Podcast | Ask For (A) Change

The description for this May 31 talk via Wisdom app and InsightTimer.com/live: Let’s play with the puns in this title to continue exploring a format change for the monthly “Ask Us Anything”: 1) give and ask of each other advice; 2) needed changes individually & collectively; and 3) continuing the themes of speaking up &Continue reading “Podcast | Ask For (A) Change”

June 2022 Insight Timer Live Events: Cultivating Discernment; Formless Realms; You Teach Me; Matrix Or Truman Show?

*(Jhanic Factors And) Formless Realms Contemplation/Mediation*
Addressing the politics and emotional charges often associated with Jhana & nimitta before talking about jhanic factors then placing this aside for a guided meditation/contemplation based on “The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness (MN 121)” involving village, wilderness, earth & the four formless states — Sun Jun 12 – 10:30 am Central — https://insig.ht/xC9dmf6Xoqb

*You Teach Me*
A (brief) experiment where (you) the audience teach me anything you’d like. It could be from the spiritual journey, inner work, everyday life, work, play, groups, family, friends, enemies, frenemies, relationships, etc. I may fill in gaps with how to approach others for knowledge, teachings, etc — Thu Jun 23 – 9:00 pm Central — https://insig.ht/lBsiCtuVoqb

*Is Your Awakening Journey More The Matrix or The Truman Show?*
A brief 15 minute or so more lighthearted approach to the sometimes intense and weird moments of awakening via The Truman Show and Matrix films as reference points — Mon Jun 27 – 9:00 pm Central — https://insig.ht/2K2hTx4Voqb

*Blocks, Paths, One-Way, (Super) Highways & Byways*
Let’s briefly explore these plus matrixes, nodal/access points, gates, portals, vehicles, crafts, dream-walking, teleportation, hitchhiking, ride sharing, mass transit, migration, flight, and other travel terms literally, figuratively, metaphorically & in the context of the “Ask Us Anything” format — Tue Jun 28 – 6:00 pm Central — https://insig.ht/Fy9yezKKbrb

Ask Anyone Anything? Live With Whom? Minor “Ask Us Anything” Restart?

The description for this now edited April 26th Insight Timer live event: A few teachings on inquiry and investigation while also reviewing and asking your suggestions for the monthly “Ask Us Anything” show format fellow Insight Timer teacher Denny K Miu and I started in September 2020 to determine a potential restart, recreation and/or transmutationContinue reading “Ask Anyone Anything? Live With Whom? Minor “Ask Us Anything” Restart?”

Podcast | Multi-month Pāramitā (Perfections) Challenge For March 2022

[4/29/2022 UPDATE: Zero Pāramitā Challenge provided (to me) for Month 8 / April 2022 yet and 5/23/2022 UPDATE: same thing for the month of May and presumably ongoing unless — barring other possibilities — a new Pāramitā Challenge post/podcast appears on IntegratingPresence.com] Expediency, supreme enlightenment, service to others, purity/wholeness/wholesomeness, (non-)acquisition, (non-)attachment, momentariness, loving-kindness, goodness, (discerning)Continue reading “Podcast | Multi-month Pāramitā (Perfections) Challenge For March 2022”

April 2022 Insight Timer Live Events: Fools; Truth; Death Contemplation; Friendship; Ghosting

*Brief Readings on Truth*
Your truth is great. What is truth though? For 15 minutes or so I read profound axioms, quotes, and snippets about truth

*Death Contemplation and Meditation*
Unwise, unskillful choices can come from an unconscious fear of death. The most profound contemplations and meditations on death protect us and help us appreciate every moment

*Friendship: The Whole of the Spiritual Life*
15min: ‘Ven Ananda said to the Blessed One, “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.” “Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life..’

*Ask anyone anything? Live with whom? Minor (AUA) restart?*
A few teachings on inquiry and investigation while also reviewing and asking your suggestions for the monthly “Ask Us Anything” show format fellow Insight Timer teacher Denny K Miu and I started in September 2020 to determine a potential restart, recreation and/or transmutation

*Ghosted, ignored, canceled? More grist to nourish all*
Let’s explore what can be done to transform, transmute and turn ghosting and being canceled into nourishment to support the well-being and awakening of all

Reasons For Not Disclosing Information

When we look at truth — in most any context, including those of spiritually related natures — being forthcoming with credible information takes key significance. I’ve written previously about so-called disclosure. Please also see “Why and Why Not to Question/Inquire” The following are reasons — some perhaps more valid than others — for not disclosingContinue reading “Reasons For Not Disclosing Information”

Podcast | Studying And Practicing With “The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta — An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power” (SN 51:20): Introduction; The Sutta’s Key Encapsulation Paragraph & A Translation Reading (1 of 7)

One reason this blog post and podcast series came about could likely be due to my meditation practice becoming stale and now provides an outlet for a somewhat more advanced level where details are dived into. If and when exploring this sutta on your own, it’s recommended to drop the intricate, sometimes tedious language I go into here to the fullest extent possible. It’s important to remember my intent here of placing plenty under a spiritual microscope to merely visit modes of deconstruction and analysis for study and (formal) practice possibilities, not as a general normalized mode of living. And while I go into minute details pertaining to this sutta please keep in mind it’s likely more helpful not to keep considering this sutta in isolation but within the broader context of the Buddha’s (other) teachings.

How To Find (Meditation) Teachers

The best advice I’ve heard so far is basically: finding, making and holding dear spiritual friends (or those aligned and supportive on your path/journey) selecting teachers one resonates with and benefits from There’s a saying that when you’re ready the teacher will appear. And when you’re really ready the teacher will disappear. For me, especiallyContinue reading “How To Find (Meditation) Teachers”

Podcast | Multi-month Pāramitā (Perfections) Challenge For February 2022

Sangha, criticism, the two truths, service to others, emptiness, generosity, conduct, non-clinging, non-harming, energy, the three unwholesome roots, and clarity round out the main topics for February 2022, month six of “The Pāramitā Challenge”. See also Months 1-3, Month 4 and 5. Instructions are to journal contemplations resulting from observed intentions, opportunities, and actions toContinue reading “Podcast | Multi-month Pāramitā (Perfections) Challenge For February 2022”