Unlike most of the articles on this website, which were created as part of a consecutive series, all the articles listed below were either written as stand-alone articles, or to provide an ‘overview’ of the ‘Meditation Guidance’ articles for Buddhist readers. Click on the article’s title, or it’s icon image, to access the full article.
Hui Neng gained Enlightenment outside of the Buddhist tradition and then played a key role in the renewal of the lineage of Zen Buddhism. I have had a great love of the Hui Neng autobiography ever since I came across it in the 1980s. Written in 2012, this article is a re-telling of the key events of that story, with a particular focus on that aspect of non-dual realisation which came to be called the Mirror-Like Wisdom.
In the ‘Meditation Guidance’ series I set out to present a non-dual approach to meditation, using Jung’s ‘Functions of Consciousness’ in place of the Buddhist ‘Five Skandhas‘; and using the ancient Indian brahmavihāras in place of the Five Wisdoms. I wrote this ‘Overview’ article (and ‘Overview Part 2’ below) to give Buddhist readers an explanation of my thinking in approaching the series in this way.
This article explores the notion of embodied Consciousness, explaining it in three main ways. Firstly, the foundational idea of ‘resting as Consciousness’ in a ‘just sitting’ meditation is explained. The psychodynamic description of embodied Consciousness using mandala imagery, is then contrasted with the hierarchical description of embodied Consciousness that is provided by the ‘somatic anatomy’ of the subtle bodies and chakras.
I have developed a self-enquiry dyad model, which I call ‘Mandala Innerwork’, which combines elements of Eugene Gendlin’s ‘Focusing’ approach to self-enquiry and psychological healing; Marshall Rosenberg’s practice of ‘Self-Empathy’; and the Buddha’s enquiry into the ‘Emptiness of the Five Skandhas‘. In this article I present an overview of my approach, with particular reference to the practice of self-empathy in Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model.