Tag Archive: religion

The Practical Illusion of Self

Hi … I haven’t posted for a long time, largely because, this being question-based blog, most of the questions I’ve been sent of late have already been responded to in other posts, which… Continue reading

Thinking is not Necessarily Knowing.

QUESTION: Hi Roger, Just wanted to touch base on something that’s happened. I’ve been meditating for a long time using a Samatha type method and only recently switched to the Vipassana methods in… Continue reading

Walking the Walk

A lot of people think meditation is all about sitting still in a quiet darkened room for long periods of time – and for sure, a lot of methods do indeed concentrate on… Continue reading

Forget Enlightenment … It’s Already Here.

Every so often I get asked about enlightenment – or nibbana, or nirvana – all of which Wikipedia describes as: ” … a spiritual revelation or deep insight into the meaning and purpose of all things, communication with… Continue reading

Just do It. Do What? Stop!

A nice little film which, perhaps, over-rhapsodises the benefits of meditation, but nevertheless, it’s quite motivating. ‘Practical Meditation Audio Course’ – a complete set of meditation lessons to be downloaded as a package of MP3′s… Continue reading

The Problem of Other People

Sartre once said in a play he wrote, “Hell is other people.”  and indeed, when it comes to meditation, hell can sometimes be other people. particularly when they don’t understand what you’re doing,… Continue reading

Between the Thoughts

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people complaining about how they cannot stop thinking in meditation. They have the view that in some way, meditation should be helping them to stop… Continue reading

A Few Lines Light up The Mind

Sometimes just one sentence can light us up and reveal whole neural patterns of insight that we never knew we knew – a combination of words and the rhythm they’re written with or… Continue reading

Accept the Struggle

Most people struggle with meditation, either with the posture or with an attention that just won’t sit still – not to mention the skeins of thinking that just won’t let you alone. It’s important you… Continue reading

Get Some Sleep!!!

People keep asking me about sleep – how to sleep when they can’t, whether meditation can be used to replace sleep, or whether meditating will make it such that they don’t NEED to… Continue reading

Free download of Acharn Chah’s Teachings

Though I never had the opportunity to practice with Acharn Chah, I wish I had, because his understanding of meditation, and the tricky mental obstacle course it can be when we practice it,… Continue reading

The Warrior and The Horse

The following is an excerpt from my book, ‘Love & Imagination’ (which you can download free from my website – HERE) And the reason I”m posting it here is because it responds to a common problem… Continue reading

Meditation is not the Destination

The skill of meditating is not for its own sake.  We are not meditating to be excellent meditators.  We’re meditating to have excellent lives. Meditation’s just a method, a tool after all –… Continue reading

The Natural Mind – A Lecture by Acharn Chah

Acharn Chah passed away a long time ago, but his words still ring with perfect clarity. This soundtrack is a reading from his book, ‘The Natural Mind’, and I suppose it might be… Continue reading

Mindfulness Meditation Creates ‘Happy’ Brain

“Last year, a Harvard study confirmed that there’s a clear connection between mind wandering and unhappiness. Not only did  the study find that if you’re awake, your mind is wandering almost half the time, it… Continue reading

Recommended Meditation Centers in SE Asia for Intensive Meditation

Audio Course Participant’s Question: “I have been practising vipassana meditation for over a year now and want to delve deeper into it…have you got any places you can recommend for a retreat?” …………………………………………………………………………………… Continue reading

The Main Game of Meditation

In a culture like ours, which values excitement and novelty above most other things, a lot of people come to meditation looking for exactly that – the novelty, the new, the wow factor.… Continue reading

Where Science and Buddhist Mind Meet

All too often, Buddhism gets lumped in with the other religions, Hinduism in particular.  But even though Buddhist view arose from within a Hindu environment, Gautama Buddha’s insight went far beyond the god-oriented… Continue reading

Essential Reading for Meditation

I found this extraordinary resource in my wanderings on the net.  It’s called Dhamma Talks.net and all of the greatest teachers of Mindfulness meditation are here … what they wrote, what they said… Continue reading

The Difference between Samatha and Vipassana Meditation Methods

Audio Course Participant’s Question: “I’ve been looking for information about Vipassana meditation and I keep noticing another method called Samatha meditation, so I’m wondering what the difference is between them.  As far as… Continue reading

Meditation this Morning

Had an interesting meditation today, which I think I”ll share with you … it might be helpful, one never knows. The thing with meditation is it’s always different. The things that happen, the… Continue reading

How Did I Go From Being in a Band to Being a Meditation Trainer?

Audio Course Participant’s Question:   “I am working through the Basic Relaxation lesson and exercise this week..really like the clear instructions…oh and have to ask after reading your bio on your site…how did… Continue reading