Tag Archives: The Buddha

WHAT IF OUR ‘NORMAL’ IS MADNESS?

What If Our ‘Normal’ Is Madness? Madness: The state of having a serious mental illness … we don’t know what we are. Extremely foolish behaviour … we think we know. A state of wild or chaotic activity … we follow the crowd. We are brain-washed to function at a very basic … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH RELIGION IS …

The Problem With Religion Is … The problem with religion is stories. Religion offers a starting point, a way into our inner reality. Science cannot do this. There nothing wrong with religion, except that it becomes a form that is … Continue reading

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GRASPING AT STRAWS

Grasping At Straws A drowning person will grab at any flimsy reed, or idea. If we don’t know what life is about, we will cling to beliefs. Ignorant of our true reality, we hold on to a flimsy idea of … Continue reading

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THE BUDDHA WAS AN EXPERT BUT …

The Buddha Was An Expert But … The Buddha was an expert, but he said, “Don’t take my word for the truth; test it for yourself”. If he said that, then don’t take any expert’s word for it. If we … Continue reading

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OUR MINDS ARE TAMPERED WITH

Our Minds Are Tampered With Our minds are tampered with, and we are fooled into not recognising truth. The truth of our reality is pure consciousness. When we investigate (rather then being told), this truth cannot be denied. Everything we … Continue reading

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AN EXAMPLE OF MY CONFUSED THINKING

An Example Of My Confused Thinking I had to drop going to teachings, as my reliance was creating doubts. On 11th January 2014, I wrote the post,“Thoughts ‘R’ Us” (it’s at the bottom of this page). You can see that … Continue reading

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GAIN CONFIDENCE OR LOSE CONFIDENCE

Gain Confidence Or Lose Confidence When we have a firm foundation, there is no stopping us. When we have no firm foundation, we dither and doubt. This doubt comes from dealing with others. Do we fit in or not? And … Continue reading

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DIVISION = DIVIDED UP

Division = Divided Up Division: from Latin, dividere ‘force apart, remove’. Being encouraged to identify with a self-image, group, or race, we are divided and removed from our natural reality of perfect peace – our common sense. Throughout history, people have been led … Continue reading

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WHY I WRITE A BLOG

Why I Write A Blog Life is about getting to the point of why we are here, staying with that point, and seeing how that point refines through experience. We cannot assume that, by just reading or hearing teaching, we … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING IS APPROPRIATE

Everything Is Appropriate Karma is perfect. The law of cause and effect is perfect. Perfect ignorance, perfect karma. Perfect wisdom, perfect karma. “This is perfect, that is perfect. Perfect comes from perfect. When perfect is taken from perfect, perfect still … Continue reading

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INNER AND OUTER CONFLICT

Inner And Outer Conflict There is conflict everywhere and so, no inner peace. Inner peace comes from confidence in what is true, rather than what we think is true. We (consciousness) are in conflict with ourselves (our ideas) – or … 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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RECOGNISING THE NEED TO RECONDITION THE MIND

Recognising The Need To Recondition The Mind Recondition: bring it back to good working order. 😀 This is the Buddha’s third noble truth. We find a method to undo all the programmed conditioning that we have been through since birth … Continue reading

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ACKNOWLEDGING CONDITIONING

Acknowledging Conditioning Conditioning: the process of accustoming a person or animal to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances. We are conditioned by others who are conditioned. Being conditioned, we do not have free-will, and so we suffer. Acknowledging this suffering is the … 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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BUDDHISM FOR TODAY

Buddhism For Today The quality of Buddhism is tested through compassion in our relationships. How empathetic are we? This is this age of conflict, and conflict requires people. Buddhism today is about compassion, or rather, the lack of it. Merely … Continue reading

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THE ENABLERS OF GOOD AND EVIL

The Enablers Of Good And Evil That’s us. 😀 Enabler: a person or thing that makes something possible. Enabling has a positive aspect of empowering individuals, but it also has a negative aspect of encouraging dysfunctional behaviour which has become our … Continue reading

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DO WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY?

Do We Want Everyone To Be Happy? Well, yes, of course we do … hmm … and yet … ? If we are all happy with our lot, we will stay as we are, “living the dream”. To love our … Continue reading

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THE TWO IGNORANCES

The Two Ignorances Ignorance of our true nature, and maintenance of that ignorance: the origin and maintenance of sin. It may be hard to accept that exaggeration about our self turns into a life of lies. The two ignorances – … Continue reading

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INVESTIGATING TRUTH – RECOGNISING EVIDENCE

Investigating Truth – Recognising Evidence The problem with investigating truth is knowing the difference between wanting proof (something acquired or borrowed) as opposed to proving as a personal experience. If we want proof without proving, whatever we come up with will still be a theory; it’s … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM HAS NO BELIEFS

Buddhism Has No Beliefs When we believe, we consent to go along with a version of the truthwhich turns us aside from the truth. People are mistakenly believing that there is something wrong with them.Buddhism is about knowing that we are truth. In the early … Continue reading

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NOT TOO DRY, AND NOT TOO WET

Not Too Dry, And Not Too Wet The Buddha said, “Not too tight, and not too loose.” The following can equally apply; “Not too dry, and not too wet.” There are cycles of expression in the teachings – there are … Continue reading

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WE ARE SLEEPWALKING IN OTHERS’ DREAMS

We Are Sleepwalking In Others’ Dreams There are those who are aware of this phenomenon, those who deny it, and those who aren’t bothered. Globalisation is the process by which businesses – and other organisations – develop international influence, operating on … Continue reading

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GIVE UP THE DHARMA TO REALISE THE DHARMA

Give Up The Dharma To Realise The Dharma We will never realise the Dharma by listening or reading about the Dharma. “But I want the original, authentic teaching!” This is why the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; … Continue reading

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I AM DISGUSTED!

I Am Disgusted! And in my disgust, I have to find compassion. Tricky. But is it doable? In general, humans are governed by desire, which is caused by ignorance of our desire-less nature. Because of this, we dash around, engaging … Continue reading

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WHAT IS REAL SELF?

What Is Real Self? The simple answer: in the stillness of mind, the real self is that which is aware of the question, “What is the real self?” This real self is not just aware; the awareness rests in its … Continue reading

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DO GOOD, DO NO HARM, TAME THE MIND

Do Good, Do No Harm, Tame The Mind The Buddha Said, “Do Good, Do No Harm, Tame The Mind”. How do we do this? Simply choose a prayer or mantra such as ‘Om Mani Padme Hung’ which, as the mantra … Continue reading

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CONTROLLING THE FLOCK

Controlling The Flock Fear = Panic = Chaos = Confusion = Conflict = More Fear This is how people are controlled Our personal suffering is maintained by joining – and therefore becoming part of – collective confusion. Experience “reaction in … Continue reading

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PROOF THAT THE BUDDHA WAS RIGHT

Proof That The Buddha Was Right The Buddha tells us that which we already know; that we are pure cognisance. This is our true nature. How do we know this? Because it is pure cognisance that is recognising. Re-cognising: Latin … Continue reading

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THE MIDDLE WAY OF THE MIDDLE WAY

The Middle Way Of The Middle Way We have to discover what the Buddha discovered. The Buddha discovered pure awareness: “Not too tight and not too loose.” Not too rigid and not too easygoing. Not too supercilious (Old Age) and … Continue reading

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STUDENTS AND TEACHERS – A CAN OF WORMS!

Students and Teachers – A Little Can Of Worms! It needn’t be. This is mainly about Tibetan Buddhism, but it appertains to all spiritual groups and traditions. All spiritual ideals have been acquired from another culture, apart from indigenous people … Continue reading

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THE FOUR ENLIGHTENED ACTIVITIES

The Four Enlightened Activities Sometimes in the dharma, it isn’t always possible to find an exact meaning of a text, such as those describing – in practical terms – the four enlightened activities of Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetising and Destroying. There … Continue reading

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WHY WE SHOULD MEDITATE FOR OUR SELVES

Why We Should Meditate For Our Selves The Meditation Scientist Scientists and meditators use the same instrument: the microscope. For a scientist, this is a physical object, and for a meditator, it is the nature of mind looking at the … Continue reading

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CAN THE BUDDHA BE INSULTED?

Can the Buddha be insulted? Can the Buddha be disrespected? Can the Buddha be made fun of? Yes, if you want. The Buddha can be insulted, disrespected and made fun of. However this does not affect the Buddha; the Buddha … Continue reading

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THE COMPLETE DHARMA IS WITHIN US ALL

The Complete Dharma is Within Us All Even though the teachings of the Buddha and the ancient masters are fully comprehensive and elaborate, they are all within us. We know everything there is to know; we merely have to take … Continue reading

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WHAT THE BUDDHA MEANT TO SAY

What the Buddha meant to say.  You are fake. Your reaction is fake. Your pure awareness of that fake reaction is real.  🙂 .

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