What exactly did Jesus mean when he (purportedly) said that “the truth will set us free?” I guess we’d have to ask him! But since he’s not around to discuss the matter, I thought I would offer up an inquiry as a kind of doorway into one interpretation of what those words might be pointing
As part of my work, I teach research methods so I certainly appreciate the value and validity of science as a method for inquiring into the nature of reality. But so often, what we find in science (maybe by necessity?) is a kind of gross over-generalization. For example, the sciences with which I am most
Even our most sophisticated tools of scientific measurement can only ever approximate the qualities and characteristics of things. To be sure, some tools are more accurate than others. A scale that is broken will be far less capable of capturing my “true” weight than one that is well calibrated. However, let’s say I stand on
You’ve undoubtedly seen those remarkably beautiful impressionist paintings—from a certain distance, they appear as they do. But the closer you get to them, the more the coherent patterns and forms of the painting reveal themselves to be pattern-less and incoherent points of color and light. Interestingly, we find a parallel in the world of science
In the rapidly exploding world of contemporary mindfulness, a distinction is frequently made between living mindfully and being on autopilot. For example, you’ll hear mindfulness instructors talk about those times we’re in the shower but not really there, unaware of the rush of warm water upon our skin, thinking instead about something else, say an
After decades of exploring the nature of reality, I’ve finally figured it. At long last, I have found the answer, uncovered the one, single, unifying framework that pulls it all together, the clearest, most comprehensive map that is finally able to delineate the territory we call life, a way to finally and definitively explain what
Allow yourself to consider something quite extraordinary – you have never experienced this moment before. Never! Sure, there may be many aspects of the present moment that appear to resemble those experiential moments that have preceded it. But each instant, each momentary flashing forth of life contains innumerable subtle qualities and characteristics that are entirely
Place your hand upon anything and just feel what is there— can you possibly put into words, the endless display, the universes upon universes of sparkling, tingling, effervescent movement and sensation that appears?
Make the final leap into awareness without the slightest basis for determining what is spiritual or not, this bare state with no reference point is beyond the cage of philosophy. Rest in infinite evenness. Experience the true nature of phenomena as their equalness. –Longchenpa The equalness of phenomena? What the hell is Longchenpa talking about?
As we look, not merely at the ideas we hold about things (“that’s a tree, a computer, a joy, a sadness…”) but their sheer actuality, the raw, felt sense or presence of whatever is being perceived, it begins to dawn just how impossible it is to adequately capture or convey anything linguistically. What appears in the