Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart ~ Rodney Smith

Pub Date Mar 11 2014

An amazingly succinct and accessible answer to the question “What is enlightenment?”–from one of America’s most prominent teachers of Insight Meditation.

One of today’s most highly regarded Insight Meditation teachers describes the process of enlightenment in a way anyone can understand–demonstrating in clear language why we operate with the illusion of separation, how we can move out of it to the realization of emptiness and no-self, and how we can live from that state of awakening. He provides brief, powerful exercises that enable us to challenge the reality of our thoughts in order free ourselves from the illusion they keep us bound to, all the while steering us away from the temptation to regard spiritual practice as a process of self-improvement or a goal to be obtained.
RODNEY SMITH spent eight years in Buddhist monastic settings, both at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and during several years as a Buddhist monk in Asia. He ordained with Mahasi Sayadaw in Burma, then practiced for three years with Ajahn Buddhadassa in Thailand. He disrobed as a monk in 1983 and, after returning to the West, started working in hospice care and teaching Vipassana throughout the United States.

Rodney has devoted much of his energy to serving the dying—both in direct service positions and, until 2000, within hospice management. Since then Rodney has been a full-time dharma teacher conducting meditation classes and retreats and offering spiritual consultations. He serves as a guiding teacher for IMS and is the founding and guiding teacher for the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. He is author of the books Lessons from the Dying and Stepping Out of Self-Deception. His teaching emphasis is on awakening within the forms of daily lives.
The overall arching theme of the spiritual journey is the movement out of form into the formless. Click here to listen to Rodney Smith’s talk on “From Form To Formless

and HERE on “Arriving In The Here And Now” To arrive in the here and now means to acknowledge the truth of the present moment where we find ourselves. Most of us have found ways to avoid the present, so as to avoid facing difficulties. This talk identifies strategies we use to keep from arriving and explains how living with integrity will allow us to arrive more easily.

On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters ~ Matthieu Ricard

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that “when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.’” Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions.

The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche. They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path.

Born in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, an author, translator and photographer. He has lived, studied and worked in the Himalayan region for over forty years.

The son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu grew up among the personalities and ideas of Paris’ intellectual and artistic circles. He earned a Ph.D degree in cell genetics at the renowned Institut Pasteur under the Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. In 1967, he traveled to India to meet great spiritual masters from Tibet.

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Matthieu Ricard on the Habits of Happiness

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness. Interwoven with his talk are stunning photographs of the Himalayas and of his spiritual community.

Impermanence: Gelek Rimpoche at the Garrison Institute

T.S. Eliot, Vedanta, and Buddhism [Hardcover] P. S. Sri (Author)

T.S. Eliot’s deep interest in Indian philosophical systems has long been acknowledged, but surprisingly little exploration of their influence on his poetry and drama has been undertaken. In T.S. Eliot, Vedanta, and Buddhism, Sri juxtaposes the essential perceptions of Indian thought with Eliot’s work to illuminate his vision of the human condition.

Years after his Harvard studies in Sanskrit and philosophy and his decision not to embrace the subject in the conventional academic sense, Eliot explained that his ‘only hope of penetrating to the heart of the mystery would lie in forgetting how to think and feel as an American or a European.’ But, though he was committed to Christian doctrine and an ‘occidental personality,’ Eliot realized that his poetry showed the influence of Indian thought and sensibility.

Sri notes all the direct references to the Hindu and Buddhist texts from The Waste Land and Four Quartets through The Cocktail Party, but his main concern is to show Eliot’s implicit fusion of Indian philosophical themes and symbols with the Western worldview in an organic whole. This work highlights another dimension of his search for a unifying principle in the universe.

About the Author
P.S. Sri is an associate professor in the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Royal Roads Military College.

Table of Contents


1. Impermanence and Suffering
2. The Wheel
3. Craving and Maya
4. The Still Point


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Royal Military College of Canada

What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying ~ Dr.Karen Wyatt,0,193x302/ What Really Matters chronicles the life transformations experienced by Dr. Karen Wyatt and her patients and their family members during hospice care. This book of beautiful and uplifting stories about the lessons learned from the dying is also a guidebook for those who are feeling lost or hopeless about their lives in this contemporary world.

What Really Matters reveals how the confusing maze of the suffering and pain at the time of death can lead to the ultimate destination of meaning, purpose, and growth for both the dying and the living. Read this book-it has the power to change the way you see everything about:. the meaning of suffering. recognizing life’s priorities. letting go of limiting beliefs and past traumas. the true purpose of existence. the key to unlocking the flow of grace. transcending fear

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What Really Matters – Book Trailer.m4v This world is rapidly changing before our eyes as the planet and its societies enter a state of upheaval. Our old values of materialism and success can no longer sustain us through this crisis as we seek to discover what really matters for our lives.

“What Really Matters” is a book of stories from people at the end of life to teach us how to live and where to focus our energy. These are spiritual lessons that can help us navigate troubled times, embrace our suffering and live in the present moment. Music: “Rising” by Kevin MacLeod Photos Courtesy of NASA, US Navy, US DOE, and numerous photographers generous enough to share their work on the public domain. Thank You!

Karen M. Waytt M.D. – What Really Matters

Living as a River ~ Bodhipaksa

To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change.

The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism’s traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self—the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self that supports the realization of:

>A sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that transcends the limitations of the physical body
>Profound gratitude, awe, and a feeling of belonging as we witness the extent of our connectedness with the universe
>Freedom from the psychological burden caused by clinging to a false identity
>The relaxed experience of “consciousness, pure and bright”

Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.
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Bodhipaksa was born Graeme Stephen in Scotland, and currently lives and teaches in New Hampshire. He is a Buddhist teacher and author who has been practicing within the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order since 1982, and has been a member of the Western Buddhist Order since 1993. He runs the online meditation center, whose mission is to increase awareness of the positive effects of meditation.

Bodhipaksa on “Living as a River”

“Living as a River” is a book about embracing change.

“To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change.”

Why Did Buddha Get Enlightened Under The Tree? Ask Deepak Chopra

Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree, which is now known as the Tree of Enlightenment or the Tree of Knowledge, and meditated for a long time. What happened in the time he spent under the tree? Deepak poetically describes what Buddha may have seen and explores what we can learn from this experience – including interdependent co-arising, acausal origin, impermanence, and more.

The Wonder of Being ~ Jeff Forster

What if life is infinitely simpler than you ever imagined? We spend our lives seeking wealth, success, love, fulfillment, and even ‘spiritual enlightenment’ in the future. Yet right at the heart of life there is an intimacy, a simplicity, a wholeness that is totally beyond words – and which cannot be reached through any kind of effort. In our attempts to change, to improve ourselves, or become ‘enlightened’, we end up ignoring this wordless intimacy which is our birthright and our true home.

THE WONDER OF BEING points to the eternal freedom which exists beyond the seeker and the sought, and shows us the hidden assumptions that underlie our seeking activities. With great humour, compassion and clarity, Jeff Foster reminds us of something we have always known – that life, as it is, is a miracle… and beyond our thoughts, we are already free.

This is a combined and revised edition of Jeff Foster’s first books ‘Life Without a Centre’ and ‘Beyond Awakening’.

BEYOND WORDS……………………………………………………….1
A WALK IN THE RAIN……………………………………………..45
THE SOURCE…………………………………………………………….61
THE END OF THE SEARCH……………………………………..91
THE FIRE OF NOT KNOWING………………………………127
LOVE AND DEATH…………………………………………………151
NIGHT AND DAY……………………………………………………195

About this author

Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of “spiritual enlightenment”, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years.

The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear seeing that there is only ever Oneness. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, clear, joyful and fully alive, and Jeff began to write and talk about “nonduality” (which he often calls “the utterly, utterly obvious”).

He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life.

Jeff Foster – The Wonder of Being – Video Book Review from the Enlightenment Dudes

A video book review of Jeff Foster’s book “The Wonder of Being” by the Enlightenment Dudes.

Life as it “IS”, Jeff Foster

Buddha Speaks to the Buddha Nature Within by Rashmi Khilnani

Designed to provide powerful transformational healing through the words of the Buddha,”the Indian spiritual leader who lived more than two thousand years ago” this book explores how the wisdom of the past can be understood and applied in the here and now, providing important insights into our world.

Author Rashmi Khilnani, an expert on the Ascended Masters, emphasizes many of the historical Buddha’s teachings on detachment and the causes of pain, suffering, and ignorance, placing them in a contemporary context for the modern reader. Topics include bringing meditation into every aspect of your life, including eating, sleeping, and waking; and becoming centered in detached awareness.

Buddha Speaks is a simple, highly accessible, down-to-earth road map for everyone who seeks spiritual wisdom.

Rashmi Khilnani – Buddha Speaks to the Buddha Nature Within

Ultimately the Buddha is not a person with a small “i” or a big “I”; the Buddha is a force field of wisdom energy, a wisdom available within the deepest inner space of silence that exists within each and every one of us.

This books provides powerful transformational healing through the keys of the Buddha teachings, and brings deep insights into the present time about how the wisdom of the past can be translated into the here and now. It emphasizes many of the historical Buddha’s teachings on detachment and the causes of pain, suffering and ignorance, while placing them in a contemporary context. If you wish to bring meditation into your eating, sleeping, waking states of being; inf your intention is to become centered in detached awareness in all realms of your life; if you wish for practical down-to-earth and simple ways in which to walk your talk and bring spiritual wisdom into the here and now, this is the book for you.

For all students of the Buddha teachings, for those who seek peace and conscious awareness, and for all souls seeking grounded enlightenment in the run-up to the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, here is the road map to follow.

RASHMI KHILNANI is the author of The Divine Mother Speaks: The Healing of the Human Heart. She is an international teacher of Usui, Tibetan, Karuna, Raku Kei, and Original 7 Degree Reiki Master Teachers and practitioners. She has been channeling the Ascended Masters for the last fifteen years, and making these teachings simple and accessible to people at all levels.

The Zen Mind – An Introduction

This is a clip from The Zen Mind documentary, filmed in Japan. It serves as a nice overview of zen – a topic very few people can fully understand. EmptyMind Films.


Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (b.1952) was recognised by Karmapa XVI as a reincarnate lama of Rigul monastery. He holds the Kagyu title of Khenpo and Nyingma title of Lopon Chenpo. A professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years, Rinpoche authored a noted work on the non-sectarian Rime movement. His fluent English and congenial teaching style is appreciated worldwide. He founded Bodhicharya, an international organization that coordinates the preservation & transmission of Buddhist teachings with intercultural dialogue, education & social projects.