It is said that “”When the student is ready, the Teacher appears?” Is the opposite also true, “When The Teacher Appears are the Students Ready?” Here, a teacher has appeared! Students?
Being Love in a World that Needs You It’s amazing to me how little ‘news’ is published in major newspapers, on broadcast networks, and in general about the ordinary acts of kindness that people do in the world. It would be easy to assume that humans are only capable of hostility, hatred, greed, lust and […]
Our Mind’s Ability to ‘Lay Waste’ to Our Lives. How many times have we seen our minds make a totally incorrect evaluation of something going on in the present, or about to happen in the future? How many times have our minds stopped us from doing some productive, fun, or wonderful spontaneous action that arose […]
Who IS Jonathan? One of my Facebook friends suggested that I was ‘teaching’ too much and not letting people know the human side of who Jonathan Labman is. So, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to try to answer that question. In previous years, I’d have answered with biographical and statistical details: 5’10” […]
Mystery Emerging When concepts of “I” and “awake” and “enlightened” die, what happens next? In my last blog I said ‘Mystery’ is next. Mystery looks like a release of deeply held muscle tension. Hearing from a long-ago dharma buddy whose wife read my blog somewhere on Facebook. An offer to host an internet radio show […]
A recent interaction with one of my gurus (currently alive) has left ‘me’ puzzled and looking at the search for ‘awakening’ and ‘enlightenment’ in a whole different way. I think I got addicted to the approval of teachers, so I have wandered around for the last 45 years looking for it. Now that I’ve got […]
Who is the Guru? I’ve often been asked who my ‘guru’ is, and I’ve had to ponder carefully when answering the question. I don’t have just one guru, I’ve had many. There is a long tradition of being told that we should work with only one guru, who should be able to see us all […]
Calm and Quiet Noise echoes relentlessly through modern lives. There is the noise of machines, multitudes of people, and the “noise” of endless communication in a multitude of forms (text, email, voicemail, paging, pinging, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). However, in my experience, the worst “noise” is the noise of my own thoughts. Thought is […]
Nothing, Everything In the Stillness, chimes sing, notes sound, clocks tick. I Am perception: perceiver, perceived, perceiving: collapse Into Essence when no thought’s intruding. Then nothing sustains the illusory “self” and Self is imploding. No seer, no seen, so just seeing. No inside, no outside: just being. Nothing and everything: disappearing.
The Peace that Passes Understanding In the Christian New Testament, we find reference to ‘the peace that passes understanding.’ When I was heavily involved in Christianity, I had an intellectual understanding of what this meant but, no visceral, actual experience of it. It took ‘waking up’ through the Eastern spiritual traditions to really understand this […]