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Mindfulness is not enough!

Mindfulness is not enough! The Great Forest Meditation Masters, including my own teacher Venerable Ajahn Chah; would often speak about the importance of ‘Sati – Paññā’. In fact, the essence practice of the Buddha’s Teachings for those that are serious about serious results in practice is ‘Sati – Paññā ‘. ‘Sati – Paññā’ is ‘Mindfulness and Wisdom’. Here the appreciation is that mindfulness alone is not enough! Whilst we hear and read a lot about ‘mindfulness’ the real experts have been saying and...
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Buddhist Psychology – ‘The Four Noble Truths’

Buddhist Psychology - The Four Noble Truths Buddhist Psychology is much more that a psychology of psycho-pathology of the human condition. Buddhist Psychology in its depth and breadth also offers the Practice - Principles, Perspectives and Path to complete psychological freedom - Awakening - Enlightenment! The Buddha's Teachings, the Buddha - Dhamma, is wonderfully summarised in the Four Noble Truths (about Dukkha - dissatisfaction, distress and suffering). These Truths are: The Acknowledgement -of the reality of dissatisfaction, distress and suffering in our lives. ...
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Mindfulness moves us …….

Mindfulness moves us! Mindfulness. Mindfulness moves. Mindfulness moves us! Mindfulness moves us from havoc to harmony. Mindfulness moves us from havoc to hope, from hope to healing, from healing to harmony and from harmony to happiness.   Mindfulness moves us from havoc to hope to healing to harmony to Happiness! Without Mindfulness in our life, as our life; life can not only become messy but be a mess! Mindfulness helps to create balance and harmony out of havoc. When we are mindful, all sorts of things begin to...
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Psycho Spiritual Well-Being through Winter

Psycho Spiritual Well-Being through Winter. We all seek to have health and happiness. We probably do appreciate that the most important Health and Happiness to have is beyond the physical and material, being more a matter of the mind – Psychological Health and Happiness! The underlying cause of the distressing and destroying of Real Psychological Health and Happiness is the psychological states or Greed, Anger and Ignorance (LOBHA, DOSA, MOHA). The wisdom of the Buddha points out that Greed, Anger and Ignorance as...
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Let’s get serious …..

Let’s Get Serious What are we serious about? How serious are we about Life, how serious are we about our life? My sense is that most people do not and are not taking life and their life serious enough. We do not even take the things in our life serious enough. Things like our health, both physical and mental; our relationships – intimate and otherwise; our work – be it self employed or employed by others; our potentials and life possibilities. It appears that...
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Make Meditation about Meditation ……

We need to make our meditation about meditation! Our meditation may include awareness of the body and certainly may help relax and heal the body, but it is not about the body but about the mind. And as the mind, our meditation is not about the thoughts, memories, stories and ideas about our self. Our meditation is not about the self’s wishes and wants, worries and woes. Our meditation is not about being caught in the mental content of our mind, but about...
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Questions to ask yourself …..

Reflect – Contemplate and Meditate: One of the fundamental Truths of Realty – which the Buddha 2500 years ago taught us to appreciate, is the immutable & timeless fact of ‘Impermanence’! For better or for worse – the hallmark of existence is change, transience and transition. Nowhere is this more significant than in the passage of time in our life. Again we find ourselves at the beginning of yet another month of July; new & never to occur again. Half way through our...
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Mindfulness creates Choice!

‘Coming to our senses’, both literally and metaphorically, is made possible with mindfulness. But are we naturally avoiding coming to our senses – and being in our bodies? Could it be that what our senses are possibly exposed to and experiencing is not particularly pleasant? Are we nourishing our bodily senses, our mental perceptions, our mind – heart, our self, with positive, pleasant and pleasing things?   Have we become attracted and distracted, caught and caged into a world of negative, unpleasant, strong, sharp,...
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The self as the Psychological Scribe …..

The ‘psychological self’, what we call ‘our self’ or ‘myself’; is a ‘descriptor’. As a descriptor it describes. Our psychological self seeks to find meaning or make meaning and then give decription to what is happening. Sometimes the self is both the designating descriptor and also the description as well. Here we have the idea of our self as the ‘de-scriber’! That which scribes, writes, takes note of, creates the story. Yet as we have reflected, this ‘story maker’, ‘autobiographer’, is...
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Winter Message from John: Out of Sight – Out of Mind (OSOM)

Dear Friends in Dhamma We welcome the new season of Winter. This means that another season of our precious life has passed; the Autumn of 2017 has now gone for ever for us, remaining only as a memory. Winter is a season where many things of nature are out of sight. The flowers and leaves of the trees, many animals and insects are around no longer and certainly the warmth has definitely disappeared. But all these things can still exist in our...
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