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A Question on Practice/Liberation in Dharma teachings

This is an edited/adapted question and response at the end of my commentary on Zoom with the Sangha on the Discourse on the Greater Cessation of Craving/Desire given by the Buddha (Middle Length Discourses. 38). Continue reading 



A Buddhist Perspective. On Emptiness, Mindfulness, Views, Experiences, Conditions for Suffering, Truth, Behaviour, War etc.

In September 2017, Lila Kimhi, a senior Dharma teacher in Israel, and I met for an in-depth Dharma exploration on a range of topics. We recorded the exchange consisting of Lila asking me a range of questions addressing issues that practitioners often bring up. Several of her questions or concerns were on behalf of meditators. She is a friend for more than two decades. Continue reading 



Relative Truth. Ultimate Truth. A Talk to the International Sangha. Hosted by Sangha Live. Sunday 5 June 2022.

This is a transcription, edit, adaption, plus additional sentences, from a recorded session. I gave this guided meditation and talk during a 90-minute Zoom session on Dharma teachings hosted by Sangha Live on 5 June 2022 on the theme of Relative and Ultimate Truth. Continue reading 



Does meditation and spirituality collude to glorify the Here and Now?

From a Participant in our MTTC (Mindfulness Teacher Training Course).

Dear Christopher,
Thank you for your reflections on past, present and future.
I picked up the word ‘Now’ during your latest talk.
I was wondering if you were referring to Eckhard Tolle, who always speaks of the present in terms of this is the only realm that is.
The past is gone and can’t be changed, the future is not here yet and will never be. The only ‘time’ to change is the NOW referring to the present.
All that is, is what we are now taking in the past as something that has formed us in a way as a river that gave shape to the valley it runs through.
At the same time is the present giving us the opportunity to flourish freshly every day, making every day brand new. Taking this into account life’s wonderful.
Although it might sound naive but doesn’t that exclude planning the future?
Love,
PS: Tomorrow morning session I have to leave by 9.45 o’clock.

Dear …
Thanks for message. Ah I see you planned the future in terms of ending your time in the session at 9.45 am. Thank you for letting me know.

The language of the Now includes:

  • Here and Now
  • Present Moment,
  • Just This.
  • No past. No future.
  • Nowhere to Go.
  • Nothing to do.
  • Pure Being,
  • Just Being.

Buddhist texts have here and now in them – a translation bearing no relationship to the Sanskrit or the Pali. The original Pali is ditthe-dhamme – literally, the view of something, past, present or furure.
This language of the glorification of the here and now has been in use for centuries. It is unhelpful.
The Now means experiencing a variety of sensations through the five senses and mental activities. These sensations depend upon the causes and conditions arising in the near and far past.
Being in the now, being absorbed in the now, can generate a blind spot to the evolution of life, to becoming, to vision and outcome/consequences of past/present and future.
I regard being stuck in the Now as a cage, small and contracted. We can stand back and witness what goes in the present as well as be absorbed in the present in healthy ways.

Some believers   have become Nowists claiming the past and future is in the present. Who can show the past and future in the present?
Some believers have become Nowists claiming the past and future is not in the present. Who can show in the present what is not related to the past and not related to the future.

Liberation remains unbound to past, present and future. Liberation does not depend on frequent to exposure to sensations through the senses of the Now.

The use of capital letters for the Now do not make the here and now substantial, nor cut ot off from past and future. The Now cannot stand with a unique, independent self-existence unrelated to past and future.

I cannot perceive a perpetually wonderful Now.

An awakened life requires no sensations for its confirmation. The now is an inseparable feature in the middle of the three fields of time – past, present and future.
I trust this is helpful.
Love

Christopher

 

 

 

 

 



The Intimacy of the Spiritual Path and the Goal. The Significance of Trust in the Process

The text below comes from a transcription, editing of text and adaption of a Zoom talk on the theme. Talk given on 27 November 2021. Mindful Space in Israel organised the Zoom teaching sessions. Four 60-minute sessions with talk, Q and A, guided meditations on first link of Noble Eightfold Path. on Saturday 8 January 2022. All are welcome. See link below to register. Continue reading 




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