This nondual perspective of non-attachment is reminded to us each night, in our deepest sleep. We return to a condition of empty awareness in which the self-perception disappears, all relative interests disappear, the world disappears, the cosmos disappears. In that unperturbed awareness, there is an emptiness which is choiceless and in which nothing really matters. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 2.
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The light that shines in darkness. You are a blessing to the universe. Love yourself always. When you love yourself, you love God…. You are total freedom, right this instant, right this minute Feel the Presence within yourself. Feel the happiness and the joy that you really are You are already Self-realized The truth is you have nothing to transcend, nothing to overcome You are the Imperishable Self. You can also find many of his talks on YouTube now. Listen with your heart, not with your mind.
Huang Po, who lived in the ninth century, cuts through all concepts and leaves you with nothing. Then he takes away any idea of nothing. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old.
It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measures, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you—begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured…. If you can only rid yourselves of conceptual thought, you will have accomplished everything. Our original Buddha-Nature is…devoid of any atom of objectivity. It is void, omnipresent, silent, pure; it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy…That which is before you is it, in all its fullness, utterly complete.
There is naught beside. You will come to look upon those aeons of work and achievement as no better than unreal actions performed in a dream…There is nowhere which is outside the Buddha-Mind…Relinquishment of everything is the Dharma…but the relinquishment of ALL delusions leaves no Dharma on which to lay hold…You must see clearly that there is really nothing at all—no humans and no Buddhas. The great chiliocosms, numberless as grains of sand, are mere bubbles. All wisdom and all holiness are but streaks of lightning.
None of them have the reality of Mind…These mountains, these rivers, the whole world itself, together with sun, moon and stars—not one of them exists outside your minds! Your true nature is something never lost to you even in moments of delusion, nor is it gained at the moment of Enlightenment…Above all, have no longing to become a future Buddha; your sole concern should be, as thought succeeds thought, to avoid clinging to any of them…Do not permit the least movement of your minds to disturb you.
This alone is what is called liberation. Ah, be diligent! Be diligent! Do not seek for the truth, only cease to cherish opinions The Way is perfect like vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess When no discriminating thoughts arise, the mind ceases to appear The Great Way is all-embracing; It is neither easy nor difficult When such dualities cease to exist, Oneness itself cannot exist. To this ultimate finality no law or description applies Each thing reveals the One, the One manifests as all things. To live in this Realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection The Way is beyond language, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.
Several of the most well-known translations are by Richard B. Clarke, who was one of my professors at Bard College back in the Sixties more on him in an entry below. I still have a very tattered copy of one of his earliest translations of the Hsin Hsin Ming that he handed out in class, and I've been reading this text ever since, finding ever-new nuances within it.
Richard Clarke continued to refine his translation over the years, and there are at least two different published versions that I've seen from White Pine Press. Zen teacher Steve Hagen see separate listing has also done a few different translations of this text that you might find on the Dharma Field Zen Center website. I recommend reading many different translations.
This is a text that you can read again and again over an entire lifetime and it never stops revealing itself. These are both excellent collections that includes many of Dogen's most well-known works. Like all of Dogen's work, this piece can be read over and over, and with each reading, you will find new dimensions emerging that you hadn't seen or understood before.
Dogen's understanding of nonduality is subtle, nuanced and all-inclusive -- so all-inclusive that it even includes duality: "The Buddha Way is leaping clear of the many and the one. The moon and the pointing finger are a single reality. Long, short, square, and round are mind. The coming and going of birth and death are mind Dream, phantom, and empty flower are mind. Water, foam, splash, and flame are mind. Spring flowers and autumn moon are mind. All things that arise and fall are mind. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.
His response is that to regard practice as the means by which we attain enlightenment in the future is to miss the point completely. Practice is the expression of enlightenment here and now. The place, the way, has not carried over from the past, and it is not merely arising now In addition to these two collections, there are many other collections and commentaries. I very highly recommend listening to and reading Norman Fischer's commentaries on Dogen, especially on Genjokoan and Uji, and Steve Hagen has some excellent classes on Dogen available on CD or download.
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Not to be confused with D. Suzuki, the Zen scholar and author who also helped to bring Zen to America. I arrived at SFZC too late to meet Suzuki Roshi in person, but I spent a number of years practicing Zen in his lineage, and so he has been a very important teacher for me. I have read Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind countless times over the years, and with each new reading, I hear it more deeply and see more in it.
Truly, an amazing book. This is Buddha's teaching. I'm no longer drawn to the kind of rigorous, formal Zen practice that Suzuki Roshi taught, but I love these books, especially Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind , and I have great respect and fondness for the San Francisco Zen Center and for Suzuki Roshi and his lineage, and he continues to touch my life very deeply. More about Shunryu Suzuki and his teaching here and here.
And there are some videos like this one on YouTube as well. She died in in Arizona. She was one of my most important teachers, and although her approach to practice was stricter and more formal than mine, I'm infinitely grateful to have worked with her. Her approach is practice-oriented, and the practice is very precise awareness in the midst of ordinary life. As she put it, "All practice can be summed up as observing the mental process and experiencing present bodily sensations; no more and no less.
From her perspective, the messier the circumstances and the bigger the disappointments, the richer the opportunities. She wasn't easily impressed, and you couldn't pull the wool over her eyes. She brought everything back to ordinary everyday life and to this moment here and now. If you tried to talk about your big enlightenment experience, she might say as if dismissing a bothersome fly , that's nice, and how is your relationship with your partner these days?
Holding to self-centered thoughts, exactly the dream. Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher. She resonated with the expressions of many different people including Jean Klein, Toni Packer, Krishnamurti, Nisargadatta and David Bohm, and would often introduce their words into the practice.
She liked to try different things to wake people up. One day, it was bow to all your disappointments; another day, it was bow to everything you think is other than you.
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With each new bow, it was fascinating to see what came up, and then very enlightening to bow to it. There is a wonderful video that I highly recommend called "Nothing Special" about Joko that beautifully transmits the essence of her teachings as well as her remarkable spirit; it is available here.
You can see a clip from it on YouTube. An excellent CD of some of Joko's talks, which I very highly recommend, has been produced by Sounds True and is available from them or from Amazon. Joko said: "Practice is not about having nice feelings, happy feelings.
It's not about changing, or getting somewhere. That in itself is the basic fallacy. But observing this desire begins to clarify it. We begin to comprehend that our frantic desire to get better, to 'get somewhere,' is illusion itself, and the source of suffering. When we can sit with a simple mind, not being caught by our own thoughts, something slowly dawns, and a door that has been shut begins to open.
For that to occur, we have to work with our anger, our upset, our judgments, our self-pity, our ideas that the past determines the present. As the door opens, we see that the present is absolute and that, in a sense, the whole universe begins right now, in each second. And the healing of life is in that second of simple awareness Healing is always just being here, with a simple mind. What I love about Pema is her honesty, her humanness, her sense of humor, her willingness to share her own foibles so openly, and her combination of razor-sharp clarity with warm-hearted kindness and compassion.
Her books are about the cultivation of open awareness, natural wakefulness, and the ability to stay with difficult states of mind and body without moving away. She talks about learning how to be with our fundamental discomfort, fear, uncertainty, restlessness and anger without fighting against it or chasing after false solutions and making it worse: "To the degree that you relax more into uncertainty and groundlessness, you find your heart opening.
Pema talks about embracing the world and this moment just as it is, learning to be present and awake without expecting perfection. She encourages us to approach the apparent problems and setbacks in our lives as opportunities rather than as obstacles or signs of failure. She talks about the importance of groundlessness and not clinging to beliefs. Pema meets the darkness, the chaos, the difficulty, and the messiness of everyday life with love, humor, and warmth, offering a clear, intelligent, practice-oriented teaching with wisdom and heart.
His work began by bringing simple mindfulness meditation paying attention to the present moment to patients working with severe chronic pain. From there the concept expanded to working with people in other kinds of stressful situations: prison inmates, people with low incomes, corporate executives, dying people, etc. This is basic insight meditation present moment awareness stripped of all the religious and spiritual trappings. If you're spinning your wheels trying to figure out Ultimate Reality intellectually, this book will show you how to realize it directly.
The Importance of Motivation. It is about allowing yourself to be exactly where you are and as you are, and for the world to be exactly as it is in this moment as well…More than anything else, I have come to see meditation as an act of love…a gesture of the heart that recognizes our perfection even in our obvious imperfection…Awareness itself is the teacher, the student, and the lesson…Resting in awareness in any moment involves giving ourselves over to all our senses, in touch with inner and outer landscapes as one seamless whole.
Kabat-Zinn's meditation and body scan CDs are also excellent if you're looking for a simple, basic, awareness meditation. Krishnamurti, an Indian-born man who lived during the 20th Century and spent much of his life in California. Krishnamurti was groomed from early childhood by members of the Theosophical Society to be their promised World Teacher, but as a young man Krishnamurti renounced this mission and famously declared that "Truth is a pathless land.
He offered no prescriptions, practices or methods, insisting that any form of repetition or control is deadening and false. He pointed out that "the observer is the observed," that there is no thinker apart from thought, that the thinker is itself a thought. He questioned the belief in free will and the apparent self who supposedly has this. Krishnamurti belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the very things that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war.
He questioned all the absurdities of organized religion with its priests, gurus, dogmas and beliefs, and saw himself not as a guru or a teacher, but as a friend. He showed a way of exploration and discovery that is free of dogma and reliance on the authority of the past. Krishnamurti had tremendous sensitivity and depth, and he saw through our human confusion, delusion and suffering with remarkable clarity and subtlety. Reading him and truly hearing him requires great sensitivity, attention, and a high level of participatory looking and listening.
No quick or comforting fixes or easy answers are on offer here. Krishnamurti's passionate intensity, combined with his old-school formality and often very serious and rather humorless way of talking can sometimes come across as gruff, abrasive, stern or critical, but in the next instant, he smiles with the most delightful, childlike openness and warmth. If you listen openly to what he is saying, you may come upon an unbounded and unconditioned freedom and possibility that is priceless and life-changing.
He had a very big impact on me and on my main teacher and friend, Toni Packer.
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Excellent video and audio is also available. I'm not usually an enthusiast for methods and techniques, but I find "The Work" as she calls it truly liberating and definitely worth exploring. Every belief, story, and projection is exposed and deconstructed by putting it out and investigating it. Instead of encouraging us to try to be spiritual, Katie instead invites us to be as petty and unspiritual as possible -- bring out all our worst, most judgmental, most unenlightened, most spiritually incorrect thoughts -- and then investigate them by asking 4 simple questions.
This questioning is done not on a purely cognitive level, but by feeling deeply into the answers. This simple process can be a tremendously effective wake up from the thought-created mirage that is our human suffering, and while this whole process might, at first glance, look like another self-improvement project, if you really take it all the way, it deconstructs everything and leaves nothing. Katie is very radical in her approach, and she definitely gets into some edgy territory that can feel quite threatening, especially when dealing with such highly-charged issues as incest, the Holocaust, or the election of Trump.
She is always inviting people to question their story of being a victim, or their story of what "shouldn't" have happened, which can be very challenging and easily misunderstood, but clearly she's not condoning abuse or genocide. She's simply not arguing with reality, and she's questioning every story and belief about it. If you are open to this, in my experience, it is very liberating.
Loving What Is is perhaps the clearest and best introduction to The Work. A Thousand Names for Joy has so far been my personal favorite of her books, offering stories from Katie's own life woven around verses from the Tao Te Ching. That book provides a kind of living portrait of the awakened mind in action in daily life.
In the words of Stephen Mitchell, A Thousand Names for Joy is "a portrait of a woman who is imperturbably joyous, whether she is dancing with her infant granddaughter or finds that her house has been emptied out by burglars, whether she stands before a man about to kill her or The book includes some of Katie's awakening story which was pretty far out as well as some excellent examples of people doing The Work, and it points beyond all concepts and imaginings to the absolute no-thing-ness of what is.
There were also a few earlier books, probably all out of print now, including Losing the Moon: Byron Katie Dialogues on Non-Duality, Truth and Other Illusions, a much rawer and more unvarnished rendition of her teaching edited by Ellen Mack that I liked a lot. I find Katie's work very helpful whenever I find myself caught up in anger, resentment, self-pity, or other forms of upset and entrancement. With this simple form of inquiry, every upset becomes a doorway to waking up.
Just reading these books can be eye-opening and enlightening, and I very highly recommend the books and more importantly actually doing The Work. Audio, video, and more information on The Work here. These four thin books are gems that beautifully describe the dynamic, ever-changing, seamless, automatic and inconceivable nature of reality. Darryl's writing is spare, lean, stripped down to the bone, minimalist and yet poetic, uncompromisingly radical to the root , unpretentious, and refreshingly free of jargon or metaphysics.
He points to the living reality from which nothing stands apart, showing you that there is no separation or solidity, that the apparently separate self with free will is an illusion, and that everything is as it is and could not be otherwise: "Whatever we are now, whatever we're doing now, is an inexplicable movement accomplishing itself. Impermanence or what he calls unform is so thorough-going that no separate forms ever actually exist or persist. This could be called meditation, but Darryl makes it clear that he is not talking about techniques, or being in any particular posture, or doing any sort of intentional concentration or mindfulness practice.
This realization is freedom. This openness is often called love Darryl did much direct exploration on his own, and also studied with mindfulness meditation teacher Ruth Denison for nine years, spent six years as a Buddhist monk under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho, had significant contact with both J. Of all Darryl's books, my personal favorite is probably Essence Revisited, and both that one and Dismantling the Fantasy lay out his essential message in a clear and simple way. Buddhessence is his first book, in which he distills the original, core, radical teachings of the Buddha along with material from developmental psychology, Alan Watts and U.
Darryl currently lives in Winnipeg, Canada and has worked as an ice fisherman, bus driver, suit salesman, childcare worker, carpenter and maintenance man among other things. He recently retired after many years working in a warehouse. He was offering "explorations" of non-duality in Winnipeg and occasionally elsewhere as well as monthly podcasts, but he stopped all of that, feeling his work is complete. As far as I know, he is still available for private sessions via Skype, and his archived podcasts, which are excellent, are available on his website.
In addition to Darryl's wonderful books, other writing plus excellent audio and video is available on his website. Leo Hartong was Dutch, but he wrote both these books in English. It will reveal the splendor and the simplicity, along with the freedom—even from the need to be free—that lies beyond this apparent duality….
There is no need for a special experience to set you free. This totality—both what arises and that in which it arises—is your true identity. There is absolutely nothing you can or have to do, nor is there anything you have to wait for to simply be what you already are. No effort, no trying, no seeking is needed; but if you want to make an effort or want to seek a little more, it is perfectly all right.
Whether you stress and strain or become very quiet, Pure Awareness reflects it all without the slightest effort or judgment. Leo conveys this radical message with brilliant clarity and simplicity. For a long time, he put out a wonderful newsletter responding to questions he received, and his second book, From Self to Self , is an excellent collection of writings from this newsletter.
You can listen to a wonderful interview with Leo on Urban Guru Cafe here. More including excerpts from Awakening to the Dream at his website here. He points what is clear and obvious: the unencapsulated boundlessness Here-Now—the clear, empty, aware Space in which everything is appearing. He called this discovery "having no head," since our actual experience is of being this wide-open Space this nothingness in which everything, including our face in the mirror and all the other faces, appears. Here-Now is the Original Face, the One Consciousness, the Space we all have in common, the indivisible Capacity in which the little-me disappears and everything else appears.
Harding speaks of this as the true meaning of love. He emphasized the simplicity of this ever-present Open Space. He wrote many books on the Headless Way, devised a number of simple experiments people can do to help them see the obvious, and gave workshops right up to the end of his life. Douglas Harding has a beautiful way of pointing to what is so clear and obvious that it is easily overlooked.
I recommend Face to No-Face as an excellent introduction to his work, and Open to the Source is a lovely book of short quotations from him. Douglas is one of my all-time favorites. Poonja Papaji , a devotee of Ramana Maharshi. Gangaji has a beautiful heart and a truly remarkable ability to cut through the thinking mind and bring it to a stop, deconstructing all stories and revealing "the radiance at the core.
Gangaji was an important teacher for me, I was a devotee for a while she let my bhakti side out of the closet and set it free, for which I remain ever-grateful , and I found her to be very clear, intelligent, insightful, funny, and enlightening. I love her invitation to give up the search: "Self-inquiry is not a path that leads you somewhere," she says. Gangaji draws freely from Advaita, Buddhism, Christianity, western psychology and other sources, but her teaching comes from the heart and is never bound by any particular packaging or tradition. Currently based in Ashland, Oregon, Gangaji holds satsangs and retreats here and around the world as well as webcasts.
She has written other fine books as well, including Freedom and Resolve , Hidden Treasure, and a collection of photos and essential gems from her teaching called One River — One Ocean — One Heart. CDs and DVDs are also available, and many other resources can be found on her website, including a wonderful radio program with great thirty-minute episodes on particular topics such as addiction, chronic pain, intimacy, depression, anxiety, enlightenment, death, and so on that you can listen to on-line or download.
Very higly recommended. He comes from the Heart, and love just pours out of him. He has a wonderful sense of humor as well. I met him once in Chicago at a small gathering and felt that I was in the presence of a very genuine, warm-hearted, generous, deeply awakened being—a clear light. I've seen many of his satsangs on video in subsequent years. He strips away everything that can be stripped away, pointing in a simple, direct, immediate way to what cannot be removed: the boundless, unborn, unconditioned, limitless, formless, information-less, pure awareness that is prior to i.
And it is to this ultimate and most liberating reality that his life is dedicated. In , an encounter with a Christian mystic led Mooji to "walk out of his life," and a few years later, his spiritual journey took him to India where he met the man he calls his Master, H. Mooji points to a liberating shift from the constriction of identifying as a separate person to the freedom of recognizing oneself as impersonal boundless presence, and ultimately, as the pure awareness that is subtler even than the first sense of presence.
Mooji has no interest in psychological or social problems, personal stories, past history, future hopes, or any of that—he is totally focused on helping people to recognize and abide as pure awareness. While this is definitely a transcendent approach, Mooji doesn't in any way reject the world, which he describes as the dynamic expression of consciousness. The search for truth is not about running away from the things of this world but about understanding their ephemeral nature. And more than that, it is about discovering our true nature as an inherent stillness from where even the subtlest movements of phenomena are perceived.
His sangha and his world-wide gatherings have a wonderful international flavor that I also greatly appreciate—multiethnic, multiracial and intergenerational. His satsangs include heart-opening bhajans devotional songs , which I love.
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He teaches in a guru-devotional Hindu style, surrounded by radiant devotees showering him with unabashed devotional love, and that can all be anathema to some, especially skeptical Westerners. I have experienced the whole scene around him as one of joy, love and light, and I have found Mooji to be an extraordinary teacher and a truly beautiful being. But whatever you may think of this guru-devotional style, what I am recommending here, and what I appreciate most about Mooji, is the clarity, subtlety and depth of his essential message, and the genuine love that is there.
Mooji has founded an ashram and retreat center, Monte Sahaja, in Portugal, and he offers retreats and satsangs there and elsewhere. Many of Mooji's satsangs, retreats and intensives are broadcast live over the internet, and many are available on his YouTube channel and on Mooji TV.
Even more than his books, which are all wonderful, I recommend watching Mooji live in person or via broadcasting or on video. There is audio, video and written material, as well as information about his events, at his website here. I recommend it very highly. Nirmala is a contemporary American teacher, who has been a student of Neelam, Adyashanti, A. Almaas and Richard Clarke, and who lives in Arizona.
In this wonderful book, Nirmala invites you to, "Say yes to the mystery of every moment," to get curious about whatever shows up, to move from the mind into the Heart, to recognize the boundless aware presence that you truly are, and "to keep diving into this place that is more honest and true and where you know less and less. Warm-hearted, gentle and clear, Nirmala points beyond getting stuck in special experiences or fixated on either side of any conceptual divide.
There is no little 'me' separate from the Mystery But Nirmala is always pointing to what is equally present in every different experience, whether expanded or contracted, clear or confused. He has a lovely sense of lightness, humor, delight and wonderment, and he approaches whatever shows up in satsang with openness and love. I knew Nirmala some years ago and really liked his expression, and I found his first book, Nothing Personal, exceptionally clear. He has written many other books, most of which I haven't read. The message being delivered may be great, I don't know, and I don't doubt Nirmala and Gina's sincerity or their motives.
But this is not my cup of tea, and so, it is not the aspect of Nirmala's teaching that I'm recommending here. I do, however, have a deep appreciation for Nirmala as I knew him long ago, and I continue to very highly recommend Nothing Personal , which is a real jewel in my opinion, one of the best.
You can find audio and video on his website as well. She has a long and deep connection with the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, the path of self-inquiry, and the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics. She speaks and writes from the Heart, with a tenderness and sensitivity deeply attuned to the subtle nuances of life.
Totally authentic and genuine, her perspective is at once transcendent and down-to-earth. She is no stranger to human pain—her mother died suddenly on the day after Christmas when Dorothy was twelve, her beloved husband of over fifty years died—so Dorothy has known grief and heart-break as well as immense joy. Her most important teachers besides Ramana were Ramesh Balsekar and Adyashanti. Adya asked her to teach in Ending the Search is one of the clearest and best books on nondual awakening and awareness, and her earlier books of poetry and prose are magnificent as well.
Wise, heart-felt, eloquent, lucid, crystal clear, right on the mark—very highly recommended.
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He was born in what is now Afghanistan and lived most of his life in Konya, Turkey. His poetry is profound and beautiful, brimming with love and the ecstasy that embraces absolutely everything. The foremost translator of Rumi's work into English is the poet Coleman Barks, but there are many other translations and collections available. The Essential Rumi , translated by Barks, is an excellent, comprehensive collection of Rumi's work.
The Illuminated Rumi is a gorgeous book that weaves together Rumi's words, translated by Barks, with stunning visual images by the artist Michael Green, who later came out with a second "Illuminated Rumi" book called One Song , which also includes a CD of music by the Illumination Band setting Rumi's poems to bluegrass, gospel and blues. These two "Illuminated Rumi" books are definitely worth buying and savoring over a lifetime. There are many others. Very highly recommended! His utterly undogmatic, no-nonsense approach to waking up is one of awareness and direct insight.
Tony deMello is funny, straightforward, clear, on the mark and wonderfully direct. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss. DeMello has many other excellent books as well as audio and video, and you can find out more here. JOHN ASTIN: This Extraordinary Moment: Moving Beyond Mind to Embrace the Miracle of What Is — This wonderful, clear book points to the vibrant aliveness that is right here in every moment, to be discovered not by transcending what seems ordinary and mundane, but by opening fully to the non-conceptual actuality of this very moment, just as it is. That captures the book in a nutshell.
He is genuinely interested in exploring—and he suggests that there is no end to the infinity of what is and no "final understanding" or end to this ever-fresh discovery. Instead of urgency and oppressive seriousness, he invites approaching this exploration in a light-hearted, playful way. John holds a doctorate in health psychology, has worked as a counselor, consultant, professor, and researcher in the fields of integrative and mind-body medicine.
He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, a poet, and the author of 3 previous books, which I also highly recommend, although his understanding has evolved and changed in significant ways since they were written: Too Intimate for Words, This Is Always Enough, and Searching for Rain in a Monsoon. You can watch a very lovely interview with John on Buddha at the Gas Pump here that includes some of his music as well. And you can learn more about John and read his blog at his website here.
He points to the effortless and always-present clarity of awareness, the radiant presence of experiencing, and the non-existence emptiness, unfindability, infinite, indeterminate nature of everything. Life is a mysterious, magical, ever-changing, ever-present, chaotic, undefinable, ungraspable, unresolvable, incredibly rich happening. Nothing is the same from one instant to the next, and yet everything is nothing other than radiant presence, here-now. This all-inclusive presence consciousness-energy-intelligence-awareness has no opposite—no outside or inside, no beginning or end, no before or after.
Even thinking, imagining, day-dreaming and conceptualizing are all included in this radiance. The actuality of this is not some ongoing condition of anything in particular. The only thing that actually could be accurately described as realization or enlightenment, is the discovery that this never departs from itself no matter what state it presents as.
It is doing itself. This, right here, is the breaking wave of this astounding radiance. It doesn't exist! You define your problems into existence, as well as their hoped-for solutions, thus creating an apparent difficult, limited reality, where none exists whatsoever. This actual, present condition is absolutely inconceivable; ANY way you hold it to be with your descriptions and ideas does not actually exist, and cannot in actuality limit or entrap you.
They are defined into apparent existence by your imagination. This actual condition can be clearly known as it is, but not if it is held to be this or that in imagination. Let go of all descriptions, and then what is this? You cannot say THIS is liberation. THIS is enlightenment; simply seeing that there is in actuality nothing that can possibly trap you, and no separable you that could be trapped. A new book titled The Yoga of Radiant Presence is apparently in the works. Abiding in Nondual Awareness. Exploring the further implications of living nonduality. A collection of monographs, especially replies to readers questions and letters, that explore nondual awareness in greater depth.
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