The art of playful action

In the beginning of the Bhagavad Gītā (2.50) we encounter the following short definition: yogaḥ karmasu kuśalam, which might be...

Where to start? Where to end?

We might encounter teachings, practices, and other aspects of contemplative traditions in a pretty random way: a Buddha Head looking out...

Seeking freedom

Whatever feeling is felt (pleasant, unpleasant or neutral), do not indulge in craving for the pleasant, or in aversion for the...

Embodiment

In the Udana 3.5 there is this short stanza: “Sati kāyagatā upaṭṭhitā, Chasu phassāyatanesu saṁvuto; Satataṁ bhikkhu samāhito, Jaññā...

Meditation: four basic principles

Formal meditative practice is just a piece (important, but just a piece) in the broader picture presented in the discourses. And how to...

Mental disobedience

Meditation is a training in mental disobedience, based on four main points: (1) Keep the context in mind. Don't focus on things, don't...

Dispassion or dispassion*?

The discourses of the Buddha are fond of emphasising attitudes of dispassion, weariness, absence of desire and craving, equanimity,...

Assume you’re wrong

In They Live (1988, directed by John Carpenter), the world is ruled by an invisible alien elite. Everything looks normal and fine, but it...

Integrating practice in daily life

A common worry that arises in the beginning of practice is how to best integrate it within one's life and circumstances. There are...

Last-breath meditation

Admittedly, death is one of the most scary topics for most people since people are around. In archeological records, fully modern human...

Two switches

There are two switches: one needs to be turned off, the other needs to be turned on. The switch to turn off is thirst (which entails a...

What is meditation about?

Meditation is a training of intentionality. The purpose is to improve one's ability at deliberately steering intentions in a beneficial...