Tag Archives: freedom-from-the-known

A. H. Almass on Sinking Your Boats and becoming the Universal Heretic

As readers of this blog know, from time to time I like to share insights from spiritual paths other than Buddhism—inspiring poetry of Rumi, Kabir, and Mary Oliver: Rumi Poem-“Quietness” and “No Longer Mourn for Me” (music) Kabir-“I Said to the Wanting-creature Inside Me” (music) “The Journey”-A Poem for the New Year by Mary Oliver […]

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“The Journey”- A Poem for Beginning a New Year by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is a poet I often turn to for comfort, inspiration, and insight. This poem, “The Journey,” just might be my favorite.  For some time now, I’ve read it every year on New Year’s Day. It speaks of great beginnings—of quiet revolution!—of starting the great journey we all have to begin some day, if […]

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Meditation is About Our Whole Life, not Just the Inner Workings of the Mind

In this essay, I want to look into how we can broaden and deepen our understanding of meditation, so that it encompasses more of our life and isn’t just something we do “on the cushion.”  I’ve found the meditation instruction of J. Krishnamurti especially helpful in gaining this broader view, and so I share some […]

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Krishnamurti-Fear of Death is Really Fear of Life

Death & Life J. Krishnamurti You cannot be frightened of the unknown because you do not know what the unknown is and so there is nothing to be afraid of. Death is a word, and it is the word, the image, that creates fear. So can you look at death without the image of death? […]

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Krishnamurti on Nonviolence

J. Krishnamurti is a spiritual teacher that I often return to and wrestle with!  Here are some past posts on him: Krishnamurti-An Uncompromising Teacher Krishnamurti-Freedom from the Known Krishnamurti Talks About Nature I always come away the better for my encounters with this remarkable teacher, and I always learn new and skillful ways to look […]

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Becoming Simple and Transparent in our Spiritual Life

From A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield: Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent As you reflect on your spiritual life you can ask yourself: What do you know in your heart about the truth of life? Do you actually need more knowledge than this, or […]

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Heaven-I’ll Believe It When I See It For Myself (music)

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, challenged, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics tell only part the story; the music and voices complete […]

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Reaction to Seung Sahn-the Buddha laughed!

Yesterday’s post, “True God, True Buddha” sparked a lot of visits. Any time you have something like “true God” in a title, that’s sure to pique people’s interest. Some come out of curiosity. Some come to argue and defend the “true faith.” And some just wonder what in the heck a Buddhist site might be […]

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A Koan on Life and Death and What is Permanent

I came upon this koan this morning, and it felt like a perfect follow-up to yesterday’s post: Groundhog Day and the serious problem of impermanence May this koan be a gentle nudge, or thunderclap, that leads to awakening—just this. Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed — that is human. When you are born, where do you come […]

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Krishnamurti On Being a Light to Oneself

The Buddha – Be A Lamp Unto Yourself “Be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to […]

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Metta Music-This Morning I Am Born Again

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics tell only part the story; the beautiful music and voice complete […]

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Krishnamurti-Freedom from the Known

Krishnamurti—Freedom from the Known If you enjoyed the excerpt from Krishnamurti’s “Freedom from the Known,” you can download and read the full text at my Wisdom page: Metta Refuge: Wisdom Page or you can download it directly here in Microsoft Word format: Krishnamurti – Freedom from the Known ♥♥♥

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Krishnamurti Talks about Nature

Krishnamurti Talks about Nature If you want to get a feel for the kind of mindfulness and love Krishnamurti is pointing to with his radical teaching, see how he wrote about his own enjoyment of nature near his home in Ojai, California. Take a look at “Krishnamurti on a Nature Walk” at my Berkeley, Naturally […]

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Krishnamurti-An Uncompromising Teacher

Jiddhu Krishnamurti is a spiritual teacher I have come back to again and again. For me, reading J. Krishnamurti is like getting a splash of fresh, pure, cold mountain stream water in one’s face. The man is uncompromising in his message that nothing less than a complete transformation of consciousness is needed in order to […]

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