This is a lovely documentary about a Western academic’s encounters with the lamas embodying the Tibetan Buddhist teachings.
Thought, speech and action are all intimately connected, form part of the same karmic chains. All condition each other, all are actions, all create ripples and effects, all can form powerful manifestations. Transforming your speech reflects the whole path.
Your words, whether written or spoken, even whether said or unsaid, can cause suffering, sorrow and harm, but also great joy and inspiration, so choose them wisely as they echo in eternity. Continue reading Right Speech – Words are Worlds
Creating the self. We are essentially a product of what we think about and our beliefs. Believing in enlightenment, or tao, or approaching God, or some way of framing a goal is important to keep us practising. This belief, simply put, changes our consciousness, and involves working with our consciousness in some way. Continue reading Believing in Enlightenment – Existentialism, Doubt, Lemmings, and Hope
A mantra is essentially just some foreign words in a tune at first, and yet people seem to be finding meaning in them, even emotion. People are singing with all their hearts, harmonies are emerging, and it is beautiful. Something might touch you, an archetypal hand reaches out from the void. Eventually, you learn what the mantra evokes, indeed eventually you learn what all of the mantras evoke, and they are immense and vast and can leave one trembling, weeping even. Continue reading Mantra – Words for Worlds, Echoes in Eternity
It really is almost spring, there are a few flowers appearing, crocuses and snowdrops, which is a beautiful sight. Its been a long grey slog, with so much rain and awful winds. Im going to be brave and approach the unapproachable. I ask you to join me, to invoke a spirit of enquiry, of emptiness. One has to abandon labels and conceptions to approach the formless – the indefinable.
They say that religion is for those who fear hell, and that spirituality is for those who have already been there, and there is a truth in this but also a danger. I invite you to suspend judgement while you read this, to temporarily suspend disbelief, to let go of any labeling or judging. I dare you to let go of the limiting and defining egoic concept that says “I am this” or “I am that.” Lets explore this together. Continue reading What is God? Exploring Prayer, Concept and Limits, Surrender and Refuges.
He sits, on his cloud, working tirelessly to release beings from suffering. He took a vow. He will work until there is liberation for all that lives.
At one stage, it became too much, he lost heart and he thought of himself. On breaking this vow he was split into a thousand pieces.
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I am someone who has found a measure of happiness and serenity, a jewel forged in the fires of addiction and depression, and have practised and studied spiritual, psychological and religious teachings as if my life depended on it. It did.
I am so filled with gratitude to my teachers across space and time. It is as if after years of a cold dark hell, my face is warmed by the sun. Once filled and brightened by this sunshine, it is simply natural to wish to share it, to let it shine through me, in the hope that others might benefit.
Continue reading Welcome to The Way of Sunshine!