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…

The Heart of the Void: Finding the Assumptions At the Core of Shame

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: What is Shame? In previous articles, I’ve written about the nature of shame, this powerful feeling of deficiency or lack that we sometimes experience at the heart of ourselves. Shame is the name of the void we feel within us, the void that other people’s approval and attention cannot fill. Shame…