There is an intense desire, once you have tasted something as sweet as spiritual awakening, to want to share it with people you love. The desire is so strong that you get into a proselytizing stance that awakens in them a paranoid defense, because you’re saying to them, “Who you are, just as you are,... Read more »
Sometimes you’ve got a partner who is a fully conscious being. Usually however, we aren’t dealt quite that hand. So, we take what we’ve got, and we work with it. The ideal situation is when you’re working with collaborators who wish to awaken as you wish to awaken, and you help each other, as we’re trying... Read more »
Buddha says that fear is the result of ignorance. And the ignorance is that when you start out as an infant with an undifferentiated awareness, you are then taught who you are. That component, which we all call ‘ego’, is a very fragile structure. It seems tough, but it’s actually a very fragile structure. It’s... Read more »
Where you finally see the beloved is you look at another human being, you look at another soul. I look at all of you, and you are all souls to me, and you are all so beautiful. I mean, each person’s struggle, each person’s journey is so exquisite, I can hardly catch my breath when... Read more »
In the spring of 1991 I co-taught a workshop called “Spirituality for Social Activists.” There were 100 social, political activists, and then there were ‘we spiritual teachers.’ We had planned the whole curriculum for five days, and we had scholarships to bring a lot of these people, because these people were out on the firing line.... Read more »
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