Everything You Experience “Now” is Remembered: Neuroscience and Nonduality

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: What We Seem to Experience ‘Now’ is… Remembered? A fundamental breakthrough in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology was the discovery that the brain contains distinct memory systems that shape every experience we have.  These systems have striking implications for our understanding of what it means to be “in the present moment,” and what alone can truly…

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…

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 Welcomeness Of Now

By Adam J. Pearson “The past and present wilt—I have filled them, emptied them. And proceed to fill my next fold of the future. (…) (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” ~ Walt Whitman in Song of Myself You may not feel it. You may feel unwelcome, as if the doors of life were closed…

Emptiness and Radical Negation: Shifts in and Beyond the Story of “Me”

By Adam J. Pearson गते गते पारगते पारसंगते बोधि स्वाहा gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, hail awakening! ~ From the Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya, “Heart of the Perfection of Understanding” [Heart Sutra] “At work, at rest, never stop trying to realize who it is that hears. Even though your questioning becomes…

Satsang Hopping and the End of the Search

By Adam J. Pearson When I met my Guru, he told me: “You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are. Watch the sense ‘I am’, find your real Self.” I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend…

Remember To Be Unhappy!: The Unnecessary Root of Human Misery

By Adam J. Pearson We Remember To Be Unhappy Have you ever experienced a state of deep peace, serenity, joy, and loving attunement to what is? Did you ever notice how, in that state, we’re not remembering the unsatisfied, fluctuating, unstable, sense of “me” that we otherwise take ourselves to be? This point is so…