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The Choices We Have To Make...

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  It is very hard in America today to not be in a near constant state of anxiety. Having lived through Covid 19 the concern is still present because the threat of another pandemic is always present. T he inflationary pressures are hitting the middle class and the working poor very hard and many are living unhealthy lives because the cost of healthful food is so out of reach for many. This has a direct long-term impact one ones health. Millions in America are without proper or sufficient healthcare. The USA is the wealthiest country in the world. We can spend billions fighting wars and helping other nations in need, yet we cannot afford to put a universal health care system in place so all our people have adequate health care. Our political system has been under attack by DJT and sycophants since 2015 and now we have one party that has no agenda other than to tear everything down and as near as i can tell just wing it from there. But one thing we can be certain of, corporations and the

For Those Considering the Buddhist Path...

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  Learn Religion - There are two parts to being a practicing Buddhist: First, it means that you agree with certain basic ideas or tenets that are at the core of what the historical Buddha taught. Secondly, it means that you regularly and systematically engage in one or more activities in a way that is familiar to Buddhist followers. This can range from living a devoted life in a Buddhist monastery to practicing a simple 20-minute meditation session once a day. In truth, there are many, many ways to practice Buddhism—it is a welcoming religious practice that allows for a great diversity of thought and belief among its followers.  Basic Buddhist Beliefs There are many branches of Buddhism that focus on different aspects of the Buddha's teachings, but all are united in the acceptance of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. The Four Noble Truths Ordinary human existence is filled with suffering.   For Buddhists, "suffering" doesn't necessarily refer to physical or mental ag

Be Kind To Yourself... And Others

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Consciousness: The Ultimate Intelligence...

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Why emptiness is liberating...

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View all phenomena as dream-like...

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Tibetan Buddhism and Non-Duality...

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The Great Perfection, A Meditation

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Finding Rest in Illusion...

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How to Abandoned Preference and Enjoy Reality...

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Dalai Lama speaks on Nyingma Dzogchen ...

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Dzogchen introduction...

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Dzogchen - "The Great Perfection" ...

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A Meditation on Emptiness and Luminosity...

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Stop Limiting Life's Possibility...

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The Nature of Mind... Empty Cognizance

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Milarepa Solitary Realizer...

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Samadhi - Guided Meditation #2...

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The Negative Impact of Introspection...

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What Will The Temples of Tomorrow Look Like?...

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Samadhi - Guided Meditation #1...

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Garab Dorje - ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ...

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The Song Of View, Practice, and Action...

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  Oh, my Guru! The Exemplar of the View, Practice, and Action, Pray vouchsafe me your grace, and enable me To be absorbed in the realm of Self-nature! For the View, Practice, Action, and Accomplishment There are three Key-points you should know: All the manifestation, the Universe itself, is contained in the mind; The nature of Mind is the realm of illumination Which can neither be conceived nor touched. These are the Key-points of the View. Errant thoughts are liberated in the Dharmakaya; The awareness, the illumination, is always blissful; Meditate in a manner of non-doing and non-effort. These are the Key-points of Practice. In the action of naturalness The Ten Virtues spontaneously grow; All the Ten Vices are thus purified. By corrections or remedies The Illuminating Void is ne'er disturbed. These are the Key-points of Action. There is no Nivana to attain beyond; There is no Samsara here to renounce; Truly to know the Self-mind It is to be the Buddha Himself. These are the Key-

The Three Poisons Part IV: Ignorance (Pride & Doubt)...

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The Three Poisons Part III: How to Overcome Anger

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The Three Poisons Part II: Greed & the Five Desires...

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The Three Poisons...

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The Nature of Mind...

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Ignorance and Wisdom...

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An ignorant man ages like an ox. His flesh may increase, but not his understanding. A fool who recognises his own ignorance is thereby in fact a wise man, but a fool who considers himself wise -- that is what one really calls a fool. The Buddha In the context of Buddhism, ignorance refers to a fundamental  lack of understanding of the true nature of reality , which leads to attachment, aversion, and delusion. An ignorant person in Buddhism is someone who is unaware of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which are the foundation of Buddhist teachings. The meaning of Ignorance in Buddhism   explained.

Expansive Awareness...

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Thought and Emotions...

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The Creator...

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  It is unlikely that the creator of the cosmos is a God as in the Bible. It simply became a generally accepted myth among humans over time.

Bringing Ancient Wisdom Into The Modern World...

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The six foundations of the Natural State are: In the natural state the meditator is connecting with something beyond the realm of the mind. Zen master Bankei called it the Unborn Mind because it is never born or created; it's eternally present. Effortless meditation is resting within a perfection and wholeness that is already present, it is not created through meditation practice it is discovered.  1) No Grasping Non-grasping means you cannot grasp or comprehend the natural state of meditation with concepts.  Any attempt to grasp the natural state with your thinking mind will not only fail it will become a big obstacle to resting in the natural state. When your mind says “I’ve got it” it hasn’t. What it boils down to is best described in the first line of Tao Te Ching “ the Tao that can be named, is not the real Tao ” .  2) Stillness Stillness is a great  pointing out instruction  and one of the few direct methods. The only thing to do in the natural state of meditation is to sit

Simply Settle...

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The Secret Connection Between Quantum Physics And Buddhism...

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Touching Reality as It Is...

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Empty of What?...

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Awaken to Your Inner Buddha...

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Dualism -vs- Non-Dualism...

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  Learn Religion -  Dualism  and  nondualism  (or  non-duality ) are words that come up frequently in Buddhism. Here is a very basic explanation of what these terms mean. Dualism is a perception that something -- or everything, including reality itself -- can be sorted into two fundamental and irreducible categories. In western philosophy dualism most often refers to the view that phenomena are either mental or physical. However, dualism could refer to perceiving many other things as a contrasting pair -- male and female, good and evil, light and dark. Not everything that comes in pairs is a duality. The  yin-yang symbol of Chinese philosophy  might look dualistic, but it's actually something else. According to Taoism, the circle represents  the Tao , "the undifferentiated Unity out of which all of existence arises." The black and white areas of the symbol represent the masculine and feminine energies from which all phenomena take existence, and both yin and yang are Tao