Meditation: Recognising ‘the watcher’ as thinking too

When we talk about meditation in terms of letting go of thoughts, it can seem as if it is a matter of setting oneself up as an observer of one’s mind and to root out thinking. This is a misunderstanding of the whole process. Setting up a watcher in this way perpetuates our false sense of what we are and what our experience is. The observer might well be well intentioned, but the problem is that it is heavy-handed and believes too much in itself. Continue reading Meditation: Recognising ‘the watcher’ as thinking too

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We already have within ourselves the power to Awaken

The process of Awakening relies on the fact that we already have within ourselves the power to Awaken and that power is none other than the power of the truth.  The more open and honest we are, the more that truth reveals itself and the more we experience its inherent wisdom and compassion.

What we do not realize is that all that wisdom and compassion is emanating from the nature of reality itself, the reality to which the Buddha Awakened.  Continue reading We already have within ourselves the power to Awaken

Video: What’s really going on when we feel our meditation isn’t working?

Lama Shenpen answers a question on meditation from a teaching given in 2014. What’s really going on when we feel our meditation isn’t working? Is it really ‘not working’? How should we reflect on this, what insight might we be missing?  Continue reading Video: What’s really going on when we feel our meditation isn’t working?

How to set up a regular meditation practice

Having reflected on the heart-wish and decided that meditation is what you want to do, commit yourself to the discipline of a regular meditation schedule. It takes conscious thought and planning to establish and maintain a meditation practice. Our initial resolve to meditate can easily be eroded by the busyness of our daily lives, by our commitments and by the force of habits pulling us … Continue reading How to set up a regular meditation practice

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What is The Meditator’s Verse?

Here, there is nothing to remove and nothing to add. The one who sees the truth of being, as it is, By seeing the truth, is liberated. In our group meditation sessions at the Awakened Heart Sangha, this verse is read out by the person leading the session (the Omzay), about five minutes before the end of each session. It is a verse from the … Continue reading What is The Meditator’s Verse?