No Death, No Fear

by Thich Nhat Hanh

In my hermitage in France there is a bush of japonica, Japanese quince. The bush usually blossoms in the spring, but one winter it had been quite warm and the flower buds had come early. During the night a cold snap arrived and brought with it frost. The next day while doing walking meditation, I […]

It’s easy to recognize non-dual presence and let it go to your head. The concepts start to replace the direct experience. At about that time, non-duality becomes like a religion, something to defend, a kind of head game where one’s identity gets wrapped up in the concepts that try to prove that one is awakened, […]

That Which Is

by Dr. Alfred Aiken

God has no reflection of himself. There is no one or thing to do the reflecting. The One Self is the Self of All, all Self. A reflection would not be the original, but rather an “image,” a “likeness,” hence a counterfeit which is worthless, valueless, a fraud. The Perfect One includes nothing fraudulent. Moses […]

Action and Non-Action

by Wei Wu Wei

“Enlightenment is straightly attained by freedom from separate selfhood.” —The Buddha “Is not the idea of liberation in the domain of maya? Does not the Vedanta teach that the Atman (the I-Reality) is always free? Why then should I struggle for my liberation?” —Vivekananda Action and Non-ActionTHE HALF-CENTURY DURING WHICH RAMANA MAHARSHI lived in a […]

The Icy Couch

by Charlotte Joko Beck

AS WE SIT, THE ENDLESS SPINNING in our heads reveals to us our strategy. If we label our thoughts long enough we’re going to recognize our strategy. It’s the strategy itself that generates the buzzing thoughts. Only one thing in our life is not caught by this strategy, and that’s the physical, organic life of […]