Thursday, November 28, 2019

Perfection


There are more cul-de-sacs than final destinations. Is time wasted? No. These are learning opportunities! Breathe and appreciate. The desire for perfection is poisonous. Perfection becomes "perfectionism" - a disease of the soul.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Just Wait

You reach a point, a place where you can’t think or imagine or feel. What do you do? Just wait without expectations – even without hope. Just wait. That is all that’s required. That all there is for a while. A deeper sense of faith begins to dawn in the dark moments – perhaps only a faint memory or image. That is enough. That is the turning around – the place of faith and hope. After the fog of despair and fatigue dispels itself and the you that is really You shines in the early day. You are here now. You are again free. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Aware of Awareness


Become aware of awareness itself. Treat the "objects of awareness" as content within awareness - coming and going as they will. Such a practice opens up understanding of the changing qualities of awareness. These qualities act as "filters" coloring the objects of awareness. Furthermore, an "object of awareness" can be physical, mental, spiritual, or awareness itself. The separation of subject and object (observer and observed) may occasionally break down, developing into Oneness.   

Image from http://fearlessstories.com/contributor/awareness/#.T7PQUOj2biQ

Saturday, November 23, 2019

TAO TE CHING - a microlecture

Online microlecture on the Tao Te Ching for "Religion, Peace and Conflict" course at UC Berkeley, Spring 2008.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Teaching meditation is impossible

Teaching meditation is impossible. It's the "no-teaching" that opens students to meditation. The teacher sets up a situation, a space for meditation. Beyond that, the teacher can inspire and guide students into meditation with a few words and personal example. Teaching meditation is like repeatedly making invitations to a party. Students do what they do - each in a different way. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Meditation Reggae

A group of radical music sound engineers produced this version of my original audio. They superimposed music onto my words in a previous post. Reggae Meditation  it is. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Perfect dialogue ends in silence

I begin, continue and end my classes with dialogue on many levels. Each class is always different from a previous class. The content of the class changes because different students show up and because I'm different too. The idea of a locked in syllabus, a fixed program of studies is good because people need structure – yet, they also need to explore and make the subject their own. That's where dialogue comes in quite well. 

True dialogue brings meaning to life. It expresses profound love. We are born to sing, gesture, and talk with each other. Our group survival depends on that. To love one another and love the whole of creation is our destiny, purpose, or dharma. Opening up to “fields of new possibilities”, becoming wildly creative, like children, and joining the play of creation.

Each of us knows so little; others may help us gain a greater view. Adjust worldviews - incorporating greater information, knowledge, and wisdom.

The perfect dialogue ends in silence; a silence that feels complete in itself. A sense of unity with all-that-is pervades; along with a feeling of completeness.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Deep Stillness


Resolve to live life with a deep quiet inside.
Nothing need be in the mind except an open
field of stillness and quiet. That is the ground,
the mother of all else. Of course, the world as
we know it is full of distraction and desires
pulling us here and there. That cannot be stopped.
But inside yourself is the (hidden) moment before the
universe was created. It contains all possibilities;
including return to divine union with the Creation.
Go back now into deep stillness - for a few minutes.
The world will again appear fresh.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Life Axioms


1 Keep it simple
2 Be direct
3 Know when to quit
4 Breathe deeply and often
5 Allow it all to work out
6 Control with no-control

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Tone of Silence


I talked with Glenn about silence. We came to an understanding that there is a tone, a basic tone that we can tune to.  

Glenn, “But you have to be still and quiet to hear that tone. It's like music flowing through us.”

“Yes,” I said.

“Let's have three moments of silence.”

“Yes.”

As the moments of silence came, I saw the mind weave in and out of silence for a period of time.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

There is a clearing

Beyond what is, not away from it but before it, 
there is still something else that happens. 
In the midst of beings as a whole an open place occurs. 
There is a clearing, a lighting…. 
This open center is … not surrounded by what is; 
rather, the lighting center itself encircles all that is…. 
Only this clearing grants and guarantees 
to human beings a passage to those entities 
that we ourselves are not, 
and access to the being that we ourselves are.*
                                   - Martin Heidegger

* From passages selected/translated by Hubert L. Dreyfus.The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger. Edited by Charles B. Guignon. Cambridge University Press, 1993. Page 296.