DharmaorDramaLife’s a drama ey? Back in the ‘olden’ days, before the era of social media and smart phones there were far less ways to torture ourselves; and I don’t mean in the physical sense. Now, with the help of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter our communications online are free to be misinterpreted by any number of people, a form of ‘open source mis-communication’ if you will.

Within our amazingly advanced digital existence we’ve created a breeding ground for paranoia and mental torment. We read into emails, ponder over the meaning in a text message and through our Facebook eyes we scrutinize the lives of others. Our existence, it seems, is a full scale and often dazzling theater production.

In an attempt to gain perspective and calm my inner self, I’m reading a book called The Rebel Buddha. Funnily enough I can’t seem to concentrate on it for more than five minutes before my phone vibrates or email dings, however I did get through the first chapter. Luckily for me and my drama-addled brain this chapter just happened to hold the golden answer, or should I say question.

Is it Drama, or is it Dharma? Dharma being the Buddhist term for ‘the state of Nature as it is’ –  real life, black and white and no fluffing around. Drama on the other hand, well, being just that: emotions, fabrications and theatrical story lines that could rival any good soap opera.

Our lives are governed by a kaleidoscope of emotions, but when I ask myself this magic question it’s as though I see situations for what they really are. Put into practice, this little piece of ‘rebel buddhism’ cuts out the mental torture, strips back the facade and clears our mind to reveal the world in crystal clarity.

Rebel Bhudda: A Guide To A Revolution Of Mind, by Dzogchen Ponlopis is available through Amazon.com for the bargain price of $10. Get free.

There’s a rebel within you. It’s the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It’s your rebel Buddha—the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It’s the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.”