Change often manifests as crisis, we lose a life we have constructed, we are stripped of who we were, the person who has this or that job, this or that relationship, and lives in this or that place. There is a golden opportunity and a power available to us during times of transition or crisis, to open to the great mystery and find new meaning and new possibilities.
I write this, and decide to break a long silence. I had a copyright claim against me, and a divorce to cope with, so despite writing at length of pain, and of ways to cope with pain, I have felt unable to publish this yet. I have written much for people in recovery which I will post soon, and have more recently been exploring shamanism and druidry, and a living connection with nature which is inspiring me beautifully.
I don’t see this as separate or different from buddhism, the buddha having lived in connection with the natural world and its spirits and beings. I started to write about the way in which nature can sometimes seem to communicate with us, teach us, connect us with our wild nature, but this article evolved into something else.
There is a fulcrum in the process of perception which is a delusion, and from that delusion follow craving, attachment and aversion, and therefore suffering. This fulcrum is an assumption under which we labour, which is a false assumption, and if we can manage to turn that fulcrum upside down, or rather, set it back up the right way, then the way in which we relate to the world, things, people, events, the senses and the emotions is changed and gone is the majority of our suffering.
The delusion is this. We are brought up to think that we are a separate and independent being, and as a result of that, everything that is not a part of that being is other, and is a threat or something to be desired. We have consciousness, in which are various arisings, and because we see we assume a see-er, because we think we assume a thinker, because we feel we assume a self that feels. It is a catastrophic fault of vision, to assume this self. We see this self as being evident as a separate body, an independent mind, perhaps even a soul. Continue reading The Fault in our Vision which Might End Human Existence
I made a big mistake with this blog, in thinking that because it was not for profit and for educational purposes I could use various photographs I found online. I recently discovered that this is not the case, and can only apologise for any harm done. I genuinely wanted to offer spiritual wisdom and inspiration for those who are interested or suffering, and wanted to make the site visually stunning in order to do so. It is so hard to remove such beauty from my site, but I will try to buy or license some of those I really love.
If anyone reading this has taken beautiful pictures and would consider letting me use them then please do send me images and any credit you would like. I am tempted to launch a photo competition but I fear I don’t have enough readers! Any beautiful scenery or nature, Buddhas, light, sunshine, skies, are the kind of images I love to use.
Sadly I might have to pay a considerable sum in damages, which will effectively put me out of business. In the meantime, and in the hope that the photographer concerned will not pursue me for money I do not have, I am going to go through the 108 articles I have published, and the 70 or so more in the editing process, and take out all photos apart from those I have paid for or taken myself. For a perfectionist like me this is hell, as I really took my time to find perfect images which complemented my writing and communicated what I could not. I hope the site can still maintain the beauty I strove for with less professional images.
I do apologise for the site being offline, and the slow process of putting it back together in a way that is ethically more sound, and I apologise to those whose pictures I loved and wanted to use. I do hope that there will be no more lawsuits, and aspire to ensure everything I used is with permission.
This does give me a chance to go through and edit all my old articles, so perhaps it is a blessing in disguise, as I dread to think what I wrote when I began this project a few years ago! So thank you for bearing with me, and do please feel free to donate if you find the site useful or have benefitted from the recordings I have offered, I would be very grateful for any generosity in return.
To understand the significance of the Buddhas, it may be worth reading the introduction to the mandala of the five Buddhas, which explains a little more about what they really are and how they evolved in the archetypal Vajrayana Buddhist imagination. Effectively how real they are, and in what way they are real, is left to you. They are not like Gods, they represent aspects of the enlightened mind, and as such, are both real and unreal, both archetype and other power.
Ratnasambhava is the gorgeous bright Buddha of the southern realm, made of golden light, made of the summer, of generosity and abundance, giving and equanimity. He is the sunshine at its bright zenith, the reworking of the mind and heart to include all life in one’s outlook rather than the limited one self. Continue reading Ratnasambhava – The Golden Buddha of the South
Eh Ma Oh !
Dharma Wondrous Strange !
Profoundest Mystery of the Perfect Ones.
Within the Birthless, all things take their birth,
Yet in that birth, nothing is borne.
From the infinitely vast to the emptiness in the atom and the subatomic dance, from dimensions unknown to the stretching of time, I find awe. Our survival demands evolution, which demands transformation, which demands practice. The principle of practice is simple, we take regular steps, and we take care of every moment and every being as best we can.
For this to happen, we need to stay inspired, so that what is highest in you is in contact with what is highest in the universe. What for you causes that resonance, that shimmering and sparkling in the heights of your being? What is it that connects you to awe and wonder? How do you stay connected and stay inspired, how do you keep it alive in your practice?
I recently rediscovered this, having listened to it ceaselessly for a while about a decade ago. It is beautiful, both the poetry and the unique Vietnamese vocals, refreshingly simple, astonishingly powerful.
I have been writing a series about the mandala of the five buddhas, or jinas, or conquerors. This is because I recently gave a talk about the Buddha Amoghasiddhi, and found the writing of it very inspiring. I published articles about Amoghasiddhi and Akshobya late last year, and have articles coming up on the other three Buddha figures; Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Vairocana.
Buddha, means one who is awake, and this represents the pinnacle of human potential, the teacher of gods and men. What this means is beyond the scope of either our minds or our words to understand. We are however treated to glimpses of spiritual qualities, of higher states of consciousness, and of true reality as we walk our path through life.
Perhaps we might notice the dance of the leaves in the breeze, or the amazement of a beautiful sunrise, or experience stillness, expansion, compassion, or are struck by a feeling of awe, of beauty, of something that is beyond. Continue reading The Five Buddha Mandala – A Brief Introduction