What Does The Term Tantra Mean & How Can We Begin To Understand It?

Tantra is much talked about in Tibetan Buddhism but is notoriously difficult to define.  Lots of things are said about it but when you look at what is called tantra in practice – well it doesn’t conform to what is said about it. No wonder people are confused! The term is in danger of being rendered meaningless.  Many of the ways it is defined do not define it at all… Continue reading What Does The Term Tantra Mean & How Can We Begin To Understand It?

What does the term Formless Meditation mean & where did it come from?

Formless Meditation seems to mean anything from basic Shamata to deepest levels of vipashyana, Mahamudra and/or Dzogchen. Formless Meditation is a term coined by Trungpa Rinpoche which is clearly meant to include far more than simply a Shamata practice without a particular focus or object. Continue reading What does the term Formless Meditation mean & where did it come from?

How do you practise Love & Compassion when you’re dealing with fear?

As long as we haven’t realised our True Nature we will always be subject to fear and suffering.  Whether we are having an easy time at the moment or a hard time – the situation can change suddenly for any of us at any time. That doesn’t stop us accessing the love and compassion of our Buddha Nature. It just means that we don’t necessarily have nice relaxed cosy feelings associated with that Continue reading How do you practise Love & Compassion when you’re dealing with fear?

What if our prayers and practice feel contrived and liturgy and imagery doesn’t move us?

I have reflected for decades on how the worlds we find ourselves in are the inseparable result of my actions of body speech and mind.  What I wish for is what will eventually manifest – so directing my intentions as powerfully as possible makes complete sense to me. Continue reading What if our prayers and practice feel contrived and liturgy and imagery doesn’t move us?

Is our need for love driven by an unconscious recognition that we are not separate?

When NHS workers and others risk their lives on a daily basis in order to help others – somehow this gives their life meaning – working alongside others doing the same thing gives their life even more meaning – life is about the joy at the interface between ourselves and others; distinct yet not separate. Continue reading Is our need for love driven by an unconscious recognition that we are not separate?

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Experiencing Fear & Feeling Disheartened

We must cultivate the right kind of confidence in what is real and reliable about ourselves and the world. Otherwise there is always this haunting fear or sense of threat. However disheartened you feel – it is not your Buddha Nature itself that is disheartened. Buddha Nature is always the same. All you need to do is to remember it and trust it and just keep going. Continue reading Experiencing Fear & Feeling Disheartened