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Archive for April 2019

Non-Duality in Action: Compassionate Response

Non-dual teachings sometimes give people license to behave badly or not work on themselves: they can become arrogant or rude, or use it as an excuse to use drugs or do other self-centered things, saying “it doesn’t matter what we do” or “I don’t exist” and “it’s all predetermined” etc. Or they may not look…

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How To Stop Thinking

“When you enter the silence you enter a profound peace, bliss consciousness, pure awareness. That’s what the silence is. It’s not being quiet. It’s beyond that. It’s not just quieting your mind, like I say all the time. It’s understanding that there’s no mind to quiet. When you realize there’s no mind, you automatically become…

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Is Being an Embodied Being a Fall from Grace?

I was cleaning the living room windows this morning, and noticed I could never get them perfect. They always had some kind of streaks or fog when the sunlight hit them, no matter how much I wiped them. It occurred to me the windows were metaphors of the limits of expression of clarity and the…

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On Beyond Two Sides of Existence

The picture we are seeing here—knowing it’s just a picture (a map)—is of two sides of existence: one, the appearance, the phenomenal, the apparent material world, the mortal dream, Body, Mind, and World (BMW) which arise simultaneously to play Maya, or spacetime and matter; and two, “outside” of this world as it were, the spiritual,…

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Sentience, Consciousness, and Vegetarianism

Bobby at My Desk

You can’t eat your way to enlightenment. But you can eat in an enlightened way. In this whole discussion about diet, a spiritual path, and health, it’s useful to make a distinction between what we can call “sentience” and Consciousness. If there is sentience, there is the potential for suffering. And while everything has consciousness…

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The Central Paradox of Meditation: Being and Doing

The central paradox of meditation is that of being and doing. Doing something in order to realize we don’t need to do anything, or in fact that the doing is taking us away from being. Q: What about programming, conditioning? Don’t we need to undo that? A: Where is it, when is it? It has…

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Beginning and Advanced Meditation: Meditating on Meditation

Now, I’m a nobody (not a famous teacher, and don’t want to teach at all: writing is my “teaching”), but this is how I see the “game board” of meditation: We could say there are roughly three stages of meditation, three squares on the field of “spiritual progress” (it’s just a map, and they can…

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What Is Maya? What is Real?

POEM What is Maya? Maya is a word. A word is a sound. Sound is Maya. The real question is: what is not Maya? When I know what is deathless and without sound, I will know what Maya is. Every thing. Therefore even Maya is Maya.   ESSAY What is Maya? What is illusion and…

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Why No One Can Give You Enlightenment

The following are some notes regarding how one must “go the final mile” oneself, and no teacher or guru can hand you liberation on a platter. Enjoy. “A Master is a fully-realized Being. A Guru (or Sat Guru) is a Master who has chosen to help others find their Freedom. God, Guru and Self are…

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