Freedom and Choice

A few years ago, I was teaching a workshop on the Heart Sutra. We had just finished that long list of negations and everyone was a bit off balance, having had the rug pulled out from under them four or five different ways. The next lines were, “Because for bodhisattvas […] Read more »

Three Questions

“You may have recognized your nature, But unless you are thoroughly familiar with it, You will be like an infant on a battlefield: The enemy ‘thinking’ will run all over you.” — Longchenpa, Buddhist master (1308-1363) Last year I took a short course in rock climbing — hanging from strangely […] Read more »

Who Am I?

A simple question, you say. Well, how do you answer it? With your name? With your family pedigree? With your job? At some point, you see that nothing you say really answers the question and you stop — at the edge of a vast open space. “This can’t be who […] Read more »

An Inner Revolution

The enlightenment I speak of is not simply a realization, not simply the discovery of one’s true nature. This discovery is just the beginning—the point of entry into an inner revolution. Realization does not guarantee this revolution; it simply makes it possible. What is this inner revolution? To begin with, […] Read more »

What Meditation Isn’t

By Ven. Henepola Gunaratana, from “Mindfulness In Plain English” Meditation is a word. You have heard this word before, or you would never have picked up this book. The thinking process operates by association, and all sorts of ideas are associated with the word ‘meditation’. Some of them are probably […] Read more »

Meditation – Pitfalls On The Path

By Prabhath P. The path to self-realization has many traps and pitfalls, often paved with exotic paranormal experiences. And only those who can keep their focus reach beyond Meditation is an adventure of the consciousness. And, like any other adventure, it can be a tricky journey. Countless spiritual aspirants have […] Read more »