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Want to learn to meditate? – It’s simple.

September 6th, 2010 No comments

It really is so simple and yet so profound most people don’t get it – often even meditators or Buddhists of long standing just don’t get it. But it is simple, so very, very simple.

Head on over to the forums at http://www.vipassanaforum.net/ and sign up. You will learn a simple non-sectarian, scientifically backed meditation technique (with no bells and whistles) and get it in a short time.

If you have ever thought about meditating, you’ve wasted you’re time 😀 …. so get on your butt and do it instead.

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What does it mean to walk the path of the Buddha?

May 14th, 2010 No comments

Not as easy a question to answer as to ask, in every country Buddhism has visited, it has mutated or taken on local customs in some way. However in coming to the west it has also been subject to rational empiricism, which is the stance the Buddha taught to take.

As a western Buddhist I still received my grounding in Dhamma from Her Eminence Khandro Mindroling Rinpoche – a Tibetan teacher, and also from Kobun Chino Roshi (deceased) – who came from Japan and lived in America.

Now I take most of my teachings from the Pali canon, having reverted to a somewhat Therevadan stance on the purity of these teachings, whilst always being aware they were carried as an oral tradition for some few hundred years before being inscribed.

The Buddha’s teachings are quite explicit. To follow his path is to follow your breath and body until you still your mind. It is not to focus on the nose or mouth – this comes from a misunderstanding – but to “fully face” the object of meditation – at first the whole body breathing experience and sensation in the body, which one is to relax.

The neurological basis of this is simple. By sending a signal to the brain via the Vagus nerve, one of ten Cranial nerves and one that directly enters the brain stem near the fight/flight mechanisms of your lower brain, you tell the mind:

EVERYTHING IS OK!

And eventually the mind believes it. The endless, inane, babble and chatter of your own mind stops and, one day – if you are doing it right –  something seemingly magic starts happening. You start to feel quite blissful. The Buddha said, “Enraptured with bliss” and “with a bliss not borne of the body”. He described four material states of bliss and four immaterial. The first four are essential to fully attaining the meditative fruit of “insight” or “Vipassana”. This fruit is one of the conditions of extinguishing the final remnants of the three root poisons and attaining the goal.

On the way you act with compassion, kindness, generosity, honesty and do right by those you meet on the way.

The goal is hard to attain but possible for everyone who tries hard enough, develops their insight, uses it wisely to hone their meditation, does not get hung up on anything, including views of the path or the goal .. and practices hard at meditation, with discipline and awareness yet with a relaxed and upright body.

That’s how I do it. I’m not exactly a meditation master (yet?) but I teach the basics and get good feedback. Don’t know why people write books on the subject to be honest. People need feedback.

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Child Rapists and “Civil Society”.

February 13th, 2010 No comments
From The UK Column:
by Robert Green

In the October 2009 print edition of the UK Column, we reported in our article, “BBC Hides Truth of Girl’s Sexual Abuse Ordeal” the shocking ordeal of Downs Syndrome girl, Hollie Greig, who was horribly abused by an Aberdeen paedophile ring, over a period of ten years. After investigating and planning a documentary, the BBC abruptly dropped the case, despite admitting that Hollie was a reliable and accurate witness. It is important to stress that both the police and qualified medical experts have described Hollie as a competent and entirely honest witness.

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Recently a policeman personally told the UK Column that police had themselves experienced their own paedopile investigations suddenly being dropped by senior police officers. He added “If you want to really get to the paedophiles you should look at Westminster”. The implications of this statement are frightening – a paedophile ring amongst our political leaders – the political elite which has control of education and Social Services? The general public needs to open its eyes and confront this evil – and fast.


The fact is we are not civilised. We do not live in a Civil Society. Not when Paedophile rings rule every level of society.

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Pulp Fiction

January 16th, 2010 No comments

From the final scene of Pulp Fiction.

Jules:

There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.” I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, it meant your ass. I never really questioned what it meant. I thought it was just a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before you popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. Now I’m thinkin’: it could mean you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. .45 here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.

We are all surrounded by unwholesome influences including the tyranny of evil men. How aware are you of those which are touching your life right now?

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Do We Create Our Own Reality With Our Thoughts?

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Do we create our own reality with our thoughts? … Yes … and no …

When we habitually think in circles those circles become entrenched patterns embedded in our neurology and brain chemistry. In this way they become reinforced and self fulfilling prophecies. Often we are unaware of this happening. Even a momentary impulse to get ice cream creates our reality, however, for that impulse may lead to reality involving us eating ice cream. In this way we do create our own reality. Ice cream is a trivial example of course – this is equally true not only for deserts, but main courses, marriages, job decisions and the whole glamut of “choices” we make.

However, we are also on a big rock flying round the sun very fast and the whole solar system is flying round the galaxy even faster .. and I know that no subconscious process of mine can make that shit happen … so in this sense there is no way “I” am creating reality with my thoughts. (note “I” is a thought just as much as any linguistic object).

We also have to bear in mind that other people are creating reality too. If a car drives into you when you are standing on a street corner it is unlikely you made it happen. More often it was that last beer the driver had that created that reality.

Although if you were on the way to buy ice cream then you played a part too of course 😉

The way to creating a healthy reality was taught by the Buddha some 2,500 years ago and by Christ and many others since. There are people today teaching these noble truths and the path to their attainment. It’s a D.I.Y thing – you can’t read your way to peace. Yet you can get there quite easily if you cross the bridge.

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