the excluded middle way

Don’t EMBARRASS the Buddha!!!

“If you’re still depressed you’re not ready for Tantra!!!”

– Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

This is so over the top… it’s so hard to watch… it’s like he’s self-generating as Cartman and ripping us to shreds.

I LOVE it.


Filed under: buddha, dharma, Humour, inspiration, meditation, practice, Skepticism, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, Video, , , , , , ,

Huang po speaks of BigMind

Huang po:

“Only awake to the One Mind and there is nothing whatever to be attained. This pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But the people of the world do not awake to it, regarding only that which sees, hears, feels and knows as mind…. If they would only eliminate all conceptual thought in a flash, that source-substance would manifest itself like a sun…”


“The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measure, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you – begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek for the Buddha and using mind to grasp Mind. Even though they do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain it. They do not know that, if they put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their anxiety, the Buddha will appear before them, for this Mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all living beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifest in the Buddhas.”

Filed under: emptiness, form, inspiration, meditation, Mind, non conceptual mind, practice, Understanding the Mind, very subtle mind

“Meditation is an art”

Question: How do we get inspired to practice meditation?

Sogyal Rinpoche:

I have said that meditation is the road to enlightenment and the greatest endeavor of this life. Whenever I talk about meditation to my students, I always stress the necessity to practice it with resolute discipline and one-pointed devotion; at the same time, I always tell them how important it is to do it in as inspired and as richly creative a way as possible. In one sense meditation is an art, and you should bring to it an artist’s delight and fertility of invention.

Tibetan book of living and dying

Taken without 
Sogyal Rinpoche's
Tibetan Book 
of Living and Dying

Filed under: inspiration, Lama, meditation, Mind, practice

Being joyfully sacred

Question: How can I make meditation more enjoyable?

Sogyal Rinpoche:

Become as resourceful in inspiring yourself to enter your own peace as you are at being neurotic and competitive in the world. There are so many ways of making the approach to meditation as joyful as possible. You can find the music that most exalts you and use it to open your heart and mind. You can collect pieces of poetry, or quotations or lines of teachings that over the years have moved you, and keep them always at hand to elevate your spirit. Listen to a cassette tape of a teaching by a great master, or a sacred chant. You can make of the place where you meditate a simple paradise, with one flower, one stick of incense, one candle, one photograph of an enlightened master,or one statue of a deity or a buddha. You can transform the most ordinary of rooms in to an intimate sacred space, into an environment where every day you come to the meeting with your true self with all the joy and happy ceremony of one old friend greeting another.

Tibetan book of living and dying

Taken without permission from Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Filed under: inspiration, meditation, practice

Bill Moyers with philosopher Daniel Dennett

Moyers: Is there a ‘ground of all being’
Dennett: Sure! I’d like to be able to thank someone for the universe we live in but the best I can do is study it, learn about it, with awe. Anselm described God as that being than which no greater can be conceived. If that is your definition of God then I DO believe in God. The universe is greater than we can conceive and it’s far greater than anything I can fully comprehend.

So who is right? Dennet or Anselm?

If, in meditation we can come to a place of rest and identify our true self, or identify with everything that is arrising with no subject or object distinctions, then aren’t we too experiencing Anselm’s God?

Can we explain it using blogs and words and gestures? No.

So who is right?

BOTH Dennet AND Anselm!

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Filed under: Atheism, Dennett, God, meditation, our precious human life, Skepticism, Video

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