPID? … BRILLIANT!

Feeling Dull And Stupid ā€¦? Brilliant! Where is this dullness and stupidity? What observes this dullness and stupidity? Neither dullness nor observer can be found. It is pure consciousness that remains. This realisation bypasses all techniques on the path to … Continue reading

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BEGINNER MIND, DZOGCHEN MIND

Beginner Mind, Dzogchen Mind It’s being ‘ordinary’. Don’t be confused about the word ‘Dzogchen’; it’s a Tibetan word for Zen, which is a Chinese word for our original essence, which is pure consciousness, which is just seeing. The problem with … Continue reading

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IF WE ARE NOT TOLD THE TRUTH

If We Are Not Told The Truth If we’re not told the truth, what are we being told? If we’re not told the truth, then maybe – consciously or unconsciously – we are being told misunderstandings and untruths. If we … Continue reading

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SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING

Seeing Is Not Believing The phrase, ā€œSeeing is believingā€, is trotted out as if it was the truth, when it merely shows the illusion under which we live. Belief is accepting something without proof. This how others’ definitions create problems … Continue reading

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HOW DID WE BECOME CONFUSED?

How Did We Become Confused? In knowing how we became confused, we can find our way back to our reality. The opposite to knowing is not knowing and understanding the implications of this is quite a shock. We need this … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES OF MIND ESSENCE?

What Are The Qualities Of Mind Essence? The only way we can find the answer to this is through personal questioning and experience. Someone else’s answer is hearsay and thus, only a generalisation. It is for us to experience personally. … Continue reading

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TRUTH IS NOT A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION

TRUTH IS NOT A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION Truth is not a philosophical discussion. Philosophy is for those who don’t know or don’t want to know, as knowing means our view of life will totally change. In discovering absolute truth, we realise … Continue reading

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EXERCISE: CATCHING THAT FIRST MOMENT OF REALITY

Exercise: Catching That First Moment Of Reality This practice is consciousness watching thoughts that come to pass. Play a video of someone you normally do not like. Just watch with an open mind, without any judgement at all. In just … Continue reading

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TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SELF

Take A Look At Your Self This self isn’t bad or demonic; it is just a collection of ideas that we mistake for our being. The demonic aspect of self arises when we express these ideas that can cause harm, … Continue reading

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INSIGHT

Insight Nothing just happens; everything comes about due to a cause. A misunderstanding of this puts insight to sleep. Insight is recognition, and starts with a feeling that something is ‘not quite right’ – a tell-tale sign, a sound in … Continue reading

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YOU WILL NEVER FIND PURE CONSCIOUSNESS

You Will Never Find Pure Consciousness Whether we look or not, pure consciousness it is always present. It is just a presence, the real you. It cannot be described, but has qualities of clarity and compassion. Whatever we think of … Continue reading

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WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR

We Are In The Middle Of A War We are in the middle of a war. We always have been ā€¦ and never knew it. We fight for supremacy while the endarkened and the enlightened sit back and laugh. In … Continue reading

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WE DON’T HAVE TO BEN EXPERT TO KNOW

We Don’t Have To Be An Expert To Know We are knowingness itself. When we know that knowingness is pure perception – pure consciousness – then we know what isn’t, In that, we know everything. šŸ™‚ ā€œWell, I don’t know … Continue reading

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CHOOSING THE FACTS WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR

Choosing The Facts We Would Like To Hear šŸ˜€ Choosing the facts we would like to hear is the perfect example of going round in circles. In Sanskrit, it is called ‘Samsara’, the vicious cycle of existence. We spend our … Continue reading

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