In neither being distracted from, nor suppressing, nor considering, nor attributing (judging/categorising) but simply experiencing, simply receiving the flavour, the delicate aroma of the Camomile Tea, I am surrounded by it. It infuses me and fills me. With no self to reference, to wonder how I appear to others, no thought of whether this is […]
Category Archives: Nibbana
Seeking the truth, liberation, freedom, no-self.
Once upon a time there was a character called Sarah. As part of her journey to find truth she signed up to the Liberation Unleashed (LU) forum which helps guide seekers towards and through the ‘Gateless Gate’ i.e. to awakening. She took 16 pages to Gate. That’s 3 ½ months of looking on a daily […]
In classical Buddhist cosmology there are six realms into which we can be reborn. We all know the human realm but below it there are also the animal, hungry ghost and hell realms, and the realms of the fighting spirits (asuras) and gods or devas above. Most notably these are depicted in the beautiful wheel […]
Preamble: Rather than qualify every individual statement in this post, let me say that nothing written here should be taken as an assertion. These are just invitations to look and consider and if they are helpful please feel free to make use of them; if not then equally, feel free to set them aside. One […]
154. O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole shattered. My mind has reached the Unconditioned; I have attained the destruction of craving. This is one of my favourite Dhammapada verses and over the last few years I’ve reflected on it many times. […]
Following on from the previous post, this is about looking at sense desire, ill will, desire for physical being and desire for non-physical being, the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th fetters. It might seem that freedom from the first three, from belief in a separate self, getting past where sceptical doubt can hold us back […]
Following on from the previous post, the first of the ten fetters is sakkayadhitti or self-view. In some ways this is considered by many to be the big one. It’s certainly at the root of a lot of spititual teachings. To ‘break’ this fetter is to see that there is no separate self, enabling the […]
We live in a world where we’re often persuaded that to be of any value something has to be new. If it’s not this year’s model, innovative or the latest thing then we’re missing out. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when it comes to spiritual development or awakening, Buddhism can be seen by some […]
One thing each of us can relate to in life is its constantly changing nature. Whether this is a comfort or a source of fear we all have to live with this reality; the wheel turns, life moves on and all changes. Occasionally we’re reminded that within this ever changing landscape, this path we tread […]
Looking for more; more than there is simply here now in this moment; more than just this, this is not the way. Letting it be as it is; letting that which arises simply arise; no position; moving to no reaction. Taking no meaning; desiring none. This is the way. To seek for that which is […]
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