Recognize the Halo Effect

Recognize the Halo Effect

Recognize the Halo Effect In order to take what’s good, we need to recognize a second principle of wise relationship and disentangle ourselves from the halo effect. The halo effect is the unexamined assumption that if a meditation master or spiritual teacher is good...
Take What’s Good

Take What’s Good

Take What’s Good When dealing with the humanness and the complexity of teachers, it is helpful to keep a few other principles in mind. One is called take what’s good. After studying with my first teacher, Achaan Chah, who was impeccable in conduct, in many ways...
Grasping and Wanting

Grasping and Wanting

Grasping and Wanting Grasping and wanting are two names for the most painful aspects of desire. Because our language uses the word desire in so many ways, it is helpful to sort them out. There are beneficial desires such as the desire for the well being of others, the...
How to Begin Naming

How to Begin Naming

How to Begin Naming Begin by sitting comfortably, focusing awareness on your breathing. As you feel each breath, carefully acknowledge it with a simple name: “in-breath, out-breath,” saying the words silently and softly in the back of your mind. This will help you...
Recognize the Halo Effect

Purification: The Gateway to Higher States

Purification: The Gateway to Higher States Learning to concentrate, though initially difficult, works. Gradually, through repeated focus on our subject over hours and days, the mind’s wandering diminishes. It settles down and steadies itself on the subject of...
The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration

The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration

The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration The gateway to both the Realms of Absorption and the Realms of Dissolution is a stabilization of heart and mind called access concentration. Access concentration is the first strong level of presentness and...

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