Consciousness and awareness aren't the same thing. In this entry, we go through the developmental process of self-awareness and the Buddhist take on it and the world.
I was reading an article by someone who attended an SN Goenka Vipassana retreat in the Himalayas. The article was about what it means to be Awake. The author asked us to focus on the breath for a few minutes. If we drift away from the breath into a daydream, or if we're distracted by … Continue reading It’s Not Just About Being Present
Ya know, we talk about it all the time, but what is the present? What is right now? This is important to ponder, because inhabiting the present moment isn't just a huge part of Zen, it's one of the foundations of secular mindfulness as well. Philosophical ruminations won't bring us very far with this question. … Continue reading What is the Present Moment?
"When the sun sets in the west, does it appear or disappear?" She paused for a moment, staring at me like I was an idiot. She's probably right. "Disappears." "When the sun sets in the West, does it come into existence or cease to exist?" After a genuinely thoughtful pause, she replied, "Neither." "Why?" "Because … Continue reading Enlightenment Isn’t Complicated