You are Goodness

This way of seeing the world is the essence of Buddhism.

Your Lands, Stories and Songs

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Materials, possessions, appropriations, membership,

rivals, ambition, boundaries, nationalisms, differences………….

These are ulterior motives, ulterior agendas.

They are the bywords of life in the world of form

which are repeated internally, consciously or

allowed to drone away in the unconscious.

They are built into our conditioning and

education but they are a fabrication,

a conspiratorial dream we are forced to

participate in if we want to find human success

and respect and approval from our social witnesses.

Bodhisattva
700 years ago a small group of Christian mystics

moved around Europe defying the dominant

Church of Rome and living out the opposites

of these bywords in their lives.

They had no church, no fabric to ostentatiously

display their faith or liturgies with.

Instead, they found secluded meeting places

in mountain passes and forests to listen to

those where were ready to receive their final blessings.

They had no possessions,

needing little to live…

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..and after Nirvana?

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Once the beautiful mandala, painstakingly created following precise ancient formulae with the utter devotion of the creators, is carefully dispersed to the elements, what happens next?  The gorgeous colour and structure, visually irresistible, are destroyed, are given back to the universe, but where does that leave you who have allowed yourself to become attached, smitten by what humans can do?

What if this act, strange in human terms, is a test or a cheap trick? What if it was all a beautiful dream? Such mysteries and evocative rituals are all very well, all entertaining and hope-giving, but our principal mission in life is truly no mystery. Beyond all these intricate distractions caught up in the name of religion or pursuing faith, reality waits for us right under our noses.

 

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Through spiritual training, it is possible to move beyond all appearances.  We are surrounded by buddhas and gods in every moment of our human lives.  They may not match up to our deluded images of what gods and buddhas should look like, but in each core of each human being there is True Nature, our divine essence impregnated with the details of our exact mission as human beings.

True Nature is invisible, but it has an unmistakable fragrance of eternity which can suffuse our human existence in every seemingly prosaic ‘now ‘and ‘here.’

 

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Linden Thorp is principally a human being though has lived through many other emanations in order to wake up to her humanity!