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Friday, 24 January 2020

Illusory Advice: Change

"The main changes that occur to practitioners are internal. As your understanding and depth of practice increases, your view will change, and your interactions with people and the way you are in the world will reflect that change. "

p41, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6








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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Illusory Advice: Scary Teacher

"The relationship with the teacher needs to be challenging if you wish to change, but there are other aspects of the relationship. The teacher may also reflect to the student how wonderful they are – to help undermine patterns of self-deprecation. Humour and shared pleasurable experiences are all part of the teacher-student interaction. The teacher enjoys the patterns of their student’s neuroses because they love the realised qualities of the student that those neuroses indicate."

p39, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6


 



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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Illusory Advice: Opinions

"Most people have times when they are opinionated and self-important, and recognising this is half way to letting such things go. In ordinary society it seems to be generally regarded that having opinions is a sign of maturity. We would regard the openness to admit ‘not knowing’ and a willingness to be challenged as greater signs of maturity. Once you realise that opinions are empty then self-importance becomes irrelevant."

p38, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6


 



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Monday, 6 January 2020

Illusory Advice: Ignoring or accepting?

"The Dzogchen approach is indeed to accept, with cheer and goodwill, that whatever way things are happening, that is the way they are happening. You wish for things to be exactly as they are. This is not passive or submissive, but a powerful affirmation of appreciation and the determination to discover nonduality through whatever arises in one’s life."

p32, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



 



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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Illusory Advice: Religion

"Buddhism is a religion of method, and that is why it appears to manifest as a philosophy or ‘a way of life.’ The way of living one’s life is the practice of the religion. There are practices that are overtly religious—such as ritual practice—but a lot of Buddhist practice has to do with view – it is the transformation of view that manifests as change in behaviour and attitude. This is more subtle and all-life-encompassing than ritual practice."

p32, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Illusory Advice: Authenticity

"Ngak’chang Rinpoche encourages practitioners to wear Western boots and hats as part of the manifestation of the gö kar chang lo. The first time that one apprentice visited Nepal, they were struck by all the Tibetans wearing Western hats. When they commented on this to Ngak’chang Rinpoche he replied: “Well did you think I made it up?”

p31, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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Friday, 20 December 2019

Oxford University Press and the Making of a Book (1925)

This is a fascinating silent film from the Oxford University press showing how books were made in 1925.

The basic printed book hasn't changed a great deal over the last century, but the methods have.

The makers of this film would probably not have conceived of the possibility of ordering a single copy of a book to be delivered to your home.

The changes in technology over the past 100 years have been quite remarkable






Thursday, 19 December 2019

Illusory Advice: Evangelising

"The Bodhisattva vow isn’t about converting beings – that would be an extreme interpretation. Liberation is the intention, and beating people over the head with Buddhism is liable to be counter-productive Samsara does not equate to ‘non-Buddhism.’ In our opinion it would be better to be a happy and kind Christian than a miserable and mean Buddhist."

p27/29, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6







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Friday, 13 December 2019

Illusory Advice: Rebirth

"Rebirth, from one life to the next, cannot be proven through your current experience. You can however, look at rebirth as the moment-by-moment experience of your life: you die and are reborn in each moment. For each new moment to arise, the previous moment has to die. ‘You’ die in each moment, and ‘you’ are reborn into each moment. ‘You’ are never quite the same from one moment to another, and as such, a new person arises into each moment. It is excellent to question these things and ponder on them, and the only source of certainty and confidence is your practice."
 
p26, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, 978-1-898185-37-6



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