Resources: Nature of Awareness

Nature of Awareness

When Siddhartha (the Buddha) looked into his own mind, he realized the beauty, purity and goodness of his essential nature and was free. The most basic qualities of our being—openness/emptiness, wakefulness, and love—are always here. Getting to know these qualities, and learning to trust and live from them, is truly the heart of the path.  Gradually we realize that this awake, tender awareness is more who we are than any story we’ve been believing about ourselves. Rather than a human on a spiritual path, we are spirit– formless loving presence– discovering itself through a human incarnation. As we come to understand and trust this, our life fills with increasing grace.

For more on the Nature of Awareness, you might explore Radical Acceptance – Chapter 12, and True Refuge – Chapters 14 and 15.

Talks on the Nature of Awareness

Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)

Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)

When we are suffering, we are believing something untrue - usually a limiting story about who we are. This talk explores the roots of our self-doubts, and the teachings and...

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Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)

Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)

The sign of spiritual freedom is a deep trust in our essential nature, and in the light of awareness that lives through all beings.  This talk explores the conditioning that...

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Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk)

Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk)

As we cultivate mindfulness we become increasingly aware of how we move through huge swaths of our life in trance. This talk reflects on three key domains of trance, and undoing...

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Be Who You Are (retreat talk)

Be Who You Are (retreat talk)

By bringing a surrendering presence to mental, emotional and physical domains, we undo the trance of separation and discover our true nature. This talk explores the practices...

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Opening the Lotus of Your Heart (retreat talk)

Opening the Lotus of Your Heart (retreat talk)

Our reaction to life’s stress is to contract, and we live many moments with a tight body, clenched heart and narrowed mind. This talk explores how deepening attention can reconnect us with our natural openness and radiance (from the 2012 Women’s Retreat on 2/3/2012).

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Meditations on the Nature of Awareness

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