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we normally consider that
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meditation is some kind of an activity
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of the mind
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it’s a focusing of the mind usually on a
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on a on a mantra or a flame or on the
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breath or just on the the current
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situation it’s in other words meditation
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is normally conceived as an activity
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object less did I say okay so what we
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understand here by meditation is
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something very different from that
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meditation is not an activity that is
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undertaken by the mind meditation here
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we understand as simply being the
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presence of awareness do you understand
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what I mean by awareness yes yes so to
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be awareness is not something that needs
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to be done and by the mind to know
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ourselves as awareness it doesn’t depend
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on what the mind is doing or what it’s
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not doing for instance right now are you
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the one that is aware of your experience
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yes it’s obvious you’re aware of these
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words you’re aware of these sights
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you’re aware of your thoughts you’re
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aware of whatever bodily sensations are
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present all these are changing and
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moving and flowing and and you are there
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ever-present knowing them or aware of
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them are you making an effort to be that
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one no or are you just naturally that
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one yes could you be anything other than
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that one no have you ever been anything
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other than that one now okay so in order
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to imagine in order to really feel that
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you were something else for instance a
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cluster of thoughts and feelings
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what would you have to do you have to
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forget or overlook what you truly are
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and you’d have to imagine instead that
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you were a cluster of thoughts and
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feelings yeah that that’s what we do
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when I say we do that’s what thought
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does thought in that because thought
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cannot see awareness thought is like the
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screen for the character in the movie
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wherever it looks it cannot see the
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screen although it’s made out of it it
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cannot see it so thought can’t find
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awareness because it’s transparent it’s
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empty it’s object less yeah so thought
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imagine imagines instead that we are a
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cluster of thoughts feelings sensations
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and perceptions in other words our body
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mind and that that with that imagination
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an illusory self an imaginary self made
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out of thoughts and feelings comes into
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an apparent apparent existence thought
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imagines the separate self now we then
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feel I am this separate self I am this
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body and this mind which is aware but
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then we notice that we are unhappy and
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we are seeking and we seek happiness in
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all the conventional conventional
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objects and then when all the
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conventional objects have failed us
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sufficiently we start looking in less
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conventional objects and we hear about
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something called meditation and we
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approach meditation in exactly the same
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way that we approach the object objects
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that we used to go for the substances
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the activities the relationships
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whatever it was we think okay I’m going
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to do this new kind of seeking now
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something called meditation and achieve
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subtle states of mind which will finally
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give me the happiness that I was
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previously seeking in objects
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then I the separate self starts on this
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activity of the mind called meditation
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and it starts basically manipulating the
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mind usually quietening it or focusing
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it and this brings a rap about some
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temporary relief because as long as
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there is a tremendous effort to still
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the mind the mind to a certain extent
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becomes still and a measure of peace is
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derived from that but it doesn’t bring
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about what we truly want which is
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lasting peace undisturbed peace peace
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that is not dependent on the condition
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of the mind or the body or the world
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so what we what we consider meditation
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here is quite different from that from
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that focusing or disciplining of the
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mind meditation it here is it it’s what
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we are meditation is just to be
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knowingly the presence of awareness in
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other words just to be that is the
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highest meditation just to be as you are
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and it’s ironically it is the easiest
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thing in the world it’s easier than
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breathing it doesn’t require the mind to
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be in a particular condition you could
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be a highly intelligent very
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unintelligent you could be agitated you
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could be peaceful you could be in
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difficult circumstances you could be in
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easy circumstances it wouldn’t make a
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jot of difference because in all those
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situations you awareness remain just as
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you always are to meditate means adjust
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to be that knowingly
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that sounds great now if we’ve been used
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to meditate it to doing an activity of
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the mind called meditation there may be
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a little rebellion in the mind when we
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note when we sit here without giving it
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something to do the mind may feel
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redundant and with good reason
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so it’ll there may be a little rebellion
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in the mind because it because it’s used
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to being employed so it’ll get it’ll get
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agitated it will try to to grab your
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attention again you should be doing this
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or this is not enough or this is not the
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real thing if it’ll provide all kinds of
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excuses why you should get involved with
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it again and over and over and again you
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might find yourself lost in the mind and
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whenever you find yourself lost in the
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mind just notice oh no I just consider
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the mind like a like a train that enters
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the station you just say oh I bought it
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that train I didn’t even mean to I just
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boarded it mechanically just step off
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the train don’t don’t get involved with
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the train let the train go wherever it’s
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going inwards let your thoughts do
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whatever they’ve been conditioned to do
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they’re going to do that anyway don’t
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interfere with them if you if you want
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to if you start interfering with your
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thoughts if you take on your thoughts
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you have to take on the whole universe
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because the whole universe it is
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involved in the production of any
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thought or action don’t take on your
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thoughts let them do their thing just
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let them do whatever they’ve been
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conditioned to do but don’t board the
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train don’t get on just step off or you
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don’t it’s just a metaphor you don’t
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even have to step off you are you’re
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more like the platform than the
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passenger you are that through which the
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Train is flowing it doesn’t matter where
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it’s going
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doesn’t matter where your thoughts are
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going what they’re doing they’re always
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doing one thing one of two things
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they’re either going into the past or
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the future just let them go let them
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make the journey but you never take the
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journey where
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then that is meditation just to know
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yourself as this ever-present
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imperturbable light of awareness that’s
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it just abide as that thank you

November 8, 2017