Category Emptiness

“The Moon” – Liberated! Zen symbolism in real life

The references to “The Moon”, “Reflection of the Moon” and “Finger pointing to the Moon” are very common in Zen teachings. I really like these symbols, in my opinion, they pretty much describe the very core of our existence as people in the society and the source of our constant and pervasive dissatisfaction. “The Moon” […]

In my world – being at peace

Now IT is always here. The shine and peace, permeating everything, invisible and yet undeniably present structure to everything, suffused with something that doesn’t really have an accurate description in our language and can only be remotely conveyed by the word “Love”. But it is not a human love, it is deeper, more pure, it […]

Stages of meditation: 28 years of practice

I normally don’t like any “lists” or “stages” finding them too simplistic, but it is just a convenient way to give you some idea about what to expect if you practice meditation over a long time. There are a lot of different classifications in different traditions, this one is based on my personal experience but, […]

Truly examined life

What does it mean – truly examined life? I used to think that it is an accumulation of knowledge, analysis, comparison of ideas and concepts and finding the one, true viewpoint. Finding a description of the world that explains it all, gives all the answers. I thought if I read, memorize, analyze enough I will […]

Spiritual awakening: background and foreground

In the moment of awakening, we become aware of something in us that always existed but somehow wasn’t noticed. Before, it was just a background for thoughts, uneventful and uninteresting. Nothingness, empty and boring. And when we start focusing on it, looking for it, actively and stubbornly, puzzled, frustrated, nagged by the reports of people […]

Settling into Emptiness

Many people had transcended and mystical experiences of boundless Love, Presence and what is expressed in Buddhism as Emptiness – eternal unlimited space permeated with peace and sense of well-being. It is commonly accepted that this mystical experience is temporal and will fade into a memory as all other experiences. And yet, what is shown […]