Glimpses vs. Stabilization on the Way of Jnana Yoga

By Adam J. Pearson Questioner: “One instant of boundlessness resolves the entire equation,” is this true? Adam: “Yes and no. In an instant, there can be a perfect glimpse of boundlessness. But that is very different from being stabilized in and as it. The selfing mental process is very quick to claim anything it comes…

One Step is One Too Many: Waking Up as Stripping Away

By Adam J. Pearson When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist. When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes: As when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.Things are objects because of the subject (mind): the mind (subject) is such because of things (object). Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality:…

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)…

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…

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…

The Vibrancy of Life and the Deadness of the “Story of Me”

By Adam J. Pearson The mind’s constant storytelling about “me” and “my” and “mine” is so clearly… dead. It’s a mental process generated by a live brain, but its content is dead: its focus is the past and the future, the past it remembers, the future it imagines. The storytelling takes it for granted that behind its river-flow of thoughts…

The Futility of Sandcastling

By Adam J. Pearson All this time we’ve been trying to figure out who “I as an individual am” or create a separate identity for ourselves, we’ve basically been sandcastling. We’ve been trying to build a castle of self, a concept of “who I am,” out of very shifting and volatile materials: thoughts, feelings, body…