How should a Buddhist respond to the grief we feel when someone close to us dies? Meditate more? Hide it and look like we knew about impermanence anyway? Let’s get real about it. Grief: a good hurt?
Time to get fearless in our interrogation of thinking! Just remember, if life is a dream, that’s not the same as not dreaming. Following the piece about the “I” we think we are, we’ll question any other thing we might think about, and finally see how to root out fixed underlying beliefs in our thinking. Stay tuned!
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In the series on insight in meditation we’re musing on thoughts and who has them. We don’t choose what thoughts to have, yet we claim whatever thought comes as mine? Crazy! They’re not mine? Crazier!
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Do Buddhists have beliefs? Or is it actually non-Buddhists that do? Watch out for the wolf!
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Another instalment of my Dictionary: find out what those tricksy words really mean! The truth about EMOTIONS.
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We’ve questioned our idea of a real person, so what am I? The mirror shows someone different each time, yet I feel it’s the same me looking. Curious!.
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Are Awakened Beings (like Avalokiteshvara / Chenrezig / Kuan Yin / Kannon) real people that we can’t see? Why do Buddhists use them in various practices? Which prompts the question: what is a real person? It’s not a simple as you may think, especially if you assume that a person has more than one lifetime. And even more so if you question what exactly you are, and whether your assumptions about your self are true.
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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
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!
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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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!
- Think you’re Awakened? Seeing through the illusion of self is not yet Enlightenment, don’t kid your not-self!
- In a lighter vein – your friend is your enemy… self-esteem is a terrible idea… life neatly defined for you.
- You can know now what will happen after death – take a peek.
- Are you really a Buddhist? Pass this test.
- Quick way to connect to Love
- Meditating to stop your thinking? Big mistake!
- Just realising impermanence could be your gateway to Awakening… and yet impermanence is not the case.
So-called “Awakened Beings” – are they present but invisible? New-Age hocus-pocus or what? See latest posts.
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