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Lyse Lauren

Lyse Lauren

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Having attended Australian International Conservatorium of Music, Lyse is a student of three outstanding masters of recent times: Dilgo Khyentse, Tulku Urgyen and Chatral Rinpoches. She facilitates groups and individuals in meditation retreats, while writing books as well as articles for Ever Here Now website. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author.

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DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 3 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED EMOTIONALLY
DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 3 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED EMOTIONALLY
Cyber technologies and social media have enormous potential for reaching out in a way that previously was never possible, but there is also a shadow side. They give us a degree of on-line anonymity that makes it easy to enter into relationships in which our normal responses and responsibilities can be evaded. What might this mean to the younger generation who are being brought up within this kind of environment?
DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 2 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED PHYSICALLY
DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 2 – HOW WE ARE AFFECTED PHYSICALLY
While we appear to be more easily contactable more and more people are actually alone with their devices than not. Take the ever increasing instances of when family or friends are sitting together in a restaurant, or at home, ostensibly to share a meal together and yet all the while busily tapping out messages or fiddling with something on their smartphones and quite oblivious of one another.
A LIFE WELL LIVED
A LIFE WELL LIVED
Chadral Rinpoche encouraged us to recognize our ‘true nature,’ because absolutely nothing else will be of any use to us in the long run. This and this alone is the chief and crucial point. In recognizing and practicing, one brings into balance all other factors in one’s life.
DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 1
DIGITAL DILEMMAS PART 1
There can be no doubt that our digital age has extraordinary and beneficial advantages but nothing in the material world comes to us without a price. What is the price of digital technology? Can we offset the dangers by being more aware or are we all inextricably caught up in this seemingly unstoppable electronic tide?
WHEN THE LONE OWL CALLS
WHEN THE LONE OWL CALLS
I lived less than a hundred meters away from an old village cremation ground and witnessed the unceasing flow of processions, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly. The solemn groups of family, friends and community members who carried the deceased on their final journey to fires of dissolution all passed by my small abode.
THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY
THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY
No one was more observant, aware and dynamically present than the Maharshi. He missed nothing. From the tremendous power of his inner stillness and outer simplicity, he was far more present and vitally alive than most could ever imagine.
BLUE TO REMIND US
BLUE TO REMIND US
In the midst of a happy life are we likely to stop and ask ourselves; what is this all about?’ But when sorrows blight our existence nothing is more natural than that we should step back and question our existence. We need not shun our mind or our emotions, because, in time, they can become our greatest motivators and our staunchest allies.
AM I DREAMING YOU?
AM I DREAMING YOU?
Life is indeed dreamlike. So dreamlike that we often cruise through our days barely aware of what is really going on. Then suddenly someone we knew, someone we loved or hated or acknowledged at least, as existing, even if only on the fringes of our world is gone. They are no more; phoof!
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
I had heard the day before that Tulku Urgyen, a great Dzogchen master, would be offering a special long life empowerment to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a contemporary and also a great Dzogchen practitioner, who had not been well for some time.
SOONER OR LATER WE WILL FACE THE MYSTERY
SOONER OR LATER WE WILL FACE THE MYSTERY
Giving our attention to this huge unknown, which we call death can help us to open another door into the even greater mysterious cavern of, what we call, our life. Which in turn, can point us at last, towards the greatest of all mysteries; that of our awareness.
A DISCONNECTED LIFE
A DISCONNECTED LIFE
We are not only fed a multitude of reasons as to why we need to be fearful but because we believe that what we think we know and what we perceive with our senses is true and real we become entangled. The whole spiral of delusory perceptions spins around relentlessly due to the momentum of these inherently faulty beliefs.
PAUSE, BREATHE AND OPEN YOUR HEART
PAUSE, BREATHE AND OPEN YOUR HEART
We get so caught up in the little dramas going on in our lives and in our minds; that we take them to be true and real. But if we stop for a moment and look up into the sky, be it day or night and let that vision touch us in that secret, silent place beyond thoughts and words, something can happen.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR
We have the power to turn our mind to whatever we choose, whenever we choose. This kind of freedom is something that we normally take completely for granted and yet so very much depends upon it and upon the knowing of it.
THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR
THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR
When I was growing up in New Zealand there was a motorcycle advertisement that used to be played a lot on the radio. It was before the days of compulsory helmets for motorbikes and bicycles. I can still remember the tune so clearly and the feeling which it used to evoke.
THE ALCHEMY OF GREAT COMPASSION
THE ALCHEMY OF GREAT COMPASSION
A personal account centered around the remarkable Buddhist master Fish Guru, as he is known around Kolkata, who bought millions of live fish to release into the sacred Indian river Ganges.
DANCING WITH FEAR
DANCING WITH FEAR
Zombiism is a word that encapsulates the rise of a modern trend; the age of the living dead. When having too much of everything has simply overwhelmed the senses and left an awful lot of people in a semi-conscious state.
ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT CAN NOT BE CHANGED
ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT CAN NOT BE CHANGED
Large tears began to roll down his cheeks as he looked at me steadily. It was the more heart-wrenching because he did not try to play up his situation in any way. He was simply acknowledging what his life had become.
THE MORE WE LEARN THE LESS WE KNOW
THE MORE WE LEARN THE LESS WE KNOW
We are endlessly distracted and preoccupied with things which are not intrinsically important to our inner well being. In fact our educational system is founded upon the very principles that remove us from the sacred inner knowledge which lies at the very heart of our existence.
ARE YOU BORED OR DISTRACTED
ARE YOU BORED OR DISTRACTED
It is amazing just how much of our lives is held to ransom by passing emotional infatuations. Life slips by, unnoticed, because we are so continuously mentally and emotionally busy with the things that appear to be happening to us and around us; to say nothing of our private mental preoccupations.
THE PRECIOUS PRESENT
THE PRECIOUS PRESENT
The Tibetans have a saying; You will have to stand for a very long time with your mouth wide open before a roasted partridge will fly into it. It is a rather droll way of expressing high levels of improbability.

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