Why Reflection on Death Is Our Dearest Friend

The Buddha’s path means giving up attachment to all we are holding on to. It means giving up our cherished views about ourselves and the world. This can be as scary as death itself. It is easy to have doubts, thinking that maybe the whole idea of Enlightenment or Awakening is a pipe dream or a fantasy. Deep reflection on death, however, can help us cut through this kind of doubt. Continue reading Why Reflection on Death Is Our Dearest Friend

Student’s Question: Why does my meditation practice feel like I’m starting from the beginning again?

It often seems that we are back at square one but that is because reality is right here in every experience. It is like a gate. We keep stepping in and out. When we are in a good space it seems like that is all there is and always will be and when we step out it seems like to get back into the space is a huge effort. Continue reading Student’s Question: Why does my meditation practice feel like I’m starting from the beginning again?

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?

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?

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?

Student’s Question: How do we turn towards our distorted sense of well-being and recognise it as our inherent sensitivity?

What is really happening when we feel out of touch with a sense of well-being? If you think about it, how do you know that you feel miserable and out of touch with a sense of well-being? What is that miserable feeling or that dead, lifeless, depressed, ‘can’t see the point in anything’ feeling? When you really turn your attention to it, what is it? Continue reading Student’s Question: How do we turn towards our distorted sense of well-being and recognise it as our inherent sensitivity?