We train in meditation. Like any other skill, meditation takes time, effort, diligence, and aspiration in order for the potential results of such time, effort, and aspiration come forward. Eventually, those results do come forward, flawlessly. And, they can because the results were already in the practitioner. One day someone watched a small river roll … More Generative: Emptiness
The energy of a person sends out rays, lines of connective radiance. The connection is multi-fold as well as internal and external. The points of connectivity and lines of energy create a matrix, a design that is one’s life. The energy of compassion impels beings to goodness, harmony, and trust. As we live these, we … More Generative: Bliss and Emptiness
How many ways are there to remedy a situation? As many as necessary. Just as there “are many roads to Rome,” any number of factors can be addressed in a situation, in each person involved, or in the emotions or beliefs or conditions of a situation. Medicine Buddha represents the wisdom that brings forward just … More Generative: Medicine Buddha, skillful means and remedies
Avolokiteshvara has many forms: male or female, 2, 4, 6, 8, or 1000 arms; one head, 11, or 14; standing, sitting, one knee up regally, or in vajra posture. Avolokiteshvara is Kwan Yin, is Chenrezig, is the Four Immeasurables, is the Six Virtues, and is compassion as the only action. Avolokiteshvara is a mahasattva – … More Mahasattva: generating sublime emptiness
To the human eye, a plant seems to grow sequentially: seed, roots, stalk, leaves, bud, and blossom. But, to the plant, a simultaneous unfolding of inner qualities and potential is occurring. And, because the qualities and potential are innate, the plant does not think about its maturing. For the onlooking human, the plant has stages … More Intermediate: Time and space
All through the day, quality is expressing. Realizing the qualities as they express is an aspect of awakened awareness. Happiness or sadness, jealousy or delight, impatience or ease are the surface noticings of qualities. Registering the karmic feeling in a meeting or relationship, or acknowledging the sensations and intuitions in a location are further examples … More The Inseparable Pervasive Three Qualities of Awareness-Mind
Lift up your eyes. If there is window, look out it. The world is all around us. Meditation invites us to simply be …. for a moment, and maybe a few more. Meditation is about space, neutrality, emptiness, and the infinite potential that is the very fabric of every moment. Settling is most important in … More 1c: making room
Meditation works with various aspects of the human subtle systems, foremost is the chakras. Attention, concentration, and insight all use the Ajna center at the brow. We begin the final two weeks of this Round of Intermediate meditations experiencing the various chakras and what meditation has brought forward from them. * This podcast is missing … More Ajna orientation
Perception has been on my mind. What really is it? Clearly, it is implicit in everything we do, think, and say, in all ways that we determine or ascertain reality and what is in it, as well as what we do not notice, give credence to, or reject. What is perception, and how do our … More Perception and Options
In order for a shaman to listen to plants for the stories of the medicinal properties or to transform into the qualities of an animal, a shaman has to be empty. Equally, so, in order to generate qualities of Being, one has to be empty. Yet, emptiness is not a lack. Emptying is. This meditation … More Non-deceiving: a generation stage meditation
It is delightful to see the names of registrants for all levels of The Practice of Living Awareness, old names and new ones. Excitement is in the air to be meditating together again. We begin Monday, January 26 at 9 am ET with the Entry level. Tuesday is Intermediate, and Saturday is the Generative Stage. … More Ready?
We are like any image from the stellar sky, pure radiance expressing naked emptiness. Spirit, monad, causal cause: no matter what name is applied to Essence, it is only a name, a form used to hand some kernel of understanding to our self.