Stepping out of self-deception
October 17, 2010, 7:20 am
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I attended a Day of Mindfulness yesterday, with Rodney Smith, author of stepping out of self-deception–the buddha’s liberating teaching of no-self. What a wonderfully peaceful time it was, listening to Rodney speak, meditating as a group, eating together in silence, and hearing his answers to a few questions.

I’ve just started reading this book, and found this statement from the Introduction to be particularly enlightening:

“Spiritual practice is stepping out of the assumed reality of “me” by understanding what the “me” is and withdrawing energy from its perceptual fixations. The Buddha made the realization and integration of anatta* central to his teaching. We are without separate existence; that is a fact. When we align all our practices and efforts with this fact, the spiritual path becomes quite simple and transforms everything we do. All the monasteries, renunciations, restraints, skillful means, the full-lotus position, and nose-tip awareness, all of it, has only this intended purpose. An essential point will be stated many times in different ways throughout this book, and this is that we must be very careful not to carry the assumption of separation within the practices that have the intended purpose of stepping out of self-deception. If we do, we will be reinforcing our egoic conditioning and move in the opposite direction of the freedom of the Buddha.”

*The term anatta means no permanently abiding self or soul, and is at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching.

As I read through his book, I will continue to quote Rodney on this blog.

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Awareness remains
October 15, 2010, 11:58 am
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I sit,
in a quiet room
listening to silence

some discordant,
some melodic,
come and go

I get up,
go outside
and walk,
along a forest trail

Cool air,
like a whisper,
caresses my face,
of the coming winter

I stop,
close my eyes,
seeing nothing,
the forest dissolves
into darkness

Awareness remains
every moment,
sitting, walking
seeing or blind,
the observer
and the observed


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That which is awake…
October 14, 2010, 8:38 am
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That which is awake does not need religion or spiritual teachers.

That which (thinks it) is not (yet) awake
(thinks it) needs religion or gurus to help it awaken.

That which (thinks it) needs (help) to awaken will never awaken.

That which needs nothing is awake.

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Can you feel it?
October 10, 2010, 8:07 am
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Who you are, beneath all the opinions, resistance, judgment and belief, truly has no feeling one way or the other for the issues or discussions that seem so urgent to you. Discussion is for the ego. No problem with that. Realizing it, though, at the deepest level of being, is very liberating. One can continue on with a discussion, but the … urgency, angst, fear, anger or resentment–and the need to express opinions and to be ‘right’–it all falls away, leaving an almost unbearable lightness of being.

Can you feel it?

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…looking for God with his eyes
October 7, 2010, 8:26 am
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“The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.
You are looking for God with his eyes.”

Emptiness Dancing

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To be awake…
October 6, 2010, 9:09 am
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To be awake is simply to be here, present, with what is. No more, no less. ALL humans beings are here, present with what is, because the present moment is all there is. But the majority of humans don’t realize they are awake because their mind is making too much noise.

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October 4, 2010, 7:35 pm
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Self-knowledge is not a thing to be bought in books,
nor is it the outcome of a long painful practice and discipline;
it is awareness, from moment to moment.


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