Materiality and Mentality | (7/27/2021 — “Ask Us Anything – LIVE” With Denny K Miu And Guest Beth Upton

Please join Denny K Miu and I along with meditation teacher Beth Upton — to listen, comment and/or ask questions (via live chat) — Tuesday July 27, 2021 at noon Central time for our monthly “Ask Us Anything LIVE” via: YouTube [ <<– custom link dennykmiu.com/youtube redirects to Denny’s YouTube channel] Facebook [ <<– custom link dennykmiu.com/facebook redirects to Denny’s Facebook page] BethContinue reading “Materiality and Mentality | (7/27/2021 — “Ask Us Anything – LIVE” With Denny K Miu And Guest Beth Upton”

The Buddha’s Five Illustrated Themes For Addressing Unskillful Thoughts

In the Vitakkasaṇṭhāna Sutta — The Relaxation of Thoughts (MN 20) the Buddha provides five themes to attend to at the appropriate times for those intent on heightening the mind. With accompanying images, they are: Small Peg Knocking Out Larger One (to attend to another theme) There is the case where evil, unskillful thoughts—connected withContinue reading “The Buddha’s Five Illustrated Themes For Addressing Unskillful Thoughts”

Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 5

[FIRST JHANA] “There is the case where a monk — quite withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful qualities — enters and remains in the first jhana: rapture and pleasure born from withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought and evaluation. He permeates and pervades, suffuses and fills this very body with the rapture and pleasure born fromContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 5”

Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 3

If all compounded things are not self, how and why is there a sense of agency? And how and why does our experience seem to be associated with body? Are there intents of/behind/to samsara? If not, why not? If so, how do these intents operate and how are they established, maintained and abolished? How doContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 3”

The Buddha’s Images For The Five Clinging Aggregates

“What is your definition of self,” is often one of the first questions I ask someone once it is clear they are serious about seeking, and/or clear about their spiritual path, or even someone heavily seeped in philosophy. From what I innerstand, while the historical Buddha never simply denied that there’s a “self” directly andContinue reading “The Buddha’s Images For The Five Clinging Aggregates”

Energy, Consciousness, Psychology and Inner Work | In Conversation with David Hults (Part 2)

David from Alternative Life Guide and I pick up from the end of Part 1 — “Life Force, Art, Technology and (Digging) Crystals | In Conversation with David Hults” for: An expanded, detailed exploration of energy: everyday, practical esoteric power of fire sun energy healing different names for (types of) energy planetary cosmic circulation heartContinue reading “Energy, Consciousness, Psychology and Inner Work | In Conversation with David Hults (Part 2)”

Anesthetic consciousness: “If everything is consciousness, what happens during anesthesia?”

I recently listened to a voicemail from a friend who called asking, “if everything is consciousness, what happens during anesthesia?” It’s a great question and the short answer is: I don’t know. And “if everything is consciousness” is only one perception of reality. After deferring to referring him to a few folks who may provideContinue reading “Anesthetic consciousness: “If everything is consciousness, what happens during anesthesia?””

Dharma Questions: Awareness / Consciousness

Whatever [one] keeps pursuing with her thinking & pondering, that becomes the inclination of her awareness. Two Sorts of ThinkingDvedhāvitakka Sutta  (MN 19) What is the difference between mind, thoughts, thinking, cognition, consciousness, attention, remembering, knowing, realizing, mind objects, mental formations, mental phenomena, volition, mindfulness, awareness? And what is the relationship between each of these and withContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Awareness / Consciousness”