Category Archives: Beauty

A Flash of Inspiration

Every now and again, you turn inwards, and see that mind can be free from its usual patterns, of its cravings and selfing and delusions, delusions like separation, fixity and permanence.

When it happens, it is like becoming aware of a great sun, and you feel as though you know that this is how mind can be, this is your potential. There is the sense that no object is to be found or craved, no subject to find or do the craving, and that this beautiful light is the light in and of all beings, in and of all life.

Never again would there be the sense that I can be seen as separate to you, or to other, or to all. It can be less like seeing a sun and more like becoming sunshine, boundless, edgeless, free, and bright.

Experience surrounded by echoes of bliss and beauty and excitement, and the deepest peace. You wonder if you will ever be the same again, and of course, knowing you are not fixed, you know you won’t!

Beyond any kind of thought or feeling, perception dies away, and you know that if you could just stay in touch with this dimension of being then all craving and suffering would simply fall away.

You also know that if you could show others how to find it, suffering would cease in them too, and perhaps you might just hope that with the dawning of this light, any conflict or harm, any greed or pollution or power becomes obsolete, not sought, its true nature seen and understood.

How can you fight or use another if you know you are not separate, and understand that like you, they seek happiness and an end to suffering. How can you possibly destroy the environment which holds this field of life, how can you possibly not act for the benefit of all life?

Ratnasambhava – The Golden Buddha of the South

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

Wonder and Awe

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?

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The Five Buddha Mandala – A Brief Introduction

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

How is Your Meditation? An Invitation and a Communication

To my readers,

How is your meditation? How is your life?

I hope you are well, I feel that I would like to communicate a little more directly with you. I feel perhaps I have been writing too much about my own experience, and perhaps letting you down if you are learning. The raft I have constructed to get me to the further shore may not be right for you, since we all start from where we are, with our own unique conditioning, issues, views and tendencies.

Perhaps we all must build our own, but just as one must choose the right materials from which to build a raft, we are likely to want to use similar  materials, similar meditation practices and teachings, in other words, the ones taught by those who have successfully made this journey themselves.

I want to make this blog as useful to you as I can, so I want to ask you how your meditation is, how your life is, how your spiritual life is going?

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The Buddha’s Activity is as Sunlight Dancing on the Waters of Time

If you had been out walking one night, two and a half millennia across time, you might have seen, framed against the moonlight shining on the river, a meditating figure. There would have been something deeply compelling about this sight, about the enigmatic smile and peaceful countenance.

Had you been out again the next morning, the same sight would have greeted you, except this time he would be framed by golden light of the sparkling sunshine, dancing on the surface of the gently flowing stream.

What you would not know, what you could not know, is that in the sparkling stream of consciousness connecting the two sights, the most profound event for life in this aeon had arisen. A Buddha had come to be.
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The White Fire of Vajrasattva – A Perfect Healing Meditation

O diamond warrior, purify my karma, meet me as we transcend time and space. Honour my potential, and bless me with your purifying, glistening healing nectar of white light. Restores us to our true home and our true nature.

Radiance. Shunyata. White Fire.

An experience of coming home so pure and true as to echo through eternity.
Dynamite vajra prince, smash my selfishness asunder, heal me of my greed and my foolishness. Hero fight by my side as I face down all demons. Lend me your gaze of white fire. Let me sit with you in boundless pure light.

Great Protector, Love me passionately. May your diamond blaze melt all that stands between me and the truth. I dissolve into you, bond sealed across space and time.

Vajrasattva nature pure like the sun, shining scintillating rainbows through the universal fields, helping lotuses everywhere grow and bloom.

Let us stand nowhere, striving side by side beyond space and time to release all beings from their suffering, so that all that lives may be free.

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Full of Emptiness Like Sky, Nowhere the Mind’s I


When the sun of prajna shines, all notions, all ideas, all perceptions of how things are vanish like the stars at dawn.

Vasubandhu 

(Prajna – Wisdom, insight into the nature of reality)

Sometimes if you read dharma books, you can be struck by insight, a penny drops, and a teaching becomes clearer. It may be particularly well-written, or from a perspective you hadn’t come across before. This happened to me over the holidays,and it was the teaching of emptiness, or voidness,  in this case through the lens of anatta or selflessness.

Anatta is one of the three portals to insight, or lakshanas, the lack of any lasting true self is a window looking out onto enlightenment. Indeed, this selflessness is one way to the end of selfishness, the end of duality, a way of approaching the great voidness, the great light.

It is so clear that the assumption of the self, in everything we do or think, is the fundamental root of all craving, all suffering, and all the other defilements such as greed, hatred and delusion. Without a self desiring, where can be desire? Continue reading Full of Emptiness Like Sky, Nowhere the Mind’s I

Seeking Positivity in Meditation and in Life

In life and in meditation,  if you look for and focus on the positive factors, or the dhyana factors, then they become apparent. They appear, become available, and then seem to flourish under the light of our gentle gaze. Dhyana is a state of deep and blissful meditative concentration or absorption.

There is a good reason why gratitude is a large part of many spiritual awakenings, as it is a way of focusing on what is right, what is good, what is pleasurable or bright in your experience. It is a way of training the mind to see what is bright, forging new pathways to appreciation and eventually a blissful relishing of experience.

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