Archive for October 2009

Sitting meditation

“Taking our seat…’sit and know you’re sitting’…(we) bravely confront all our sorrows, loneliness, shame, regret, frustration, happiness… “(This is called) the Middle Way, a way not based on aversion to the world, nor on attachment, but a way based on inclusion and compassion. The Middle Way rests at the centre of all things… “We each…

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Note on the divide between emptiness and compassion

I was recently questioning my meditation teacher about a teaching I’d heard about time being a construct of the mind – in other words it does not inherently exist outside of the purpose for which it was conceived by the human mind.  Followed to its conclusion this line of thought says that, at the heart…

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‘I don’t really know it.’

Stephen Batchelor’s book Buddhism Without Beliefs offers insight into what I see as the current plight to let go of old ways of seeing and believing, to unclutter the highway, in order to uncover a path of pure faith. Buddhism refers to this as the teaching of the Dharma. I quote: “No matter how well…

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A note on Trauma

Yoga is becoming known within the world of contemporary bodywork to be an essential tool in the healing of trauma, or the disorientation of the human being. The key book in explaining this is called ‘Waking the Tiger’ by Peter Levine. In his introduction, Levine debates the idea that trauma has been traditionally regarded as…

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