On Progress in Meditation

By Adam J. Pearson Emile Graham: How do I know I am progressing in meditation? Adam J. Pearson:  This is a good question, but it’s also a loaded one. It’s loaded for two main reasons. First, it implies that you are going to acquire something that you don’t already have, which is not the case….

The Final Destination

By Adam J. Pearson From the mystic’s point of view, the final destination is not some heaven in the clouds or some transcendental state achieved after death, but this very step we are taking right now. The next step on the path in the vastness of the great, yet fleeting present. Look for your bliss…

Happiness and Impermanence

By Adam J. Pearson Photography by Rodney Smith Whenever I’ve made my happiness dependent on anything else or anyone else, I’ve always suffered. No impermanent reality can satisfy a permanent need; placing conditions on our happiness creates permanent needs that an impermanent universe can never satisfy. If I enjoy what is here while it is…

On the Nondualistic Universe

By Adam J. Pearson Gyan J. Schneider: Don’t you think the apparent nature of our universe is dualistic? Adam J. Pearson: in my experience, Gyan, our universe is nondualistic in nature. Apparent opposites are not matters of absolute binaries, but of continua — one opposite gradually blurring into another from one side and then moving…

The Most Necessary Philosophical Question: Notes on “What Am I?”

By Adam J. Pearson According to Xenophon, when Socrates visited the Temple of Delphi, he saw the words ‘γνῶθι σεαυτόν’ – Know yourself – inscribed there. To deeply know yourself, you must know not ‘who’ you are, but ‘what’ you are. For this reason, I say that not “who am I?” but “what am I?”…

All That Remain

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Everything is Present in Everything Else If You Look Closely Enough

By Adam J. Pearson Benjamin Smythe said that “love is the result of overcoming fear. Awe is the result of overcoming love. Those who balk at this have the right to. Those who want to know what the Buddha meant by dispassionate, step beyond the balk into the ability to find horror fascinating. Enlightenment is…

On Functions and Purposes

By Adam. J. Pearson Photo: A pair of porcupines in their native habitat in Quebec   We usually identify ‘purposes’ in nature both relatively and retroactively. Evolution selects for a particular trait and we end up noticing that it gave a species some edge over other species or previous forms of its own species in…

Differences in Perspective: Nirvana in Buddhism and Nirvana in Hinduism

By Adam J. Pearson Emile Graham asked me if it was corect that “Buddhism aims at no-self, whereas Hinduism aims for union with the Self.” I answered that this characterization is close, but not quite exact.   Hinduism aims for Self-realization (realization of Atman); there is no need to seek “union” with the Self from…