Seven Guides

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Mystery WomanThis series of essays, about insights I have gained during direct experiences in meditative states and the guidelines that I distilled from my reflections upon them over the years, is called “Seven Guides,” and is excerpted from the introduction to a forthcoming book.

These guides are idiosyncratic in the sense that they are not derived from spiritual teachings that I have received or read, but come from my own direct experiences. Not being a part of any spiritual tradition over the course of my life when most of these experiences occurred, and being new to Buddhism, I have found most of the terminology used in Buddhist circles (and teachings) to be very difficult to pin down as to their originally intended meanings. Words like “emptiness” seemingly have a “flavor of the day” meaning in most conversations, and so I have continued in my own direction, finding English words that fit my experiences and insights, rather than fitting my experiences and insights to someone else’s words. You may find this disturbing, but given the widespread knowledge of Buddhist teachings and the apparent lack of widespread experience of actual meditative insights, I am sharing this.

The first part is Reality and Existence

Photo by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke, Germany.
This series was originally published on Levekunst.com starting in early February of 2016.

2 Responses to “Seven Guides”

  1. james Mckinzie says:

    I agree. People should put the words to there own experiences in their own language. There is a habit of people using the words of others to demonstrate their understanding. The need to come to some agreement on terms is at the forefront of the discussion of Transcendental Teachings. There is a mistaken belief that this is a purely oriental art form. Western Christian Dogma eliminated the Mystical aspect from its Doctrine at the time of Nicea. I do not know a lot about Buddhism and my inquiries, beyond several good books, is limited. Currently looking at pre-historic religions. My approach to the ineffable most resembles Ken Wilbur’s. So I try to avoid him. LOL. Perhaps we will chat. Congratulations on the success in your efforts. BODHI

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