Emptiness and Form

Jeff: Let’s see … “something something something,” then “nothing nothing nothing.” “Nothing,” you say? “Nothing of any importance,” you respond. “Well, that’s something.” “But it isn’t,” you insist! “It isn’t any thing at all.” etc etc. Yup, this week we’ll explore The Really Big Mystery of Emptiness = Form and Form = Emptiness. And by “explore” … Continued

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Practice Enlightenment

Jeff: One of my favourite life and meditation practices is called “practice enlightenment.” It comes by way of Dogen, the famous Japanese founder of Soto Zen, and is a kind of antidote to spiritual striving. What if you were already exactly where you needed to be? In this way, we practice our own “enlightenment,” moment by … Continued

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Thanks For Nothing

Jeff: “Hey, what are you doing today?”  “Nothing.” “But, you did that yesterday.”  “Yes, and I haven’t finished.”  Something mysterious and beautiful happens when we do nothing together. It seems to makes space for a particular kind of intimacy that – as per the theme of this month – we can call devotion. This Monday, we … Continued

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Full Body Absorption

Jeff: Hello Exploded Brains! My own exploded brain wishes to communicate with you, but (on account of said explosion) I find myself unable to summon the necessary resources. Fortunately, like all of us, I have a strange nature-given capacity to un-plode myself. Call it focus, call it absorption. As I commit myself to the activity at … Continued

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Journeys of the Up and Down

Jeff: Hello my fine people. So apparently there is this thing called awareness that we are supposed to be aware of. It sounds ridiculous! But let’s give it a shot anyway. This Monday night, your CHALLENGE (should you choose to accept it) is to very lightly and delicately stay aware of the present moment, for 35 … Continued

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