Today we have easy access to tens of thousands of books, audio recordings, and retreats on how to meditate. We’re awash in information. So with all this information in the public sphere, what are we missing?
We believe what is lacking is a right view, or an understanding not just of how to meditate, but what to do with the insights you find there. Meditation practice, spiritual insight, and emotional maturity can all be part of the same unfolding, if we have the right understanding of what our practice is really about.
The Zen Path
Spiritual insight isn’t like anything else we pursue in life. It’s not a goal or a place somewhere, there is nothing to be had with it, and you gain nothing from it. When you see through the construct of your own ego, you experience the freedom of selflessness witnessing intelligence that is right here, right now.
This is why Zen is sometimes called “selling water by the river”, because you are being shown how to see the wondrous completeness that you already are.
Enlightenment is knowing the deep truth of clarity and unconditional loving compassion that is alive and flowing through every moment. This living presence is always here. It is not an experience of any kind; not of angels or devils, heaven or hell, mystical visions, or subtle lights and sounds. It is not a belief that needs to sustained or defended, nor an experience of transcendence, nor a blissful view of the world. It is the radiant suchness of this living moment.
The Heart of Zen (North Atlantic Books, 2014) is a dialog between Zen master Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi and Keith Martin-Smith.
While we are more and more familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, The Heart of Zen takes a gradual, step-by-step approach to what has become a vexing problem in spiritual circles.
“This is one of the most important works on spiritual realization to be written in years. You can’t afford to miss this revolutionary process for your own enlightenment.” Ken Wilber, author of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality