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  1. The Harsh Reality of Awakening

    On some level you are right. Yet, this is all part of the evolutionary process of connection, the most primordial of human desires which began literally when fire was first discovered, and warmth became the universal antidote for alleviating feelings of fragmentation, coldness and malnourishment. Life was simpler then, and on some level, it still is, if.... in the midst of heightened awakening, there comes a realisation that ultimately, the seeming mass of humanity and their current state is predicated on how we choose to think of seeming realities. It gets clearer, and perhaps less harsh where spaciousness is allowed to permeate this awakening process. The good thing is, even when there is that lack of distance and space, it does not mean that one is separated from being a part of that awakening. Probably one's experiences get a little less pleasant and more time & energy consuming, but awakening, nonetheless.
  2. Without language, who would you be? The idea of who we are is developed with language just as a fictional character is developed with words. But fictional characters are only fiction, they don’t actually exist except as an idea. Any feelings produced by reading their plot are felt, not by the character in the book, but by the one reading. Though they are truly felt, they are based on the fictional plot of an imagined character. Likewise, the person believed to be you, is also a fictional character, existing only as an idea. It’s been developed over time through the use of words. Reading this character’s story likely stirs many sincere feelings, and is very touching. However, it’s not the character who feels any such thing, but the reader who is touched by the story of this imagined character. Don’t be troubled by what’s only imagined, nor try to rid yourself of the fictional character that’s believed to be you, that’s just more fiction for a fictional character. There’s no need to fight an imaginary battle for the freedom you already have, but only imagine that you don’t. This character developed in thought, see it for what it is, a story which you’ve been reading. What you truly are, no story can tell. ~ a kind soul ~ "The cause of our discontent is our mistaken feeling of separateness. This isn’t based on anything tangible. It’s based on beliefs and concepts. The duality of subject and object, self and other, is an illusion imputed by the mind.” ~ Pema Chodron
  3. Joyful hugs and smiles to you, dear Ilumairen, and to all my friends here. Trust that everyone is well, and is working diligently towards a kinder, more peaceful world. Its so needed right now. I pray for blessings of wisdom & love for all of you always.
  4. One of the qualities that you can develop, particularly in your older years, is a sense of great compassion for yourself. When you visit the wounds within the temple of memory, you should not blame yourself for making bad mistakes that you greatly regret. Sometimes you have grown unexpectedly through these mistakes. Frequently, in a journey of the soul, the most precious moments are the mistakes. They have brought you to a place that you would otherwise have always avoided. You should bring a compassionate mindfulness to your mistakes and wounds. Endeavor to inhabit the rhythm you were in at that time. If you visit this configuration of your soul with forgiveness in your heart, it will fall into place itself. When you forgive yourself, the inner wounds begin to heal. You come in out of the exile of hurt into the joy of inner belonging. ~ John O'Donohue ~
  5. The basic ground of awareness, which both empowers and liberates experience, is neither a condition of karma nor conditioned by karma. Therefore, while this primordial foundation of unchanging wakefulness may be revealed by means of the Noble Eightfold Path, it is neither created by adopting it nor destroyed by abandoning it. ~ Paramito Ladakh ~
  6. As they draw near to the nature of things The words of the learned become mute. All phenomena, subtle by their very nature, Are said to be beyond expression in words or thoughts. The mind arises in the nature of the emptiness of all things. In this samsara, thick with the mirages of appearance That even the Tathagata’s hands cannot stop, Who can let go of belief in existence and non-existence. ~ Gendun Chopel ~
  7. Its been a while, Rex How have you been, my friend? Trust you & all dear friends here are in great happiness always! Wishing you & everyone here a truly blessed new year _/\_ May all enjoy the causes of great liberation and peace, today and always!
  8. There are forms, and there is that which is aware of forms;There are feelings, and there is that which is aware of feelings;There are perceptions, and there is that which is aware of perceptions;There are thought formations, and there is that which is aware of thought formations;There are sense impressions, and there is that which is aware of sense impressions: That which is aware has always been, is now, and will always be, awakened! ~ Paramito Ladakh ~
  9. To understand selflessness, you need to understand that everything that exists is contained in two groups called the two truths: conventional and ultimate. The phenomena that we see and observe around us can go from good to bad, or bad to good, depending on various causes and conditions. Many phenomena cannot be said to be inherently good or bad; they are better or worse, tall or short, beautiful or ugly, only by comparison, not by way of their own nature. Their value is relative. From this you can see that there is a discrepancy between the way things appear and how they actually are. For instance, something may—in terms of how it appears—look good, but, due to its inner nature being different, it can turn bad once it is affected by conditions. Food that looks so good in a restaurant may not sit so well in your stomach. This is a clear sign of a discrepancy between appearance and reality. These phenomena themselves are called conventional truths: they are known by consciousness that goes no further than appearances. But the same objects have an inner mode of being, called an ultimate truth, that allows for the changes brought about by conditions. A wise consciousness, not satisfied with mere appearances, analyzes to find whether objects inherently exist as they seem to do but discovers their absence of inherent existence. It finds an emptiness of inherent existence beyond appearances. ~ HH 14th Dalai Lama ~
  10. "Ego" is merely consciousness coalescing around an intrinsically insubstantial form, feeling, perception, thought formation or sense impression, and mistakenly claiming it as “self”. ~ Paramito Ladakh ~
  11. “The nature of mind has to be recognized by the nature of mind. It is not 'you' recognizing your nature of mind; it is your spontaneous, effortless nature of mind that recognizes itself, timelessly. It is so easy therefore it is so difficult. It is there all the time, and is without beginning or end. Our mind recognizes our nature of mind all the time. We are never separate. But somehow, as it is said in the Mahamudra prayer, “self awareness, under the power of ignorance, is confused into a 'self'”. So, because of ignorance, the nature of mind that we recognize every moment, every moment we tend to mistake it as 'I'”. ~ Tai Situ Rinpoche ~
  12. Thank you, Steve. I took a lot out of the above talk, and simply wanted to pass it on that others may benefit too. I have only recently found this teacher, and felt quite an immediate connection.
  13. An insightful talk on Chod Practice by Lopon Chandra Easton
  14. Teachers who accept money vs. teachers who teach for free

    Not only is money a vivid form of energy, it usually takes on a prevalently wrathful appearance. Hard to subjugate, thats why so much challenges stubbornly exist around it.
  15. the coiled serpent is also small at the bottom. the uncoiling challenges all manner of conventional self-views, just as ascending Mt. Meru does. Thats why the path requires sure-footedness as opposed to foolhardiness. Getting the foundation right has to be a priority, but hardly anyone takes this encouragement seriously. There is so much hang-up over the term 'foundation' due to misunderstanding what it actually means. That very foundation is the safe passage that ensures one does not meet the 'shakti' unprepared. Its a blueprint of precise steps and calculated formulas that guarantee results, without the kickbacks.