Coming up next: a few terse thoughts on desire, and suffering. With a picture of a pricey handbag like a jewelled tortoise, which I saw in Florence.

Why do Buddhists do “retreats”? Is this basically self-obsessed navel-gazing? Surely not! Yet they/we do practise “mind over matter”… that is, valuing their mind more than the (so-called) real world.

It’s a cause of real misunderstandings — so read and be clear on the wonders of:-
The Pointing Inwards Principle

Five Cram Buddhist website

Are you a creative person? Or creative in your everyday self-expression? Is it all a pointless way to bolster the self that brings you suffering? How could it be part of your path to Awakening yourself and others? Click here to read on!

Dharma pigeons Five

Emptiness, the ultimate nature of things, is meant to sound hollow, to counter our notions of the solidity of our world of appearances — so what about compassion? Are emotions just a mistake? Or could Reality be feeling, sensitive, by nature? Here’s something to reflect upon.

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As for delving into this site more deeply, here are some provocative ideas you may have missed already:–

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Sacred or holy things are not about religious beliefs or God-ism

Do Buddhists pray? Who to? What for? Closet God-ism or good sense?

What’s the antidote to fear? How to beat it!

So-called “Awakened Beings” – are they present but invisible? New-Age hocus-pocus or what?  (This one’s to come later this year) (no link to the future!)

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Here there is nothing to attain...
Here there is nothing to attain…