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  1. You experience difficulties. You react. You become your worst critic. You hate yourself. You feel you are a failure. You see through this conditioned, habitual and self-punishing view. You are friends with yourself. You have transcended this old pattern of prosecutor, jury and judge on your inner life. This is Transcendence.
  2. Your inner life is no longer a prison. You are free. This is Transcendence.
  3. You reflect on a difficult situation. You see how you inflamed it through memory, feelings, thoughts, projections and the manufacturing of a story. You see the Emptiness of it. This is Transcendence.
  4. You find yourself receptive to the Deep. You realise insights, fresh ways of seeing, inner outflows of creativity and fresh visions that you apply. You have transcended the mundane and the ordinary.
  5. You understand a situation that remained problematic, unresolved and troubling. This understanding means the situation stand- under you. This is Transcendence.
  6. There is the capacity to sustain love, friendship and empathy regardless of the behaviour of another or others. Supported with wisdom and stability, this love transcends reactivity and blame.
  7. There is realisation of a profound sense of freedom, of liberation. Such liberation has no colour, shape or taste to it. This freedom is not bound to an experience, a state of mind or series of thoughts. There is no formation to this liberation. Having no formation, this liberation has no beginning, middle or death to it. This is Transcendence.
  8. You meditate on a plant or a painting or piece of music. You realise the plant, painting or music has no essence to. It. It is made up of a composite of multiple conditions. You see the object reveals everything else. There is Transcendence while meditating on the object.
  9. You realise that ‘you’ is not ‘you.’ ‘I’ is not ‘I.’ ‘My’ is not ‘my.’ There is the realisation that these concepts are simply figures of speech. There is no essence to the self as the subject or self as the object. This is Transcendence.
  10. There is realisation of the Infinite, the Limitless and the Eternal. This realisation puts your entire modest, finite life into a perspective. This realisation is Transcendence.
  11. There is the knowing of the ending of karma – old, unhelpful activities and movements from the past impacting on the present. This is Transcendence.
  12. There is realisation of the Ultimate (different languages, such as Nirvana, God, Truth or Awakening). This is Transcendence. Silence and stillness are among the open doorways.

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A person falls down a well into the water. It is cold and dark down there. The person has enough motivation to climb up the stepladder to get out of the well. One or two people at the top of the well give some support as the person slowly climbs out of the well into the daylight. Continue reading 

Three Burmese Meditation Monasteries. Reviews from a Practitioner

Tanja from Germany spent months practising meditation in Myanmar (Burma).

I asked her to send me a summary of the three places. Continue reading 

Dharma Yatra (Pilgrimage) photos in France for 10 days in late July, 2017

Here are the links to around 450 photos of Dharma Yatra (pilgrimage) in late July 2017.
Around 150 adults and children participating in the annual Yatra started in 2001.

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The authoritarian personality makes life very difficult for people, especially those he or she has power and influence over.

Authoritarians share a similar psychological posture, which is difficult to address.

The unexamined inner lives of an authoritarian parent/teacher/boss/political master and others oppress sons/daughters/students/employees and citizens. Continue reading