Tag: Mindfulness

Working With the Thinking Mind

The following is a summary of The Science of Enlightenment Session #10, by Shinzen Young.  We are currently reviewing this series as a group in the Individuals Anonymous Facebook group, and you are encouraged to join if you have not done so already.  You may also purchase The Science of Enlightenment audiobook on Amazon, here.  Can an ordinary person in the normal world become enlightened? U Ba Khin is a great example of somebody who is efficacious in the real world, yet highly enlightened.   He has a very stressful government position with the Burmese government in which he was...

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Treating Anxiety, Depression, and Fear of Death

Question (paraphrased):  Lately I have been thinking a lot about my own death.  I want to be able to embrace it.  I want to be at peace with it.  Would anybody who does not have a fear of death please help me understand?  Please help me come out of this so I am able to embrace life (and death) fully.   If you can get yourself to an ayahuasca ceremony, you will definitely find peace with the birth/death process, most likely you will come to the place where you understand them to be literally equal. Sometimes plant medicine has...

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Choosing Your Object of Meditation

The following is a summary of The Science of Enlightenment Session #9, by Shinzen Young.  We are currently reviewing this series as a group in the Individuals Anonymous Facebook group, and you are encouraged to join if you have not done so already.  You may also purchase The Science of Enlightenment audiobook on Amazon, here.  Concentration has a central role in the mystical or enlightenment path all over the world.  Concentration is a microscope which can be used to uncover the nature of our experience.  The concept of vipassana meditation involves utilizing an object as the focus of attention, then...

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Mindfulness and Equanimity, Part 1

The following is a summary of The Science of Enlightenment Session #6, by Shinzen Young.  We are currently reviewing this series as a group in the Individuals Anonymous Facebook group, and you are encouraged to join if you have not done so already.  You may also purchase The Science of Enlightenment audiobook on Amazon, here.  Sensations are either stable or moving and changing in some way. If the sensation is stable and tranquil, great.  If it is moving and painful, ok.  Detect it, allow it, and you are in touch with the fundamental quality of nature, impermanence. After practicing...

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Relaxation and Reality: The Science of Enlightenment Session #4

The following is a summary of The Science of Enlightenment Session #4, by Shinzen Young.  We are currently reviewing this series as a group on the Individuals Anonymous Facebook group, and you are encouraged to join if you have not done so already.  You may also purchase The Science of Enlightenment audiobook on Amazon, here.  Session 4, Relaxation and Reality. This session outlines the significance and process of applying mindfulness and equanimity. One is able to reach a state of well-being, independent of circumstance. This direct experience of enlightenment is what it is all about. Mindfulness and equanimity is...

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