Discussion of spiritual practices: awakening, meditation, and the freedom that cannot be lost or found. All perspectives are welcome; advaita, christian, buddhist, islam or even no perspective at all. Just pointing to that which is nearest and dearest.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Meditation practice can become dominated and ruined by seeking.  Seeking a quieter mind, seeking some "spiritual experience", or even seeking to "get better at not seeking".

True practice is simply noticing what has always been so - noticing That which can never be lost or found - That which does not come nor go - That which is always at hand.    

To God belongs the east and the west; wherever you go there will be the presence of God. God is Omnipresent, Omniscient. (Quran 1:115)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Meditation is the search for what to surrender; then surrender surrendering. 

Then, if you are really daring and want to swim in the deep end of the pool, find out who it is that would surrender.

peace on you,

Monday, December 9, 2013

don't take it personally

This week I'd like to share two quotes, one from Zen, and the other from Islam.  The quotes are about "true seeing" which is the fruit of ernest meditation practice.

Is it not all this "me-ing" and "mine-ing" that is at the root of our mis-perception and suffering? That things, ideas, and feelings are "ours" is just not so … to quickly validate this, just ask (during mediation): "who is it that is: thinking, feeling,and experiencing?".  You will easily see the absolute nothingness of the self image.  

"Know that fundamentally you do not lack unsurpassed enlightenment; you are replete with it continuously. But you may not realize it and may be in the habit of arousing discriminatory views and regarding them as real." (Dogen)

"To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by God." (Quran 3:109)

peace on you,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

take it back

Why is meditation considered difficult?

In our 'modern' society just sitting quietly doing nothing, expecting nothing … just noticing our surroundings (both inner and outer) is perhaps our greatest challenge.

This is sad!  

Sit quietly for at least twenty minutes each day and take back your emptiness.

peace on you,