A Student Asks: What is it that continues after death? What is that continuity that passes from life to life and how does it do that?

The continuity in essence is in the openness, clarity and sensitivity of our being – and that is not in time or in space. It is continuity because it doesn’t change. This is a very deep point to ponder on. How is there continuity between a person in one life and their rebirth in a future birth? That is a question about how we can appear to manifest in a world in time and space even though in essence we are not limited to time and space. This is a very deep question. Continue reading A Student Asks: What is it that continues after death? What is that continuity that passes from life to life and how does it do that?

What can we learn from coincidence? What can it teach us about the nature of reality?

I think you are entirely right in thinking that all this is a sign that the nature of reality is very different from the way we habitually think. Jung talked of this kind of phenomenon in terms of synchronicity. It seems to happen more and more as one embarks on a spiritual path Continue reading What can we learn from coincidence? What can it teach us about the nature of reality?

Student’s Question: How can we establish the right attitude towards our Meditation practice and not feel like we’re forcing ourselves?

In some ways the attitude is the whole thing in terms of meditation. There isn’t anything to do or to fail at in the end. It’s just a matter of linking into your experience in a particular way and you actually have to find that way yourself. Nobody can tell you how to do it really… There is nothing to fail at really. You either enjoy yourself or you don’t, but simply giving the time to it has an effect. So you can feel pleased about that and think of it as your contribution to the peace of the world. Continue reading Student’s Question: How can we establish the right attitude towards our Meditation practice and not feel like we’re forcing ourselves?

A Student’s Question: How can we work with judgemental voices during meditation?

Just wake up and look. Where are they? What are they? Who told them to come? Who told them to go? Just look straight at them – how long do they last? How many of them are there? What is the sound of their voices? This kind of direct looking is what meditation at its best is. Continue reading A Student’s Question: How can we work with judgemental voices during meditation?

How do the words heart and mind resonate within you? Why is this important?

“When we say ‘heart’ – something resonates and we can sort of trace that resonance back to its source which is that depth within the essence of our being that contains all that is most meaningful – the word comes from there, so when we follow it back we sort of dissolve into that meaning somehow…” Continue reading How do the words heart and mind resonate within you? Why is this important?

If we’re struggling with our sitting practice, can we practise effectively with moments of awareness throughout the day?

You have to find what works for you but you do need to work on it in the sense that you have to keep reminding yourself and bringing yourself back to your original intention. Really reinforce your intention to practise like this in whatever way you find most effective. So that will make it a major practice – perhaps sufficient practice if you can really link into it strongly enough…” Continue reading If we’re struggling with our sitting practice, can we practise effectively with moments of awareness throughout the day?

How can I develop compassion towards myself?

I often get asked about compassion towards oneself. A lot of people feel more comfortable when they are suffering than when they are enjoying themselves. It is curious isn’t it? All this is very confused thinking and needs to be sorted out right at the beginning of the path. Otherwise there will be a tendency to look on meditation and Dharma practice as some kind of self-punishment and that won’t lead to liberation, peace and happiness at all! Continue reading How can I develop compassion towards myself?