Tag Archives: Suffering

WHAT’S THE POINT OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

What’s The Point Of Spiritual Practice? ‘Spiritual’ is our most profound level of being, beyond material pursuits. ‘Practice’ is the means to an end, which is the realisation of this profound level of being. The point is to discover what … Continue reading

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THE TSUNAMI OF SUFFERING

The Tsunami Of Suffering created by the Tsumani of Ignorance. It’s quite simple: if we ignore whatever’s going on in our own minds and our own consciousness, then how are we ever to know what external influences are obscuring our … Continue reading

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SMASHING THE LOTUS PROGRAMME

Smashing The Lotus Programme Our motivation for liberation has to be more powerful than the dream state in which we live. On the path to realising our true nature – enlightenment – there are two aspects. One is understanding our … Continue reading

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TRUE GRIT!

True Grit! Do we have to suffer to become enlightened? No, but it helps. Some take up the Dharma because it’s an intellectual or cultural pastime, while for others, it is experiential. The first noble truth is, in fact, the … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE START OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY?

How Do We Start Our Spiritual Journey? The joy of sorrow. Now and again, we have to go back to the beginning. What’s it all about? For some reason, we are attracted to a spiritual tradition. We may feel unfulfilled, … Continue reading

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PRACTISING DHARMA IN A TROUBLED WORLD

Practising Dharma In A Troubled World We complain about how life seems so cheap. We complain about continual changes happening in the world. We complain about others’ attitudes. We complain about the constant suffering. “With all these traumas in the … Continue reading

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ADVERSITY = EMPATHY = COMPASSION

Adversity = Empathy = Compassion …or can do, if we don’t claim to be a victim or blame others. Of course we are victims and we can blame others, but that is merely part of path-journey-uncovering. The difference depends on … Continue reading

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THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING

The Cause of Suffering (revised*) The cause of suffering is the second noble truth: the first noble truth is the admission that we are suffering. Usually, we think that the cause of our suffering is someone or something other than … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE CHANGE?

How Do We Change? First, we have to recognise that change is needed. If we feel dissatisfied, uncomfortable, bored, worthless, and are suffering in some manner, we will want to change. However, because of past events, we may have to … Continue reading

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THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING

The cause of suffering In general, we are controlled by our emotions. The emotions arise because of ideas we hold about our projected self. These ideas are re-enforced by the environment in which we live, which is due to our … Continue reading

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STILL DEPRESSED AND DISSATISFIED?!

Still depressed and dissatisfied?! You are absolutely right to be depressed and dissatisfied, because everything around us is feeding our mind with concepts! We have two obstacles: one is that we do not know our true nature, and the other … Continue reading

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SIMPLE BEGINNERS’ BUDDHISM PART ONE

Simple Beginners’ Buddhism. Part One: The first Noble Truth – recognising  Suffering                                                         … Continue reading

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