Judgement

Law gavel with reflection

Law gavel with reflection

“Judge not, that ye shall not be judged.”

So says the Bible.  For the longest time I couldn’t really work out what the problem was with judgement.  I couldn’t see what the difference was between judgement and opinion.  We’ve all got a right to hold our opinions, so I thought maybe a judgement was merely a particularly strong opinion, perhaps with some moral component attached to it.

Recently though, as a result of (I think…) my practice, the problem with judgement has really clicked into place for me.

Judgement is based, like so much else, on an illusion.  When we judge, we look at a situation or an action done by someone other than ourselves and we tell ourselves, “I wouldn’t have done that.  If I’d been in that situation I would have behaved differently.  I would have behaved better.”

The world and our minds are full of this kind of thinking.  Judgement fuels many of the decisions we take and is at the basis of many of the things we think we know about ourselves and about people and the world.  Our notions about what we think is true and untrue, what is real and unreal, what is OK and what is not OK are based to a large degree on judgement.  Continue reading

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A Big Question

SkylineRecently I’ve been typing up some audio transcripts for a very good friend of mine. They are recordings of a series of talks given by the Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche I wrote about a few blogs back. It’s great to hear what he said all over again, and it’s almost like a private audience.

For some reason, as I was typing away today, I got the Madonna song Ray of Light in my head, so I went online and listened to it.  Great song!  I think I remember that she’d had some vocal training because she was hitting some high notes.  Great song, I listened to it twice 🙂

It got me thinking about light.  What is it?  Turns out that light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, along with gamma rays, X rays, infrared and ultraviolet, etc.  The part of the spectrum that is between ultraviolet and infrared is the part our eyes can detect – visible light from the sun.  So light is the same sort of stuff as everything else, a form of energy.

I am still chanting the Gayatri mantra every day:

Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonnah pracodayat

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