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Happiness…

When we speak about happiness, we are often mixing up two quite different and largely independent states — two levels of satisfaction. One the one hand, there are those pleasurable feelings which come with sensory-level experiences. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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The everyday practice…

“The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself.” — Dilgo … Continue reading

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Alaya vijana

In Buddhism we speak of the alaya vijana – the ground consciousness. This is the ‘storehouse’ of all experiences, thoughts and feelings we have had since time immemorial. In the west we often refer to this as the subconscious or … Continue reading

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Patanjali said in the Yoga Sutras

Patanjali said in the Yoga Sutras: citta vritti nirodha = yoga is the cessation of mental fluctuations… This is achieved through the 8 limbs of yoga: yama (ethical standards–prohibitions=don’ts) niyama (self discipline and spiritual observances–Yes, do!) asana (postures) pranayama (life … Continue reading

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Nagarjuna’s Chatuskoti

I was contemplating, while doing my yoga this morning — turning this way and that; looking at my room in all directions, right side up, and upside down — that everything we perceive is dependent on our very own perspective. … Continue reading

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Take this body and mind as the laboratory

“Take this body and mind as the laboratory, engage in some thorough research on your own mental functioning, and examine the possibility of making some positive changes within yourself.” –Insights from the Dalai Lama

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There is no need to ’empty’ the mind, as it is already empty

There is no need to ’empty’ the mind, as it is already empty. The mind is empty and luminous. It is because the mind is empty and luminous — that a thought, feeling, sound, touch or taste can ‘appear’ and … Continue reading

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By hearing the Dharma, we begin the process of remembering our True Nature

We all have Buddha Nature, which is the reason we can become enlightened, the reason we are capable of ‘waking up’. We have a mantra that says: “om, All is Pure as it is. I am Pure as I am”. Ultimately … Continue reading

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