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Friday, 10 July 2020

Shock Amazement : Fear of non-existence

"The discovery of shi-nè confronts fear of non-existence as being both the driving force of duality – and the sparkling through of non-duality. So—in one sense—it is quite justifiable to mistrust the nature of personal identity. That mistrust however, is usually aimed in the wrong direction. The open dimension of being is mistrusted rather than the conceptual criteria by which existence is habitually validated" 

p31, Shock Amazement : The four naljors and four ting-ngé’dzin from the Dzogchen series of the nature of Mind. Khandro Déchen and Ngakpa Chögyam, Aro Books Worldwide, 2018, ISBN 978-1-898185-45-1



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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Illusory Advice: Expectation and disappointment

"Silent sitting gradually allows you to let go of living your life through expectation and disappointment. While expectation exists, you continually wish your life to pan out in a particular form and become frustrated and unhappy when life has its own ideas and circumstances create a different form. Meditation enables these patterns of projection and wilful obduracy to reveal themselves – your patterning becomes transparent. Then you can let go of this patterning and learn to be comfortable in the present moment. Once you are able to live in the moment, the form of your life in that moment becomes available to you simply as the experience of as it is. As it is will always be perfect because it is as it is"

p212-213, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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Sunday, 28 June 2020

Illusory Advice: Cup of tea?

"Symbols exist in ordinary life. There are symbolic rituals around visitors for example. Your host may say: ‘Welcome. Would you like a cup of tea?’ They are not necessarily enquiring as to whether their guest is thirsty. It is a symbolic ritual of smoothing the movement into form of the new situation of a visitor arriving. It enables the host and the guest to become comfortable with one another. "

p200-201, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6






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Monday, 22 June 2020

Illusory Advice: When is a dog…?

"Unenlightenment is a bit like thinking you are a dog and trying to be a human being, when in fact you already are human. Others can see that you are human—it is obvious to them—and cannot understand how you think you are a dog. You need to let go of dog-ness and discover that you are human. The effort—to continue the analogy—is to not dwell or wallow in dog-ness, but believe in the possibility of being human. Practise being human by trying to walk on two legs and visualising not being furry. This is a method until you actually discover that you are human. In that instant there can be no method, only realisation."

p196, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6




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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Illusory Advice: Shi-nè, every day

"All practitioners engage in formal practice – it is too easy to kid yourself that you are practising when in fact you are indulging neurosis. We would strongly recommend daily shi-nè practice as a minimum. You will find that other practices such as yogic song, mantra accumulation, and sKu-mNyé will support the practice of shi-nè. "

p190, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6






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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Illusory Advice: Reference points

"Every time you notice that you are using something as a reference point, this is a spontaneous moment of awareness and something to celebrate. You can laugh at how silly you have been, for example, in getting all worked up about the fact that someone dismissed you as stupid. This might be because you like science fiction, or period drama, or soap operas, or whatever … . Tantra is intrinsically optimistic, because it recognises the energy of neurosis as no different to the energy of realisation. "

p184, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6






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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Illusory Advice: The openness of doubt

"Doubts about a situation keep it fluid and available for examination – they leave things open. Openness—in terms of being uncertain of an outcome—is an experience of emptiness. Once you have decided definitely on one side or the other about a situation, then there is no longer openness and the possibility of working with the outcome. Once you have established a concrete view of how the situation should be, there is only the possibility of matters supporting or conflicting with that view. You will encourage and like the things that support it, and hit against the things that oppose it."

p183, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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Friday, 29 May 2020

Illusory Advice: Purpose

"There is no purpose to life—in the sense of an ultimate purpose—there is only purpose in the moment. To give a simple example: there is a purpose in brushing your teeth because it will make your mouth feel nicer and help prevent gum disease so that your teeth don’t fall out. Your life will be more comfortable with a mouth full of teeth in healthy gums. However eventually your gums will rot and your teeth fall out—if not while you are alive, then certainly after you are dead—so there is no ultimate purpose in brushing your teeth. Being aware of the transient, in-the-moment purpose of brushing teeth, you do so conscientiously, beautifully, with presence of mind – brushing teeth becomes an art form. It has its own purpose. "

p172-173, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Illusory Advice: Secondary causes

"External factors spark patterns of perception you do not know you have. Life is a little like walking through a minefield – you never know when you may step on something—a circumstance of your life—that will explode a programmed pattern of perception. If the cause is not encountered the reaction will not occur. One of the principles of the monastic path is to regulate the secondary causes—in terms of life circumstances—as much as possible to avoid triggering unhelpful reactions that deepen patterning. The tantric path however says: ‘Bring it all on!’ so that you have the opportunity to transform distorted perception and response into enlightened perception and response. "

p168-169, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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