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?

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?