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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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The Real Revolution.

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

There is much upset in the world. No one trusts anyone else. This is true individually and collectively. Mossad spy on the CIA, the CIA spy on Mossad, both Spy on MI6 and MI6 on them. And we’re all supposed to be friends. The basic problems are that people can lie and people can be selfish.

People are not born to be selfish. This is a cultural artefact of our societies. Other societies are less selfish, more caring and in the past whole cultures were this way.

“Conspiracy theorist” is such a misnomer. The whole history of human politicking is conspiracy.It’s not theory – that is just fact. One side playing off two others or more, each faction hiding it’s hand, secret collaborations between supposed enemies. The history books are full of it.

Now we live in a highly fragmented world. The things we have in common are often suspicion of the other, fear of the other and an unwillingness to be open.

Things have to change. There has too long been an elite that rules and the rest who are ruled. And this is killing our planet, for those who rule can not make decisions that are in the best interests of all – as some of them truly believe they must, and often do not do so as they wish to maintain their class status as rulers.

The real revolution will not come from shouting on sandboxes, joining in rallies or “fighting for freedom and justice”. The real revolution will come from millions of people waking up to reality: to the fact that the elites are merely in place because we believe the lies and shroud of secrecy they pull around themselves as a cloak. Yet this realisation alone is not enough.

The heart of the real revolution lays in many individuals taking a hold of their own lives, looking deeply inside and dealing with the anger in their hearts and hatred. The real revolution is about peace. Inner peace developed through self knowledge leads to wisdom and it leads to manifesting peace around you in your immediate environment.

“We have to fight the elites”, some would say, to remove their power. We don’t have to do this. We have to be aware of  our own perceptual filters and limitations and go beyond them. We have to see they are only in the position they are in because the great mass of humanity has been trained to be stupid and accept the status quo.

Individually, and collectively, as millions wake up and choose not to accept the status quo but quietly go about their business being beacons of inner peace and manifesting that as outer peace and wisdom, then life on this planet will change. Then social conditions will improve.

But you can not fight for your rights, your rights are yours – they come from natures law, not man’s laws. The only thing standing between them and their realisation is a lack of inner peace and wisdom in enough people. For any other solution to this problem leads to division and fighting. Divide and rule is one of the keystones of the way things are. The revolutionary transition to a peaceful world can not come from a game of “them and us” – that is the game the elites like to play.

We have to put down the bat and walk away, and do something useful and wise with our precious time on this earth.

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British Bank Bailout: Why It Will Fail, Offshore Havens, Rich Stealing Everything – How To Solve The Credit Crunch, And Why You Must Wake Up.

February 26th, 2009 No comments

The bank bail outs will fail for a simple reason. Their intention is to get lending flowing again. Unfortunately markets have inherent innefficiencies and one of them is the corporation. The corporation is selfish. The bail out money being used by stronger banks is being used to consolidate and expand portfolio’s whilst offloading toxic assets to the government – and ultimately you. Meanwhile neither you nor your employer are finding easier access to money. Why? Because you are a bad credit risk. The bank has been saved but you are still stuffed.

The efficient route to solve this issue would have involved two steps:

STEP 1) For the last twenty five years huge sums of wealth have moved beyond any scrutiny. The wealth of the wealthy is underestimated and the discrepancy with the poor understated. Tax havens such as Panama – where it is illegal to ask who owns a company – are used by the British Crown and all other super wealthy people and organisations. This tax avoidance has resulted in a redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor and from the government to the corporation. This is the only reason the differential has worsened constantly and considerably and why governments are bust.

This redistribution has to be reversed. All offshore havens should be subjected to international law to reveal the ultimate owners of all assets immediately. After collating the account data, identified persons with an excess of $10 million liquid assets or greater should be subjected to a progressive taxation of liquid assets starting at 50% and rising to 99% at $100 million. This would raise a one off tax levy in the trillions of dollars. Anyone caught avoiding or aiding persons in avoiding the incorporation of their assets and income into the tax base in any way must get a mandatory 10 year gaol sentence with no luxury.

STEP 2) Redistributing this revenue by writing down all debt on a progressive basis of individuals and businesses would achieve:

a) Allowing people to stay in their homes, feel secure and participate in the economy.

b) Revalue the toxic securities immediately – even the most toxic would be almost fully paid down by the debt write off payments and restored to 100% value.

c) Restore banking confidence, support underlying asset markets including bonds, stocks and commodities.

d) Facilitate banks to lend to business in moderation.

e) Keep small, medium and large businesses in operation whilst allowing a slow re-structuring of innefficient business over time.

f) Not leave the government – and ultimately you – with huge debts.

g) Not increase the money supply leading to inflationary pressures and bubble effects.

This will not happen because the actual plan of the people making the decisions leading to government action is to enrich the banks, collapse the middle classes, tread down the poor and consolidate global power over energy, communications, food and information – through the consolidated banks.

Such an integration of industry and government is called national socialism, or fascism. It is a dangerous beast. Especially when the public government is merely a puppet of the real government, which is the case unless you live in one of a very few places on Earth.

The way out is to take sovereignty over your life. Learn to meditate, centre yourself, then take right action. Reduce spending, pay debts, then whilst stocks remain on shelves buy those things you can grow, eat, barter or use to survive and defend yourslef if the system is deliberately collapsed in order to fully wrench all semblance of freedom from your life.

Liberty will prevail and tyrrany will fall because they are few and we are multitude. Wake up.

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How To Die Right With Alan Watts.

December 19th, 2008 No comments

“is death sickness or is it a perfectly natural healthy event like birth? Of course it is.”

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