interconnection oneness interpenetration buddhism Lama Shenpen Hookham

I don’t experience the oneness and inter-connectivity of all things, should I just believe in it to begin with?

By all means use oneness to let go of views of separation, but letting go of views is not to be confused with substituting one view for another. We have to hold our views lightly and make sure they lead to the giving up of views in the ordinary sense and that is resting in right ‘view’. Continue reading I don’t experience the oneness and inter-connectivity of all things, should I just believe in it to begin with?

Working with body sensations in meditation – can pain be bliss? Is turning towards sensations always helpful?

When we allow sensations in the body to just be there and are aware of them we are actually not getting involved with them, but of course we could let them be a major distraction.   Continue reading Working with body sensations in meditation – can pain be bliss? Is turning towards sensations always helpful?

What’s the difference between being firm with my resolve and being fixed and solidified?

Resolves give you a general direction and structure to how you live while turning towards situations. Keeping in touch with what is going on in yourself and in the situation, allows you to work through the resolve in practice – clearly adapting the resolve to fit the developing situation as you go. Continue reading What’s the difference between being firm with my resolve and being fixed and solidified?

Why Formless Meditation can be difficult to relate to at first and why we should keep going

Formless meditation takes time to learn, Often people get discouraged along the way and think that they would rather have something more definite to do. Formless meditation produces shamatha but in a way that opens itself up to vipashyana (insight). It is the insight that brings about liberation at a very deep and complete level. Continue reading Why Formless Meditation can be difficult to relate to at first and why we should keep going

Meditating with physical pain – how can we make pain our practice?

If you can relate to your present suffering with some kind of sense of it being your path, then the suffering itself becomes your practice. Just being able to let go of negative thinking and struggling with the pain and being more simple about it, that already means you are making the suffering into the path. Continue reading Meditating with physical pain – how can we make pain our practice?

meditation coming back to the present

What is it that brings us back to the present in meditation? Is it the ‘Heart Wish’?

You are right when you link what brings you back to the present to the ‘Heart Wish’. It is a completely intuitive movement, isn’t it? You find you can do it and you find it feels good and right and satisfies your heart somehow. Your heart knows this is the right direction… Continue reading What is it that brings us back to the present in meditation? Is it the ‘Heart Wish’?