When can thoughts be helpful in meditation? How can we learn to trust them?

Just be very simple about it. There is a thought that thinks ‘let it go’ and there is the intuitive sense that this means something and an intuitive response that lets you do it. That is simply responsiveness and well-being, a sense of what would feel ‘right’. Somehow when you get the right touch it is not really thinking…In itself thinking is not a problem, but it bends back on itself and gets into knots. Continue reading When can thoughts be helpful in meditation? How can we learn to trust them?

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As well as the traditional shrine offerings of incense, candles etc, can we make offerings of our experience?

Thinking of the experiences as an offering to Awakening or the Dharma, is to invite its adhistana. The offering is made in the state of meditation. We rest in the spaciousness of letting go of grasping at things as somehow ‘solid’. Continue reading As well as the traditional shrine offerings of incense, candles etc, can we make offerings of our experience?

A student’s question: What is the meaning of Emanation.

I think we can somehow intuit how when we speak and act from the heart our words and actions emanate from our heart. Our nature is that of Openness Clarity and Sensitivity and everything we experience emanates from that – and it is experienced as if it were a whole world or mandala emanating from a central principle. Continue reading A student’s question: What is the meaning of Emanation.

Why do Buddhists recite Liturgy – prayers, chanting etc – and how can we best relate to that?

There are many benefits of reciting liturgy. One important benefit is that as we focus on the words and meaning, even just intuitively without really understanding them, our attention is naturally drawn to a single point and stabilizes. The more the words speak to our heart the easier it is to focus on them, because we are being drawn towards their significance. Continue reading Why do Buddhists recite Liturgy – prayers, chanting etc – and how can we best relate to that?

Student’s Question: How do we engage with the problems of the world without losing sight of the teachings on Emptiness?

It is not that we cease to care, we seek Enlightenment because we care so much not just for this world but for all worlds and all beings wherever they are trapped in samsara. Emptiness is not somehow an escape route from this world of caring into another world where we don’t need to care.  It is how to look at this world as it truly is so that by not being deceived by it we can help all beings. Continue reading Student’s Question: How do we engage with the problems of the world without losing sight of the teachings on Emptiness?

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Student’s Question: Climate Emergency – How Best to Act & Help as Buddhists?

The climate and environmental emergency is a reminder that we are living in Samsara where all is conditioned and impermanent and driven by the results of karma both individually and for whole groups. In this particular situation we can see that much of what is happening is due to greed, hate and delusion on the part of many egocentric human beings. Continue reading Student’s Question: Climate Emergency – How Best to Act & Help as Buddhists?

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Feature: Teaching on How to Use Yogic Songs as Dharma Practice

We have a booklet of Yogic Songs and at the end of each day we choose one of the songs to sing together and in this way keep our connection with the tradition of Yogic songs of realisation. As we sing them again and again we find we are learning them by heart, almost effortlessly, and they are a wonderful expression of our shared experience and culture. The words are profound and inspiring and as soon as we hear the melody somehow their meaning comes to mind. Continue reading Feature: Teaching on How to Use Yogic Songs as Dharma Practice