Published on Apr 11, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert discusses the common pitfall during meditation of trying to locate awareness as an object.
Published on Apr 11, 2014
While in states of bliss, or Samadhi, Mirabai Devi experiences oneness with the Divine, which she terms Unity Consciousness. She has captured the insights and truths that have come to her during these enlightenment experiences in the form of short texts designed to by-pass the busy lower mind and awaken our deeper inner knowing. They are best pondered as meditations, allowing the truths to radiate within and take root.
Mirabai Devi is an international spiritual teacher, conduit for healing, author, and the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to her mission of raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, from a very young age Mirabai saw the suffering in humanity which spurred a deep opening in her heart and filled her with compassion. Her earliest training came directly from the Divine Light and the beings of Light [Masters] who appeared before her when she was a child. They came to teach and prepare her for her future healing mission. Later, she journeyed to India and throughout the West, studying with teachers from varied spiritual traditions. Her work is non-denominational, incorporating all the knowledge she has received and that which she has experienced directly. Mirabai’s programs include spiritual teachings, guided meditation, healing, devotional singing and the transmission of the Divine Light, called Darshan. She encourages all who come to focus on the light of God within in order to directly experience their own divine nature. Her programs and group healings have transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. The Mirabai Devi Foundation has expanded its humanitarian outreach, giving donations to several AIDS orphanages in Mirabai’s home country of South Africa, as well as offering funding toward educational scholarships.
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Mirabai Devi – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Mirabai Devi is an international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healer, author, and the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to her mission of raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity.
Mirabai Devi is a new paradigm spiritual teacher. Her teachings emphasize the importance of spiritual practice for self-realization, combined with a commitment to personal growth. She recognizes the importance of people working through their patterns and issues by means of self-reflection with the aim of becoming impeccable. As a conduit for the Divine Feminine, Mirabai’s approach is receptive and inclusive, rather than dogmatic. She favors interaction, rather than hierarchy. More…
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.
From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.
Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.
Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His latest book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, will be published 9/9/14.
Mr. Harris’s writing has been published in more than 15 languages. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.
Mr. Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
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Sam Harris “Waking Up: Science, Skepticism, Spirituality”
Sam Harris – ‘Waking Up’ A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion
Published on Sep 12, 2014
Sam Harris is the man and he is back. He’s making the rounds for his latest book ‘Waking Up’, and he’s delivering interviews like this along the way. His ability to concisely and with great lucidity express himself never ceases to amaze. It makes me wonder if I should spend 3 months on retreat in total silence thinking about what I want to say next.
He just sent me a signed copy of the book and it’s in route to me out here in Germany. I’m excited to read it and dive into his brain for awhile.
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In these timeless works, Patanjali, Buddha, Lao Tsu, and other great masters of the Way speak with resonant authority on man’s deepest questions, and offer explicit instructions for how an earnest seeker of Truth should conduct his or her search and life. These insightful new versions by Bart Marshall are presented without commentary. Clear and poetic, yet intensely faithful to the language and nuance of the originals, they invite direct communion with the masters, and vibrate with revelatory self-evidence that resonates in the mind and heart long after reading.
Bart Marshall has a Self Inquiry Discussion Group who meet regularly in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also has a book of translations entitled The Perennial Way: New English Versions of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Astavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. The Perennial Way contains six translations of spiritual classics.
Verses from the Faith Mind Sutra
Bart Marshall reads verses of the Faith Mind Sutra from his book The Perennial Way: New English Version of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Ashtavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. Faith Mind Sutra is attributed to the Third Chinese Patriarch of Zen – Seng Ts’an – and is one of the earliest Zen writings. Marshall’s eloquent interpretation reveals the power of these texts to point towards that which is Real. The Perennial Way – published by TAT Foundation Press and available from Amazon.com and your local bookseller.
Bart Marshall ‘Only This Emptiness’ – Interview by Iain McNay
Published on Sep 11, 2014
Bart Marshall ‘Only This Emptiness’ – Interview by Iain McNay
In the Vietnam War a mortar landed nearby that blew Bart into a clear and brilliant blackness that, “Felt like home. I would have gladly stayed in that blackness, but instead I was brought back into a world I could no longer view in the same way.”
When he returned in 1968 he experimented with LSD, read everything he could find that might offer clues to what had happened to him, studied meditation and attended workshops. After 20 years he hit a wall as a seeker and then met the teacher Richard Rose whom he studied with for 5 years. It was after a weekend with Douglas Harding that a breakthrough finally happened… “Being the source of everything that is nothing – everything and nothing, only this emptiness.”
Great talk that broadens our perspective about why it really means to allow everything to be as it is, loving what is, non-seperation and becoming the situation that you’re in. To Unite and merge with what is.
The talk is from Boulder Intensive, August 2010.
Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.
Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.
“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.
Be yourself. Simple advice – or is it? What does it mean to be oneself fully? How do we discover and live the truth of who we are in our essence?
On The Self in Full Bloom, Mukti presents six sessions of deep inquiry and guided meditation intended to support embodied awakening – or the pure expression of both our human and our divine natures. The process of awakening involves dynamic and receptive energetics that color our experience from moment to moment.
Through more than seven hours of teaching, Mukti eloquently describes the dance of these masculine and feminine qualities, illuminates the subtle challenges and gifts inherent in each, and points us to their ultimate union in our own unique expression of the wholeness that is already here. “There is an aspect of you that is not at odds with itself,” teaches Mukti. “That part of your nature that expresses harmoniously all the facets of what you are.” The Self in Full Bloom will help you firmly root yourself in the ground of Being while you flower fearlessly in alignment with the whole of life. Introduction by Adyashanti.
Mukti is an associate teacher at Open Gate Sangha, which she cofounded with her husband Adyashanti in 1996. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga. In her own teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to truth. Visit adyashanti.org for more.
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Mukti – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Mukti – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Published on Sep 8, 2014
Mukti, whose name means “liberation”, is a teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Together they founded Open Gate Sangha in 1996 to cultivate the awakening of consciousness in those who yearn for truth, peace, and freedom. In teaching, Mukti brings flavors of feminine quietude and nurturing as well as kinesthetic, visual, and precise pointers to Truth. Many speak of her being particularly gifted in her offering of guided meditations. Her keen interest as a teacher is in revelation of consciousness touching and transforming human experience. She is licensed in acupuncture and certified in yoga instruction. For sample teachings, audio clips and downloads, and further information, visit muktisource.org.
How do you live a life of spiritual awakening as well as outer abundance, inner freedom as well as deep intimacy? How do you serve the world selfessly, yet passionately celebrate your life?
The sages of Tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti—the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga— these gifts can manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of our inner feminine energies.
When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with greater mastery, and move through the world with skill and delight. In Awakening Shakti, you will learn how to recognize and invite:
- Kali, bringer of strength, fierce love, and untamed freedom
- Lakshmi, who confers prosperity and beautySaraswati, for clarity of communication and intuition
- Radha, who carries the divine energy of spiritual longing
- Bhuvaneshvari, who creates the space for sacred transformation
- Parvati, to awaken creativity and the capacity to love
With a wealth of meditations, visualizations, mantras, teachings, and beautifully told stories, Awakening Shakti provides a practical guide for activating the currents of the divine feminine in every aspect of your life.
Sally Kempton is a master of meditation, yoga philosophy, and practical tantric philosophy. Her retreats and workshops are known for creating breakthroughs, born of her ability to help people turn sublime truths into lived, and life-shifting, experience. Sally spent 20 years as a swami in a Vedic order, and has been studying and teaching spiritual wisdom for 40 years. She is the author of Meditation for the Love of It, a seminal book on basic meditation practice, and writes the popular Yoga Journal column, Wisdom. Learn more at sallykempton.com.
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Sally Kempton – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Published on Aug 25, 2014
Sally Kempton is a deeply practiced teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy, and the author of the books Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti: as well as the audio course Doorways to the Infinite, recently put out by Sounds True.. A former swami in the Saraswati order of India, she has been practicing and teaching devotional contemplative tantra for more than 40 years. Her teaching is powerfully sourced in the eastern meditative traditions of yoga and Kashmir Shaivism, yet highly contemporary in her focus on evolutionary practice. She offers a powerful transmission of meditative experience.
Books: Meditation for the Love of It Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga Doorways to the Infinite: The Art and Practice of Tantric Meditation (audio program)
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healingdaily.com – Oprah Winfrey discusses her experience with Transcendental Meditation.
Deepak Chopra’s Top 8 Meditation Tips – Super Soul Sunday – Oprah Winfrey Network
Is there a best time of day to meditate? How much time do you need to meditate each day? Watch as Deepak Chopra answers your most burning meditation FAQs.
Although Fairfield’s longtime residents were relieved to see that their new neighbors were clean-cut and respectably dressed—not the wild-haired, drug-using hippies they had feared—the newcomers nevertheless quickly began to remake the town. Stores selling exotic goods popped up, TM followers built odd-looking homes that modeled the guru’s rules for peace-inspiring architecture, and the new university knocked down a historic chapel, even as it erected massive golden-domed buildings for meditators. Some newcomers got elected—and others were defeated—when they ran for local and statewide offices. At times, thousands from across the globe visited the small town.
Yet Transcendental Meditation did not always achieve its aims of personal and social tranquility. Suicides and a murder unsettled the meditating community over the years, and some followers were fleeced by con men from their own ranks. Some battled a local farmer over land use and one another over doctrine. Notably, the world has not gotten more peaceful.
Today the guru is dead. His followers are graying, and few of their children are moving into leadership roles. The movement seems rudderless, its financial muscle withering, despite the efforts of high-profile supporters such as filmmaker David Lynch and media magnate Oprah Winfrey. Can TM reinvent itself? And what will be the future of Fairfield itself? By looking closely at the transformation of this small Iowa town, author Joseph Weber assesses the movement’s surprisingly potent effect on Western culture, sketches out its peculiar past, and explores its possible future.
Joseph Weber, the Jerry and Karla Huse Professor of News-Editorial and associate professor of journalism, worked in magazines and newspapers for 35 years. He spent most of that time, 22 years, reporting and writing for BusinessWeek, starting as a correspondent in Dallas and then running the magazine’s bureaus in Philadelphia, Toronto and Chicago. He took on the role of chief of correspondents for the organization in early 2006, serving until the summer of 2009.
Before BW, Weber reported and wrote for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Dun’s Business Month in New York City and The Home News in New Brunswick, N.J. He has a B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.S.J. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught business and economic reporting, multimedia journalism, magazine writing, editorial writing and basic reporting.
During the fall 2011 semester, Weber taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a visiting professor in the Global Business Journalism program. He holds an Excellence in Financial Journalism Award from the New York State Society of CPAs, as well as two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Headline Club of Chicago, a Distinguished Editorial Achievement Award from McGraw-Hill, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Journalism Award and the Morton Margolin Prize from the University of Denver. He is also a 16-time marathoner.
His book, “Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa,” will be published in 2014 by the University of Iowa Press.
While we are more and more familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, The Heart of Zen takes a gradual, step-by-step approach to what has become a vexing problem in spiritual circles.
What is missing is integration. If awakening truly transforms every part of the life of a person, where are we getting stuck? How can negative emotions like anger, shame, envy, and jealousy continue to arise? How do our relative egos relate to the Zen teaching of Emptiness, and what does this mean for our intimate relationships, our emotional bodies, our views of the world and its problems?
The Heart of Zen represents the next generation of spiritual books because it addresses awakening and spiritual life within the context of creating lasting change through the integration of spiritual insight into the flow and flux of everyday life. Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi explains how well trained meditation students may learn to be nonreactive to emotions, but they seldom learn how to transform their negative emotions (and the ego that holds them) as part of a more deeply integrated, lived spirituality. This book describes precisely what this means in great detail and with exercises for the reader to follow. Part discussion on these intricate topics and part experiential guide, The Heart of Zen offers a one-of-a-kind take on enlightenment, emotional maturity, and the integration required to take one’s seat in true liberation.
UN PO (pronounced June Poe) DENIS KELLY ROSHI is the 83rd Patriarch of Rinzai Zen, having received inka from Eido Shimano Roshi in 1992 at the age of 50. Jun Po has been teaching Zen ever since that time and has built an international community called Mondo Zen that spans the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His extraordinary life was detailed in the biography A Heart Blown Open (Divine Arts Media, 2012), which has just been used as the basis of a screenplay. Ken Wilber said, “…this is the story of our times, an absolute must read for anyone with even a passing interest in human evolution…”
KEITH MARTIN-SMITH is the author of three additional books, including the award-winning A Heart Blown Open. In addition to writing, he also teaches Shaolin Kung Fu and is an ordained Zen priest.
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What is Awakened Mind
unPo Roshi addresses the question: What is Awakened Mind?
JunPo Roshi is the Abbott of the Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order. He has brought the ancient tradition of Koan training into the 21st century and into the heart of western culture in a process he calls Mondo Zen.
Genpo Roshi on Why We Suffer
Genpo Roshi, Part 1 – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Genpo is a long-time Zen practitioner, now Master, who has developed the “Big Mind Process”, through which “Novice participants without any formal meditation training can have profound spiritual experiences with persistent enhancement of well-being…”. The interview was interrupted by technical difficulties after about an hour, so we agreed to do a “Part 2″ in a couple of weeks.
Ever hear someone say, I cut my cords every day?
So unnecessary, when a person has skill at cutting cords of attachment.
This book can teach you how to cut one cord of attachment one time… and have the healing be so permanent that you will never have a cord of attachment to that person again for the rest of your life. Benefits go far, far beyond merely cleansing your aura or aligning your chakras.
Also, this book can educate you as a consumer. Or, if you wish, you can use Cut Cords of Attachment to develop professional quality skills.
The first edition was a first in American publishing. Cut Cords of Attachment, Second Edition, offers instructions, a sound theory base, and all the other components required to master a life-changing skill set.
Besides pioneering techniques to cut cords, Rosetree’s book is the first in English to describe chakra databanks, a very practical development within the field of energetic literacy (a.k.a. aura reading).
Rosetree’s 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment® are explained here in a highly readable way, filled with real-life examples, laugh-out-loud humor, and practical techniques. Rosetree’s goal was to write a definitive how-to that helps you to cut cords of attachment for yourself and also family members and friends.
This second edition contains refinements that include a full section on making contact with Divine Beings in order to co-create healing.
A pioneer in energetic literacy, Rose Rosetree has developed a variety of skill sets that improve quality of life in very human ways.
EMPATH EMPOWERMENT(R) is a practical system that uses consciousness to turn empath gifts OFF or ON, by choice.
* “Become the Most Important Person in the Room” is recommended as the more practical title in this growing field. Informing this quick program for empath skills, Rose Rosetree’s workshops for empaths on three continents and 10 years of personal healing sessions for empaths on six continents.
* “Empowered by Empathy” is available in paperback and audiobook editions. It was the first book in English for empaths and offers powerful concepts, useful skills, and the largest collection in print of techniques for Skilled Empath Merge.
12 Steps to CUT CORDS OF ATTACHMENT(R) is the first (and, so far, only) book in English about this healing specialty.
Rose Rosetree – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
During her 42nd year as a teacher and healer in mind-body-spirit, Rose Rosetree added one new job title, Enlightenment Coach.
Rose’s ongoing body of work so far has opened up several innovative systems:
In Energetic Literacy, Rose makes available: Aura Reading Through All Your Senses The NEW Power of Face Reading
For healing with Energy Spirituality, resources include: Cut Cords of Attachment: Heal Yourself and Others with Energy Spirituality Use Your Power of Command for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection Opening the Field of Empath Empowerment(R)
Rose offers: Become The Most Important Person in the Room Empowered by Empathy: 25 Ways to Fly in Spirit
Rose Rosetree doing Skilled Empath Merge
Rose Rosetree doing Skilled Empath Merge in 2005
Additional resources for you, Seekers of Buddha at the Gas Pump, include Workshops Personal sessions for healing The Energy Spirituality Mentoring Program A blog about “Deeper Perception Made Practical” And this interview with Rick Archer.
If You’re Curious, Relevant Stats for Rose include: Number of Rose’s clients who moved into Enlightenment by Nov. 2012: 6 Number of participants on Rose’s Personal Enlightenment Life List by Nov. 26, 2012: 158 Comments at blog “Deeper Perception Made Practical”: 12,101 Books by Rose Rosetree selected by One Spirit Book Club: 2 Copies of Rose’s books in print worldwide: 300,000 Number of media interviews, including this one for Buddha at the Gas Pump: 996
Rose previews this interview: Listing my personal highlights from this time-flew-by interview with Rick Archer: Answering questions like, –
“What makes you think you can tell if people are Enlightened or not?”
and “Could a person be Enlightened without knowing it?”
Describing the three unique scriptures that can be created by each human being. Aura reading research of someone Enlightened who needed to resort to a bit of light fibbing. (This pull-out of an energetic hologram was a first in Rose’s experience of Energetic Literacy.) Finally, finally, an interviewer asked me to explain how energetic literacy can be taught in a manner that doesn’t involve psychic development but, rather, helps a person to “Capture the fort.” Three cheers for Rick Archer!
As yoga gains popularity across the U.S., many people are becoming interested in its traditional Vedic roots. While Buddhist meditation is well represented on bookshelves, there has been little Vedantic philosophy written in lay terms until now. Author David Frawley guides readers through the challenges of cultivating awareness, calming the mind, and practicing meditation according to Vedanta and Hinduism.
He examines how cultural knowledge systems in the West lead individuals to disillusionment, and speaks about how meditation can aid in understanding the true nature of one’s thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Frawley explores meditation support practices such as yoga, mantras, kundalini, and pranayama, as well as the role of gurus, and concludes with a short, more technical essay on self-inquiry.
David Frawley (or Pandit Vāmadeva Śāstrī वामदेव शास्त्री) is a Vedic teacher and educator with numerous books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.vedanet.com), which offers courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga and meditation, and Vedic astrology. He is also involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. His work is high respected in traditional circles in India, where he has received many awards, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations.
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Vedic Knowledge Integration with David Frawley
Encrich your life with Vedic Wisdom at Banglore Ashram.
How to be successful by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Management Mantras interview with Alok Kejriwal
Watch Sri Sri share his journey with Alok Kejriwal, CEO, Games2Win.
As the founder of the world’s largest volunteer based NGO, Sri Sri’s insights serve as valuable guide to any budding start-up entrepreneur.
These management mantras are worth learning for anyone looking for the secrets to success while managing a start-up.
Published on May 23, 2014
Response to a question on Self-Awareness in relation to experiences in meditative states. Excerpt from the ‘Luminous & Self-Aware’ gathering at RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, Venice, Los Angeles CA. May 3rd, 2014