Silent Illumination. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 17, 2019

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SILENT ILLUMINATION

Quiescence refers to the practice of silencing the mind,
and clarity refers to contemplation, illuminating the mind
with the light of awareness.

Hongzhi himself described the “silent sitting” as
thus: ‘Your body sits silently; your mind is quiescent,
unmoving. This is genuine effort in practice. Body and
mind are at complete rest. The mouth is so still that
moss grows around it. Grass sprouts from the tongue.
Do this without ceasing, cleansing the mind until it
gains the clarity of an autumn pool, bright as the moon
illuminating the evening sky.’

In this state, the mind is without form or feature. Power is
present, but its function is to fill the mind with illumination,
like the sun shining everywhere. Hence, Silent llumination
is the practice in which there is nothing moving, but
the mind is bright and illuminating.”

-Ven. Sheng Yen

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I would rather explore the moon, anything, than myself. New MJ Awakening Blog
January 6, 2019

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“We would rather explore the far side of the moon or the bottom of the ocean than the hidden depths within ourselves.

Unless we investigate the world within we can never know reality–we will only know our beliefs about it, or our conceptions of it.”

-William Hart, from The Art of Living Vipassana Meditation

VIPASSANA means ‘insight’ in the ancient Pali language of India. It is the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, the actual experience of the truths of which he spoke.”

“What is the Source of the ego?” New MJ Awakening Blog
July 17, 2018

 

can u find egos source

 

A simple, powerful meditation…

“What is the Source of the ego?”

…and remaining quiet. 

 

Michael Jeffreys

How old is NOW? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 10, 2018

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Silently meditating/reflecting on a Koan (a question without a definitive answer) stills/quiets the mind…

How old is NOW?

Where does NOW begin and end?

Michael Jeffreys

Q: Why do you begin each week of the West LA Satsang with 30 minutes of silent meditation? New MJ Awakening Blog
January 9, 2017

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MICHAEL: To sit quietly and observe one’s mind for an extended period is often uncomfortable. Why? Because when we are engaged in non-stop doing throughout our day, we are not consciously aware of just how noisy/busy our mind is, bouncing from thought, to thought, to thought like a “drunken monkey stung by bees.”

Meditation gives you a chance to notice this. While some report they don‘t like meditation because it’s “too hard,” the point is that it’s not the meditation that’s causing the mind to jump around, but rather it’s already jumping around all the time, you’re just finally becoming aware of it!

What to do? Just observe it. Don’t try to stop your thoughts or change them. Simply observe them. Why? To see they are not you. This is the point. And the more you see they are not you, the less reactive you will become as they lose their hold over you and the more relaxed and peaceful you become. It can also be helpful to repeat to yourself throughout the day:

“I am not my thoughts… I am the witness of them.”

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“An empty mind is a still mind…” new MJ Awakening meditation picture quote
June 2, 2014

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