Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness by Andrew Weiss

By Andrew Weiss

As a instructor of meditation, Andrew Weiss discovered that scholars answered most sensible whilst he broke down the method of mindfulness into discrete and revolutionary steps. realizing that the majority humans had little time to dedicate to meditation, he additionally made it his precedence to educate the direct software of mindfulness to way of life. over the years, he constructed a sequence of handouts according to basic steps that shape the foundation of this booklet. meant for laypeople working towards of their paintings and kinfolk lives with no the posh of lengthy meditation retreats, starting Mindfulness is deeply rooted in Buddhist perform yet continues to be unbound via one specific Buddhist culture. Weiss skillfully blends the traditions of his Korean and Vietnamese lecturers in addition to Hindu yogic easy methods to create a meditation guide that's either sensible and encouraging.

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The difference is not existential, not at all! So you have to look into this stupid idea of separation. Now if you start trying to surrender you are still carrying the idea of separation. Now you are thinking, “I will surrender, now I am going to surrender” – but you think you are. Looking into the very idea of separation, one day you find that you are not separate, so how can you surrender? There is nobody to surrender! There has never been anybody to surrender. The surrenderer is not there, not at all – never found anywhere.

The ego does not live, cannot live in the present, because the present is real and the ego is false – they never meet. The past is false, it is no more. Once it was, but when it was present, ego was not there. Once it has disappeared, is no longer existential, ego starts grabbing it, accumulating it. It grabs and accumulates dead things. The ego is a graveyard: it collects corpses, dead bones. Or, it lives in the future. The future is not yet – it is imagination, fantasy, dream. Ego can live with that too, very easily; falsities go together perfectly well, smoothly well.

It happened at a railway crossing. The gates were closed, a train was to pass, and a man was sitting in his car, waiting for the train to pass, reading a book. A drunkard who was sitting just by the side of the gate came close, knocked on the air-conditioned car’s window. The man opened the window and said, “What can I do for you? ” And the bum said, “Yes, for two days I have not eaten anything at all. Can you give me two rupees? ” The man laughed and said, “Never borrow and never lend money,” and showed the book to the bum and said, “Shakespeare – Shakespeare says so.

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