Contemplation

The meditation practice of examining all aspects of an object
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    DNA Sutra Paid Member

    It began with a rush of blood. Then came fear, and curiosity. Were there dangers hidden in my genes? Clues about my future, even my death? Was my “self,” my personality, programmed into my genome? Penetrate completely the matter of birth and death, says the traditional Zen instruction. Somehow I imagined it might be easier to let go of “body and mind,” as Zen master Dogen instructed, if I knew that both of those phenomena had been constructed genetically. Most of our ancestors are forgotten, faceless and nameless. But they left their genes, and some left their words. I searched through those words and genes, expecting to see in them the familiar face of a hero or victim from the old stories. I glimpsed that face. But I saw something else, too. I saw the face of a persecutor, a killer. I saw a stranger’s face. My face. More »
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    The Four Protective Meditations Paid Member

    Watch Bhikkhu Bodhi's retreat here. More »
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    A Still Mind Paid Member

    The only silence we know is the silence when noise stops, the silence when thought stops—but that is not silence. Silence is something entirely different, like beauty, like love. And this silence is not the product of a quiet mind, it is not the product of the brain cells which have understood the whole structure and say, “For God’s sake, be quiet”; then the brain cells themselves produce the silence and that is not silence. Nor is silence the outcome of attention in which the observer is the observed; then there is no friction, but that is not silence. More »
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    Little "Aha!"s Paid Member

    Ram Dass says of his latest book, One-Liners, "It's a kind of spiritual brandy, a distillation of the lectures I've given over the course of the past decade or so. At my lectures, I like to say that my name, Ram Dass, means 'servant of God,' but that 'R-A-M' is also an acronym for 'Rent-a-Mouth': that is, my listeners and my readers rent my mouth to tell us what all of us already know. What I say comes not from me, but from the consciousness common to all of us. And the quotes in this book are the little 'aha!'" More »
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    Evaluate Your Meditation Paid Member

    After a person has been meditating for some time, it’s important that he or she evaluate how the practice is developing. Is it working? Does it need adjustment? Is it the right practice to be doing? Can it be improved? Some of this evaluation can be done on one’s own, some with a teacher or with friends.Taking a step back to assess our meditation shouldn’t be seen as a difficult task. We are evaluators by nature. We evaluate all the time, even if subconsciously. We decide what clothes to wear after considering a number of factors, not least of all the weather. An activity as simple as going for a walk requires a variety of considerations: How far will I walk? Does the walk require preparation? Do I need to pace myself if it is a long walk? What is the best route? Which are the best shoes? More »
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    Emptiness: All or Nothing Paid Member

    The idea of sunyata (Pali sunnata) or emptiness has been variously understood—and misunderstood—for centuries. Joan Konner's recent book, "You Don't Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing," gathers together the thoughts of philosophers, poets, and pundits, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, on nothing, emptiness, sunyata. Some examples: "The nothing is the force whereby the something can be manifested." - Alan Watts "Poetry makes nothing happen." - W.H. Auden "Nothing is exciting, nothing is sexy, nothing is not embarrassing." - Andy Warhol More »