Review: Jake Fades by David Guy

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This week Zoe is reading Jake Fades: a novel of impermanence by David Guy, about a Zen master who fixes bicycles and teaches meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The tale is told by Hank, his long-time student, and the aging Jake hopes that Hank will take over teaching from him. Commitment phobic Hank doesn’t feel ready to take on the responsibility, but Jake is starting to show signs of having Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

What the hell is going on?

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“When you try to analyse who or what is experiencing your experience, don’t just settle for a quick superficial conclusion. As the Buddha said, in describing his process-oriented view of the world, ‘In hearing, there is just hearing, no hearer, and nothing heard; in seeing there is just seeing, no seer and nothing seen.’ Like the sound of a drum, which arises from the interplay between the stick beating on drum skin held together by wood and brackets, it’s all like echoes and reflections. Everything is in process. There is no sound somewhere waiting to be heard. Of course when the drum beats, we hear a sound, but sound is not a concrete entity, is it? Continue reading

Review: Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy

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This week Zoe is reading Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy, which explores the collective psychosis now gripping our culture and challenges us to look inside ourselves for answers. The name ‘wetiko’ comes from Native American cultures and refers to a spirit or wicked person who terrorises others through its evil acts. Wetiko is an archetype that arises from the collective unconscious, a psychic virus that represents the nightmare we’re all dreaming up together. Continue reading

Four Transforming Thoughts that Redirect the Mind

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This is a daily meditation practice from Tibetan Buddhism that can help you to focus your mind towards Nirvana and enlightenment. The four thoughts reflect on these areas:

  1. Your precious human existence
  2. Death, mortality, and impermanence
  3. The Law of Karma, or Cause and Effect
  4. The defects and shortcomings of samsara, including the eight kinds of problems you face and suffering

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The stronger the light – the darker the shadows

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“One of the least discussed issues of individuation is that as one shines light into the dark of the psyche as strongly as one can, the shadows, where the light is not, grow even darker. So when we illuminate some part of the psyche, there is a resultant deeper dark to contend with. This dark cannot be let alone. The key, the questions, cannot be hidden or forgotten. They must be asked. They must be answered.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

Embrace your suffering – it reveals the way to peace

This is a perfect quote from Thich Nhat Hahn for the days ahead. The world is facing much uncertainty. The collective shadow is rising. Fear and hatred that has been buried for decades is erupting into the light – not because of failure, and not as punishment, but so we can heal the divisions between us. Together we can find a way to heal our world and the pain in our hearts – on both sides of the apparent divide. Embrace your suffering and it will reveal the way to peace… Continue reading

The Mystical Experience of Totality – Wayne Teasdale

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“One mystical state of consciousness allows us to see the totality of all that is and all that can be in one instant of time. I deliberately say see rather than know because it is not possible to know everything, but it is possible at least to perceive, in a unifying vision, the sum of all reality, all worlds in all universes. Many mystics have reported this exalted state of consciousness.

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