02 December 2021

Once you realise that opinions are empty then self-importance becomes irrelevant. - Illusory Advice

 

Apprentice: I am very sorry that I am sometimes rather opinionated and self-important.
Teachers: 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.

page 38, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6



 

18 November 2021

Our patterning becomes transparent - Spacious Passion

 

Once we are able to dwell in the experience of emptiness between moments of movement in the mind, and even expand the scope of that emptiness, our patterning becomes transparent. It is revealed and laid bare. We can experience the naked empty nature of our perception, and joyfully play with the movement of intention and response. We can begin to recognise the processes we enter into at the moment of perception that result in response. We can see how we judge everything, categorise everything and separate ourselves from the direct, naked experience of perception. We can recognise that we continually filter perception through expectation and previous experience, and are at the mercy of the three root misconceptions of attraction, aversion, and indifference. These three distracted tendencies are the grinding of the wheel of samsara.


Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor´dzin, Aro Books worldwide,  2006, ISBN 978-0-9653948-4-0, chapter 6 Quelling the Storm, page 146


 

04 November 2021

‘spiritual friendship with teeth’ - Illusory Advice

 

The system of apprenticeship is one where new apprentices enter ‘spiritual friendship’ with their chosen teacher, and it is up to the student to decide at what pace they wish to proceed. There is the expectation that sufficient interaction will happen between the teacher and student to enable the apprentice to decide whether they feel at home with this mode of practice. This requires sufficient interaction and exposure to the teacher, which can be challenging, because the student cannot hide out. This is why Ngakma Nor’dzin once described apprenticeship as ‘spiritual friendship with teeth.’


page 36, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6

 


21 October 2021

Through letting go of cloud mind, we discover Sky Mind.

 

There are many methods of spacious meditation in the different schools and traditions of Buddhism. These methods teach us to cease giving attention to the constant chatter in our minds – cloud mind. Through letting go of cloud mind, we discover Sky Mind. We sit and allow the movement in mind to settle. When a thought arises, we let go of the content and allow the energy to dissipate. When a memory arises, we let go of the content and allow the movement to dissolve. When sensation arises, we do not judge it as good or bad, attractive or unattractive, we let it subside and disappear. When we learn to be comfortable in the space of Sky Mind, we find that we have discovered one of the most potent methods of transforming dualistic perception and response into enlightened perception and response.

Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor‘dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9653948-4-0, chapter 6, Quelling the storm, pp143-144


 

13 October 2021

The Five Skandhas - Monday Meditations

 

Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin and Ngakma Nor’dzin talk on the subject of the Five Skandhas.

This talk was part of the ‘Monday Meditations’ session at Aro Ling Cardiff, 11th October 2021.

Monday Meditations: 7 - 8:30 pm (UK time) on Zoom every Monday evening. Zoom meeting ID: 85249620913; Passcode: 640389.

Do join us for silent sitting and yogic song, with a short teaching in the middle.

Everyone is welcome.

Invitation Link

07 October 2021

The quality of one’s relationship with the teacher is the barometer of one’s spiritual health - Illusory Advice

 

To say that the teacher-student relationship is central to Vajrayana Buddhism would be a gross understatement. In Vajrayana, the teacher is the practice. Methods are received from the teacher and practised under their supervision. They then validate our evolving experience. With sufficient experience of the teacher-student relationship the teacher’s view begins to pervade every aspect of our lives; and so there is no sense in which the teacher’s importance diminishes as one progresses along the path – quite the contrary. In many ways, the quality of one’s relationship with the teacher is the barometer of one’s spiritual health.

page 35, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6


 

06 October 2021

The Four Immesurables - Monday Meditations

 

Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin talk on the subject of The Four Immeasurables: loving kindness, comapssion, empathetic joy and equanimity.

This talk was part of the ‘Monday Meditations’ session at Aro Ling Cardiff, 4th October 2021.

Monday Meditations: 7 - 8:30 pm (UK time) on Zoom every Monday evening. Zoom meeting ID: 85249620913; Passcode: 640389.

Do join us for silent sitting and yogic song, with a short teaching in the middle.

Everyone is welcome.

Invitation Link