Insights

The Purest Teaching Is Silence

by Francis Bennett

In the silence of the heart, God speaks. —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta The purest teaching is silence. This will be the briefest of chapters in this book because it arose quite simply out of one of the morning times of silent stillness and peace. It would seem incongruous to make many words and concepts […]

Perception Happens

by Ken McLeod

No origin, nothing there: that’s just how it is. Perception doesn’t arise or vanish. When you make it more than that, It’s like making form out of what is formless: You lose touch with what is natural. How reactive you become! —Verse 3.2 There is something wonderfully tenacious about the human proclivity to name an […]

Becoming present is remarkably simple. However, remaining present is not so simple. Even if we are present for a short time, most of us are quickly pulled back into the past and future world of the mind. There are a number of obstacles that we must become aware of if we are to awaken fully […]

Dream and Waking Experience

by Sadhu Arunachala

“We are such stuff As dreams are made on And our little life Is rounded by a sleep.” Shakespeare really did know what he was talking about and it was not just poetic effervescence. Maharshi used to say exactly the same. Though I questioned Bhagavan more often on this subject than any other, some doubts […]

The Awakened Heart

by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

Working with the Emotions after AwakeningTHE BUDDHA TAUGHT THAT WE MUST become aware and accepting of the entire range of feelings—of pleasant, neutral, and unpleasant feelings as each arises. He went on, “By becoming aware of the entire range of the emotions” and “experiencing the feelings in the feelings,” we can find peace in their […]