This week's collected teachings focus on the area of surrender and peace. More than just talking about letting go, giving up or surrendering, I am questioning these ideas a little bit. Analyzing these concepts without putting them into practice is an error. Practicing without understanding the mechanics is an error as well. Nowadays many people simply accept teachings that are presented to them online by charismatic spiritual leaders. The practice of surrender and the reflection on suchness are very profound topics, apparently simple and thus easy to misunderstand.
My own understanding of these points is very limited and I am contemplating them from the viewpoint of a practitioner trying to implement them properly. As I say again and again, the path is a humbling experience. It gradually takes away what we usually rely on while replacing the gap with new skills and habits that are wholesome and beneficial. Practicing just to let go is an error. Devoting all time to cultivation is an error as well. Surrender has to go hand-in-hand with cultivation. There should be such a balance in order to avoid common pitfalls on this profound and beautiful path.
Our Two Weekly Audio Teachings
Here we list our two recordings from last week's classes. The classes are held every week at the Phuket Meditation Center and are for free. Everyone is welcome to join! You can find out more about the free sessions on this page: Free Meditation Classes. we hope to see you soon :)
EPISODE 159: Knowing Suchness
One aspect of the teachings of the Buddha is concerned with Suchness, the way it is. If we become aware of the way it is we are in a position to make peace with it. In fact, people suffer because they are at war with Suchness.
EPISODE 160: The Permission to Experience Truth
All too often we are suffering because we are not allowing certain things to exist. There is not much we can do about old-age, illness, death, separation and pain. Fighting against what we are experiencing is prolonging the agony.
This Week's Blog: Sillful Surrender - Finding Peace
In this article I would like to encourage deeper reflection on the topic of surrender and finding peace. As the idea of surrender is gaining popularity we could ask questions such as: "What do we surrender to?" and "Why or when should we surrender?" or even "What is it that surrenders?". I find the that the spiritual path is a deeply humbling experience. The longer I walk on it, the less certain I feel about those shiny things that concepts, ideas emotions and thoughts are trying to sell me. In a world of scrolling, swiping and rushing I encourage to stop and reflect properly. Accepting a statement because it sounds "inspiring" might well be like ingesting poison because it tastes good.
This Week's Little Insight: Presence as a Direct Path
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