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We also like stretchy Velcro Strap-Its and these twisty gear ties. Richard Clarke continued to refine his translation over the years, and there are at least two different published versions that I've seen from White Pine Press. Zen teacher Steve Hagen see separate listing has also done a few different translations of this text that you might find on the Dharma Field Zen Center website.
I recommend reading many different translations. This is a text that you can read again and again over an entire lifetime and it never stops revealing itself. These are both excellent collections that includes many of Dogen's most well-known works. Like all of Dogen's work, this piece can be read over and over, and with each reading, you will find new dimensions emerging that you hadn't seen or understood before. Dogen's understanding of nonduality is subtle, nuanced and all-inclusive -- so all-inclusive that it even includes duality: "The Buddha Way is leaping clear of the many and the one.
The moon and the pointing finger are a single reality. Long, short, square, and round are mind. The coming and going of birth and death are mind Dream, phantom, and empty flower are mind. Water, foam, splash, and flame are mind. Spring flowers and autumn moon are mind. All things that arise and fall are mind. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.
His response is that to regard practice as the means by which we attain enlightenment in the future is to miss the point completely. Practice is the expression of enlightenment here and now. The place, the way, has not carried over from the past, and it is not merely arising now In addition to these two collections, there are many other collections and commentaries.
I very highly recommend listening to and reading Norman Fischer's commentaries on Dogen, especially on Genjokoan and Uji, and Steve Hagen has some excellent classes on Dogen available on CD or download. Not to be confused with D. Suzuki, the Zen scholar and author who also helped to bring Zen to America. I arrived at SFZC too late to meet Suzuki Roshi in person, but I spent a number of years practicing Zen in his lineage, and so he has been a very important teacher for me. I have read Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind countless times over the years, and with each new reading, I hear it more deeply and see more in it.
Truly, an amazing book. This is Buddha's teaching. I'm no longer drawn to the kind of rigorous, formal Zen practice that Suzuki Roshi taught, but I love these books, especially Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind , and I have great respect and fondness for the San Francisco Zen Center and for Suzuki Roshi and his lineage, and he continues to touch my life very deeply.
More about Shunryu Suzuki and his teaching here and here. And there are some videos like this one on YouTube as well. She died in in Arizona. She was one of my most important teachers, and although her approach to practice was stricter and more formal than mine, I'm infinitely grateful to have worked with her.
Her approach is practice-oriented, and the practice is very precise awareness in the midst of ordinary life. As she put it, "All practice can be summed up as observing the mental process and experiencing present bodily sensations; no more and no less. From her perspective, the messier the circumstances and the bigger the disappointments, the richer the opportunities. She wasn't easily impressed, and you couldn't pull the wool over her eyes.
She brought everything back to ordinary everyday life and to this moment here and now. If you tried to talk about your big enlightenment experience, she might say as if dismissing a bothersome fly , that's nice, and how is your relationship with your partner these days? Holding to self-centered thoughts, exactly the dream.
Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher. She resonated with the expressions of many different people including Jean Klein, Toni Packer, Krishnamurti, Nisargadatta and David Bohm, and would often introduce their words into the practice. She liked to try different things to wake people up. One day, it was bow to all your disappointments; another day, it was bow to everything you think is other than you. With each new bow, it was fascinating to see what came up, and then very enlightening to bow to it. There is a wonderful video that I highly recommend called "Nothing Special" about Joko that beautifully transmits the essence of her teachings as well as her remarkable spirit; it is available here.
You can see a clip from it on YouTube. An excellent CD of some of Joko's talks, which I very highly recommend, has been produced by Sounds True and is available from them or from Amazon.
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Joko said: "Practice is not about having nice feelings, happy feelings. It's not about changing, or getting somewhere. That in itself is the basic fallacy. But observing this desire begins to clarify it. We begin to comprehend that our frantic desire to get better, to 'get somewhere,' is illusion itself, and the source of suffering. When we can sit with a simple mind, not being caught by our own thoughts, something slowly dawns, and a door that has been shut begins to open. For that to occur, we have to work with our anger, our upset, our judgments, our self-pity, our ideas that the past determines the present.
As the door opens, we see that the present is absolute and that, in a sense, the whole universe begins right now, in each second. And the healing of life is in that second of simple awareness Healing is always just being here, with a simple mind. What I love about Pema is her honesty, her humanness, her sense of humor, her willingness to share her own foibles so openly, and her combination of razor-sharp clarity with warm-hearted kindness and compassion. Her books are about the cultivation of open awareness, natural wakefulness, and the ability to stay with difficult states of mind and body without moving away.
She talks about learning how to be with our fundamental discomfort, fear, uncertainty, restlessness and anger without fighting against it or chasing after false solutions and making it worse: "To the degree that you relax more into uncertainty and groundlessness, you find your heart opening. Pema talks about embracing the world and this moment just as it is, learning to be present and awake without expecting perfection.
She encourages us to approach the apparent problems and setbacks in our lives as opportunities rather than as obstacles or signs of failure. She talks about the importance of groundlessness and not clinging to beliefs. Pema meets the darkness, the chaos, the difficulty, and the messiness of everyday life with love, humor, and warmth, offering a clear, intelligent, practice-oriented teaching with wisdom and heart.
I'm not usually an enthusiast for methods and techniques, but I find "The Work" as she calls it truly liberating and definitely worth exploring. Every belief, story, and projection is exposed and deconstructed by putting it out and investigating it. Instead of encouraging us to try to be spiritual, Katie instead invites us to be as petty and unspiritual as possible -- bring out all our worst, most judgmental, most unenlightened, most spiritually incorrect thoughts -- and then investigate them by asking 4 simple questions.
This questioning is done not on a purely cognitive level, but by feeling deeply into the answers. This simple process can be a tremendously effective wake up from the thought-created mirage that is our human suffering, and while this whole process might, at first glance, look like another self-improvement project, if you really take it all the way, it deconstructs everything and leaves nothing. Katie is very radical in her approach, and she definitely gets into some edgy territory that can feel quite threatening, especially when dealing with such highly-charged issues as incest, the Holocaust, or the election of Trump.
She is always inviting people to question their story of being a victim, or their story of what "shouldn't" have happened, which can be very challenging and easily misunderstood, but clearly she's not condoning abuse or genocide. She's simply not arguing with reality, and she's questioning every story and belief about it.
If you are open to this, in my experience, it is very liberating. Loving What Is is perhaps the clearest and best introduction to The Work. A Thousand Names for Joy has so far been my personal favorite of her books, offering stories from Katie's own life woven around verses from the Tao Te Ching. That book provides a kind of living portrait of the awakened mind in action in daily life.
In the words of Stephen Mitchell, A Thousand Names for Joy is "a portrait of a woman who is imperturbably joyous, whether she is dancing with her infant granddaughter or finds that her house has been emptied out by burglars, whether she stands before a man about to kill her or The book includes some of Katie's awakening story which was pretty far out as well as some excellent examples of people doing The Work, and it points beyond all concepts and imaginings to the absolute no-thing-ness of what is.
There were also a few earlier books, probably all out of print now, including Losing the Moon: Byron Katie Dialogues on Non-Duality, Truth and Other Illusions, a much rawer and more unvarnished rendition of her teaching edited by Ellen Mack that I liked a lot. I find Katie's work very helpful whenever I find myself caught up in anger, resentment, self-pity, or other forms of upset and entrancement. With this simple form of inquiry, every upset becomes a doorway to waking up. Just reading these books can be eye-opening and enlightening, and I very highly recommend the books and more importantly actually doing The Work.
Audio, video, and more information on The Work here. He points to the effortless and always-present clarity of awareness, the radiant presence of experiencing, and the non-existence emptiness, unfindability, infinite, indeterminate nature of everything. Life is a mysterious, magical, ever-changing, ever-present, chaotic, undefinable, ungraspable, unresolvable, incredibly rich happening. Nothing is the same from one instant to the next, and yet everything is nothing other than radiant presence, here-now.
This all-inclusive presence consciousness-energy-intelligence-awareness has no opposite—no outside or inside, no beginning or end, no before or after. Even thinking, imagining, day-dreaming and conceptualizing are all included in this radiance. The actuality of this is not some ongoing condition of anything in particular.
So easy. So fast. So Target.
The only thing that actually could be accurately described as realization or enlightenment, is the discovery that this never departs from itself no matter what state it presents as. It is doing itself. This, right here, is the breaking wave of this astounding radiance.
It doesn't exist! You define your problems into existence, as well as their hoped-for solutions, thus creating an apparent difficult, limited reality, where none exists whatsoever. This actual, present condition is absolutely inconceivable; ANY way you hold it to be with your descriptions and ideas does not actually exist, and cannot in actuality limit or entrap you. They are defined into apparent existence by your imagination. This actual condition can be clearly known as it is, but not if it is held to be this or that in imagination. Let go of all descriptions, and then what is this?
You cannot say THIS is liberation. THIS is enlightenment; simply seeing that there is in actuality nothing that can possibly trap you, and no separable you that could be trapped. A new book titled The Yoga of Radiant Presence is apparently in the works. There is a two-part interview with him on Urban Guru Cafe. He has a YouTube channel. And you can find video, audio and more at his website here. JOHN ASTIN: This Extraordinary Moment: Moving Beyond Mind to Embrace the Miracle of What Is — This wonderful, clear book points to the vibrant aliveness that is right here in every moment, to be discovered not by transcending what seems ordinary and mundane, but by opening fully to the non-conceptual actuality of this very moment, just as it is.
That captures the book in a nutshell. He is genuinely interested in exploring—and he suggests that there is no end to the infinity of what is and no "final understanding" or end to this ever-fresh discovery. Instead of urgency and oppressive seriousness, he invites approaching this exploration in a light-hearted, playful way. John holds a doctorate in health psychology, has worked as a counselor, consultant, professor, and researcher in the fields of integrative and mind-body medicine. He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, a poet, and the author of 3 previous books, which I also highly recommend, although his understanding has evolved and changed in significant ways since they were written: Too Intimate for Words, This Is Always Enough, and Searching for Rain in a Monsoon.
You can watch a very lovely interview with John on Buddha at the Gas Pump here that includes some of his music as well. And you can learn more about John and read his blog at his website here. That chapter is a real gem. I also highly recommend the chapter on Tantra, where he talks about "the luminosity of form," transmutation alchemistic practice , and working with energy.
Trungpa sees very clearly the ways we fall into self-deception, and he sees the spiritual path not as one where we aim for blissful states. It involves insult after insult. He fled Tibet as a young monk, lived for a while in India and Scotland and eventually settled in the USA, where he gave up being a monk and became a lay teacher instead. He was an immensely creative man who founded Vajradhatu, the Naropa Institute and Shambhala. He was also a controversial character who drank heavily and had a long-standing habit of coming on sexually to female students and sleeping with many of them—like so many other great spiritual teachers, he was both profoundly realized and humanly flawed—but whatever you think of all that, this book has some excellent material in it.
Another book of his I also enjoyed and would recommend is The Myth of Freedom. I'm not into all the whistles and bells and practices of Tibetan Buddhism, but for the most part, Trungpa comes across in these books as very down to earth and direct. The story is told largely in cartoons about animal characters including a bumbling bloodhound named Unk who is constantly searching for what is already present.
The books do a masterful job of exposing all the ways the seeker typically avoids waking up by seeking it "out there" or trying to grasp it intellectually, all the blind alleys we go down in our pursuit of what is ever-present here-now. Form is not other than emptiness, emptiness not other than form. Leaping clear of the many and the one. These are the Zen lessons these brilliant books convey in such a magnificently simple and direct way. He was born in California in and died there in , and he founded the Blue Dragon Buddhist Order.
Very highly recommended! Bob points to the unbroken, nondual wholeness the One-without-a-second from which no-thing stands apart, and to the fact that there is nothing to do or not do other than exactly what is already choicelessly happening. Bob communicates this radical message in a clear and simple way, drawing from Advaita, Dzogchen, and his own direct seeing.
With Bob, there are no carrots being dangled in front of you, no ego candy, no frills, no sidetracks or compromises, no guru-posturing, no bullshit, no glossy fanfare, no Bob. His message is direct, clean and clear. Bob never for a moment buys into any story that "this isn't it," and he never holds out the fantasy of some final finish-line to be crossed in the future. I met him in person in Chicago in , and I thoroughly enjoyed being with him.
I found him to be a very generous, kind, sincere, awake, down-to-earth, no-nonsense guy with genuine humility, completely devoted to sharing this simple and profound realization. Nothing Else that I very highly recommend. It goes deep and is exquisitely done. You can learn more about Bob at his web site here. I haven't been drawn to the recent material, so I can't comment on it, but the books are great, and if you can find some of his earlier recordings, I suspect they might have been Bob at his best.
Anyway, Bob delivers a wonderful, clear, simple message with no bullshit. His books use words and pictures, and in one case even a hole in the center of the book, to point to the heart of the matter directly and to offer a resounding YES to everything. Whatever Chuck does, it is always fun, wise, and completely liberating. Robert is a nondual author and teacher living in Ojai, California.
He is a very quiet, unpretentious, ordinary, down-to-earth guy whose biggest influences were Ramana Maharshi, J. Krishnamurti, and Zen Buddhism. He says, "To exclude any aspect of Reality is obviously dualistic. The enlightened sage does not go halfway in the Way. Consistency, integrity, honesty are markers of the open path; and the recognition 'all is That, doing what it does' is applied to both negative and positive circumstances without equivocation.
He lived on a farm in a Zen community in California, and later worked as a landscaper, a financial consultant, and a janitor. Following a divorce, Robert bought a camper van and moved into a redwood forest where he lived for several years in solitude contemplating the inner life intensely, and in particular the teachings of J.
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There something "fell into place," and eventually Robert settled in Ojai and began writing and sharing, mostly through one-on-one meetings with people. I resonate deeply with both his message and his teaching style. There are other books as well, and some of his books are available for free download on his website.
She has a long and deep connection with the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, the path of self-inquiry, and the nondual teachings of Zen, Advaita, and the Christian mystics. She speaks and writes from the Heart, with a tenderness and sensitivity deeply attuned to the subtle nuances of life.
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Totally authentic and genuine, her perspective is at once transcendent and down-to-earth. She is no stranger to human pain—her mother died suddenly on the day after Christmas when Dorothy was twelve, her beloved husband of over fifty years died—so Dorothy has known grief and heart-break as well as immense joy. Her most important teachers besides Ramana were Ramesh Balsekar and Adyashanti.
Adya asked her to teach in Ending the Search is one of the clearest and best books on nondual awakening and awareness, and her earlier books of poetry and prose are magnificent as well. Wise, heart-felt, eloquent, lucid, crystal clear, right on the mark—very highly recommended. Robert grew up in the Bronx, where he had a spontaneous awakening as a teenager while taking a math test. This changed the course of his life.
He later spent several years in India with Ramana. At the end of his life, Robert lived in Sedona, Arizona, where he died of Parkinson's disease in Robert comes from the Heart, from silence, and there is a powerful transmission of open presence and freedom that comes through whenever I read or hear his words.
He had a unique and sometimes humorous way of talking about Ultimate Reality, and I find something very beautiful and true in his message. Friends who knew him have described him to me as unassuming and ordinary. Robert says: "Everything is unfolding the way it should There are no mistakes Trust the Power that knows the way You are that Power yourself There's nothing to fix in your life.
Nothing to change. Nothing to accomplish. Nothing to do. Except to abide in the Power that knows the way Only the Self exists Love yourself always. When you love yourself, you love God You are total freedom, right this instant, right this minute Feel the Presence within yourself. Feel the happiness and the joy that you really are You are already Self-realized The truth is you have nothing to transcend, nothing to overcome You are the Imperishable Self.
You can also find many of his talks on YouTube now. Listen with your heart, not with your mind. He points what is clear and obvious: the unencapsulated boundlessness Here-Now—the clear, empty, aware Space in which everything is appearing. He called this discovery "having no head," since our actual experience is of being this wide-open Space this nothingness in which everything, including our face in the mirror and all the other faces, appears.
Here-Now is the Original Face, the One Consciousness, the Space we all have in common, the indivisible Capacity in which the little-me disappears and everything else appears. Harding speaks of this as the true meaning of love. He emphasized the simplicity of this ever-present Open Space.
He wrote many books on the Headless Way, devised a number of simple experiments people can do to help them see the obvious, and gave workshops right up to the end of his life. Douglas Harding has a beautiful way of pointing to what is so clear and obvious that it is easily overlooked. I recommend Face to No-Face as an excellent introduction to his work, and Open to the Source is a lovely book of short quotations from him.
Douglas is one of my all-time favorites. Poonja Papaji , a devotee of Ramana Maharshi. Gangaji has a beautiful heart and a truly remarkable ability to cut through the thinking mind and bring it to a stop, deconstructing all stories and revealing "the radiance at the core. Gangaji was an important teacher for me, I was a devotee for a while she let my bhakti side out of the closet and set it free, for which I remain ever-grateful , and I found her to be very clear, intelligent, insightful, funny, and enlightening.
I love her invitation to give up the search: "Self-inquiry is not a path that leads you somewhere," she says. Gangaji draws freely from Advaita, Buddhism, Christianity, western psychology and other sources, but her teaching comes from the heart and is never bound by any particular packaging or tradition.
Currently based in Ashland, Oregon, Gangaji holds satsangs and retreats here and around the world as well as webcasts. She has written other fine books as well, including Freedom and Resolve , Hidden Treasure, and a collection of photos and essential gems from her teaching called One River — One Ocean — One Heart. CDs and DVDs are also available, and many other resources can be found on her website, including a wonderful radio program with great thirty-minute episodes on particular topics such as addiction, chronic pain, intimacy, depression, anxiety, enlightenment, death, and so on that you can listen to on-line or download.
Very higly recommended. Krishnamurti and others — Wonderful books. Jan offers clear, intelligent, non-dogmatic, open-hearted, bare-bones nondualism, plain and simple, no fanfare. In straightforward , non-religious language, he points to the One Reality—the ocean that is equally present as every wave—the aware beingness that has no borders and no center, which cannot be achieved because it is already effortlessly present.
It is not something which I can prove. But when this space is discovered in your own heart, in the center of your own being, and there is a taste for the vastness of it, it might become clear that this space has no boundaries…It is the most obvious and yet the most overlooked thing there is. I appreciate the term "aware beingness" and the way he makes it clear that awareness and content are "not two. He says that the experience of being a person is not something we need to get rid of, but that it can simply be seen as "one of the ten thousand things. Instead of fighting against it, it can be celebrated.
The collection of interviews in This Is It are wonderful, as is Jan's writing in that book, and it's helpful to hear the message in so many different voices. And his newest book, Beyond , is wonderful. Highly recommended. Nathan points to the simplicity of what is, never wavering from the insistence that absolutely nothing needs to be done or not done. If you're caught up in some grueling practice rooted in stories of lack or fantasies of self-improvement, or if you're seeking or waiting for some kind of explosive future transformation or final event, reading Nathan can be wonderfully liberating.
He dispels any notion that there is something bigger and better to find in the future, he dangles no subtle carrots in front of you, and keeps pointing to this, right here, right now, exactly as it is. It's all a play of appearances. It frees one from the painful need to improve or practice, and from the underlying belief that "this isn't it" and "I'm not there yet. Nathan was a lovely, irreverent, down to earth guy who never tried to set himself above those who came to him. He worked as a gardener and held meetings in the UK about nonduality for a number of years.
Nathan ended his life in after many years of a debilitating illness. His website is no longer up, but there is a Facebook page dedicated to him, and there might still be some clips of him on YouTube. He was a friend, and a lovely man, with a clear and simple message, and these books are jewels. Gilbert is a contemporary Australian who offers uncompromising, radical nonduality. No carrots are being dangled in front of you here.
Nothing is on offer to do or to attain—no path, no method, no special states— just the simple, non-conceptual recognition of what is "clear and obvious. He doesn't talk about himself at all, instead urging his listeners to focus on the message and not the messenger: "As a messenger, I am here to do a job," he writes.
He points in a very direct and clear way to what he calls ordinary wakefulness, immediate seeing-knowing or presence-awareness. This simple, naked, immediate Knowing is non-conceptual and ever-present. It is ordinary, absolutely ordinary. It is so ordinary that no one notices its immaculate nature. Hidden in plain view. Nothing can be added to this wakefulness and there is no need to add anything to it. It is already pure. Nothing can be taken away from it. This is the natural state It is not knowledge. It is always immediate knowing. This knowing is ever prior to all thoughts or states in body-mind.
You are THAT. Gilbert transcribed and edited Bob's first book and has helped in many ways to bring Bob's teaching to the world. Gilbert was also a co-creator of the Urban Guru Cafe. Gilbert points out that seeking some special experience or some imaginary future transformation is the very thing that prevents us from noticing what is fully present here-now. Let the natural state resonate.
We can simply open to the warmth of our own Being and stay quietly attentive. With a simple open view, you may very well see clearly that you have never been bound, and that this innate freedom is yours…Use this natural power of discrimination. See the true and see the false and KNOW the difference…What you are is all that you need…Let the mind rest on nothing.
Let it be spacious. A living openness. Gilbert has no use for spiritual teachings and teachers that offer practices or methods for attaining what is already effortlessly present, thereby in his view only reinforcing the root delusion. And Gilbert doesn't allow the seeker to indulge their personal drama in any way, insisting that "all psychological suffering is completely unnecessary.
And it's fascinating to see how the mind will argue with this uncompromising stance, saying "yes, but Gilbert can be quite challenging in all of this, but as he suggests, if you can use his challenges as an opportunity to look more deeply, rather than taking them as personal insults, they can be useful to those who genuinely want to wake up. And there is a gentle sensitivity and a tender heart behind Gilbert's radical and uncompromising expression: "Be warm to yourself," he says, "Stop beating yourself up with concepts.
Gilbert has written several other books and produced several audio recordings in the past, but these may no longer be available. And this most recent book is all you need to get the essential message.
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You can also find some audio with him on the Urban Guru Cafe. And you can watch videos of him on his YouTube page and here. More on his Facebook page and on his website. The interviews run about 20 to 30 minutes each and are intercut with music and other sound effects in a way I find very appealing. Areti is a great interviewer—she asks just the right questions in a very concise way, drawing out each speaker and keeping her own words to a minimum. If not, you can do a google search for a particular person at Urban Guru Cafe or just scroll through them all on the UGC site.
A real treasure trove. This book is a rare jewel—simple, deep, clear, genuine and definitely one-of-a-kind. I fell in love with his beautiful heart, his quiet stillness, his unpretentious simplicity and humility, his love of nature and animals, and his utterly unique way of talking about spiritual realization. John speaks from and points you to that silent, still presence that is right here, the jewel beyond all price, available to everyone, but often undiscovered. This is about direct knowing and being, not ideas, beliefs or metaphysical speculation.
John comes from the heart and from deep presence, not from the head or mental ideas. The book shares stories about his life and profound spiritual insights. Meditation has been at the heart of his long spiritual journey, during which among other things he has been an organic farmer in the UK, a teacher in Russia, and a traveler in many lands including North and South America and Africa.
His approach to meditation, which you can hear him describe here, is wonderfully grounded, simple, open and totally congruent with my own. There are many other lovely talks on his YouTube channel , all of them permeated with stillness and presence and his twinkling sense of wonderment. He has several other books I haven't read.
He is also now offering retreats there. He comes from the Heart, and love just pours out of him. He has a wonderful sense of humor as well. I met him once in Chicago at a small gathering and felt that I was in the presence of a very genuine, warm-hearted, generous, deeply awakened being—a clear light. I've seen many of his satsangs on video in subsequent years.
He strips away everything that can be stripped away, pointing in a simple, direct, immediate way to what cannot be removed: the boundless, unborn, unconditioned, limitless, formless, information-less, pure awareness that is prior to i. And it is to this ultimate and most liberating reality that his life is dedicated. In , an encounter with a Christian mystic led Mooji to "walk out of his life," and a few years later, his spiritual journey took him to India where he met the man he calls his Master, H.
Mooji points to a liberating shift from the constriction of identifying as a separate person to the freedom of recognizing oneself as impersonal boundless presence, and ultimately, as the pure awareness that is subtler even than the first sense of presence. Mooji has no interest in psychological or social problems, personal stories, past history, future hopes, or any of that—he is totally focused on helping people to recognize and abide as pure awareness.
While this is definitely a transcendent approach, Mooji doesn't in any way reject the world, which he describes as the dynamic expression of consciousness. The search for truth is not about running away from the things of this world but about understanding their ephemeral nature. And more than that, it is about discovering our true nature as an inherent stillness from where even the subtlest movements of phenomena are perceived.