Category Archives: Suffering

The Transcendent Fire of Change and Loss

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.

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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 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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Mind the Gap – Mindfulness and Boarding Psychic Trains

Mindfulness, a term so often used nowadays, so often removed from the context of a system of spiritual development. One might even say it has been commercialised, turned into a brand, a product. True mindfulness cannot be achieved without the elements which support its development; ethics, wisdom and meditation are a tripod that support spiritual development, they hold up the path.

Mindfulness is essentially guarding the senses, or rather, guarding the consciousness of all six sense inputs (five plus mind) to prevent proliferation occurring. This means that when a smell, a sound, a sight, or a thought arises, we are alert enough to be aware that a sense impression has arisen, and that if we jump on board reactive thought trains, we will soon be lost in fantasy or anger or craving. Continue reading Mind the Gap – Mindfulness and Boarding Psychic Trains

The Art and the Nature of True and Lasting Happiness

May I be well, may I be happy, may I be free from suffering.

May you be well, may you be happy, may you be free from suffering.

May they be well, may they be happy, may they be free from suffering.

May all be well, may all be happy, may all be free from suffering.

 

Metta Bhavana Meditation

 

We use these phrases in our meditation, essentially to take well-wishing and open it out to include all that lives. Metta is deep welling kindness, a selfless brightness, a dazzling fire that totally transforms us. Continue reading The Art and the Nature of True and Lasting Happiness

Flow, and The Changing of Difficult Emotions

I had an experience of some difficult or painful emotions over the weekend. There is no need to go into the story around the emotions, suffice to say that it led me to seek out ways to change the way I was feeling. I chose to do this through food, having given up anything else I could possibly use!

I know the theories, I understand that food or anything else cant help, or change the feeling. I wanted comfort, I wanted avoidance, from some painful feelings.

So I acted out, and promptly felt even worse, frustrated with myself and sad. So eventually I did what I should have done straight away, I turned towards it. Continue reading Flow, and The Changing of Difficult Emotions

Believing in Enlightenment – Existentialism, Doubt, Lemmings, and Hope

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

Tonglen – Gently Beheading the Ego

Taking and giving. In meditation one visualises breathing in the sufferings of the world, and breathing out relief, or happiness. It is a training in altruism. This meditation will reduce selfish attachment, increase a sense of renunciation, create good karma by giving, and to develop and expand loving-kindness and bodhicitta. All six perfections are involved – giving, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom. Continue reading Tonglen – Gently Beheading the Ego

Transformation of Suffering – Re-Wiring Self-Cherishing and Opening Out

Sometimes in life or in meditation there is suffering.

Loneliness. Feeling trapped. Feeling lost, confused. Unhappiness, feeling unfulfilled, something is not quite right. Continue reading Transformation of Suffering – Re-Wiring Self-Cherishing and Opening Out