Meditation is to change the mind’s capacity : Ayya Khema

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When we sit down to meditate, we are trying to transcend our everyday consciousness, the consciousness used to transact ordinary business, the one used in the world’s marketplace as we go shopping, bring up our children, work in an office or in our business, clean the house, check our bank statements, and all the … Read the rest >

Edward Salim Michael : How to be whole in what I do ? – video

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How to be whole in what I do? We always want to get rid of something. Each moment can become a moment of practice — The street can be a cloister — the subway, the cooking, all must become practice. We have no time, don’t let a moment pass without working spiritually.

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Maurice Nicoll : what we call the present moment is not now

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No reveries, no conversations, no tracing out of the meaning of phantasies, contain this now, which belongs to a higher order of consciousness. The time-man in us does not know now. He is always preparing something in the future, or busy with what happened in the past. He is always wondering what to do, … Read the rest >

Majjhima Nikaya & Visuddhi Maga : The Sublime Reality

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The Reality that came to me is profound and hard to see or understand because it is beyond the sphere of thinking. It is sublime and unequaled but subtle and only to be found by the dedicated.

 Majjhima Nikaya

Just as space reaches everywhere, without discrimination, just so the immaculate element, which in its … Read the rest >

The enigmatic problem of self-forgetfulness.

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What is of primary importance for an aspirant on this path is to learn to get away from his habitual state of being, the ordinary state into which he constantly falls each time after he has made the vital effort to rise and be connected anew to his Inner Source.

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Edward Salim Michael – Earthly Existence As Indispensable Means for Transformation

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For all its problems, uncertainties, and pains, life as it is affords the human being the indispensable and only means of learning right and noble conduct, and with the chance to sublimate himself through these very difficulties.

After death, the conditions necessary for his transformation will no longer be there. Without these harsh trials, … Read the rest >

Ayya Khema : The “why” and ‘how” of meditation

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When we sit down to meditate, we are trying to transcend our everyday consciousness, the consciousness used to transact ordinary business, the one used in the world’s marketplace as we go shopping, bring up our children, work in an office or in our business, clean the house, check our bank statements, and all the … Read the rest >

Ramana Maharshi : I am the Self, the Absolute.

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Can a man become a high officer by merely once seeing such an officer ? He may become one if he strives and equips himself for the position. Similarly, can the ego, which is in bondage as the mind, become the divine Self, simply because it has once glimpsed that it is the Self … Read the rest >

The Tibetan Book of the Dead – the Bardo Thodol

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Meditation and the after death state.

As he is ordinarily, the human being does not realize to what extent, or in what manner, life and death are closely linked. During his whole lifetime, it never occurs to him that, at each moment that passes by, he is in the process of dying. And when … Read the rest >

Tenzin Palmo : We like dreaming

The thing is we say we want to be enlightened, but we don’t really. Only bits of us want to be enlightened. The ego which thinks how nice, comfortable and pleasant it would be. But to really drop everything and go for it! We could do it in a moment but we don’t do … Read the rest >