Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By Adam J. Pearson O Sariputra, Form does not differ from Emptiness And Emptiness does not differ from Form. Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form. The same is true for Feelings, Perceptions, Volitions and States of Consciousness. ~ From the Heart Sutra of Avalokiteshvara A flexible integrative view can be very helpful for traveling lightly…

Haikus While Walking in the Rain

By Adam J. Pearson Walking in the rain; Droplets tapping on a face, True nature laid bare: Empty, clear, aware– Never were we wet or dry, Nor did we ever walk. Beyond One and two, Body, mind, and awareness Belong to no one. Laughing and laughing, Clear tears pouring out like rain; How was it missed so long? Part…

The Social Work Response to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

By Adam J. Pearson IPV as a Social Issue Intimate partner violence (IPV), that is, violence in romantic or sexual relationships remains highly prevalent in the United States and Canada; a critical review of the research by Whitaker and colleagues (2006) estimates that 22% of women experience abuse by a partner in their lifetime as…

Stabilization, Insight, and the Four Images of the Diamond Sutra

By Adam J. Pearson [Cover Image by Doug Adams, Gungarama temple, 1998] “Subhuti, if bodhisattvas have images of self, images of person, images of a being, images of a liver of life, they are not bodhisattvas.” ~ From the Diamond Sutra, the oldest printed book in the world (printed via a 9th century block print)…

The Nondualitree

By Adam J. Pearson endless are the branches of the nondualitree its leaves are all the things that ever were, are, and will be its vacuoles are filled with nebulae and history and its cells contain all planets, every sky and every sea endless is the vast trunk of the nondualitree its bark is made of time and space spread out expansively both life and death are…

Emptiness in Emptiness

By Adam J. Pearson a thought arises and is seen, emptiness in emptiness a blade of grass is growing green, emptiness in emptiness a newborn baby breathes his first emptiness in emptiness an old man in a somber hearse emptiness in emptiness a feeling flows through and is felt, emptiness in emptiness stars shimmer on Orion’s belt, emptiness in…

Birds Fly Boldly

By Adam J. Pearson many things appear to happen; although nothing ever has. the present only seems to fracture into future and a past. although concepts seem to split us into both a “me” and “you,” this reality is seamless neither singular, nor two. thinking we are caught in bondage, we try hard to become free, but true freedom lies beyond all…