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πŸ“˜ Seeing That Frees – by Rob Burbea

Seeing That Frees leads the meditator through layers of practice. It approaches the Buddha’s teaching at increasingly deeper levels. Starting from first principles, Rob Burbea explains the various terms and practices.

“It is a book about practice, and about the profoundly freeing insights that anyone who practices can discover and unfold from themselves first hand.”

Rob Burbea

The reader should have an established meditation practice with exposure to cultivation and insight techniques. However, it could be used as a navigation aid for someone starting to practice using other resources.

One of Rob Burbea’s qualities as a teacher was his ability to start from where the student was, and find the practices that were helpful to them in that moment, while never putting a limit on what they might ultimately be capable of as they developed.

β€œIt is rare to find a book that explores so deeply the philosophical underpinnings of awakening at the same time as offering the practical means to realize it”.

Joseph Goldstein‘s introduction to Seeing That Frees

β€œThis great book can inspire us to the highest goals of spiritual awakening”.

Joseph Goldstein‘s introduction to Seeing That Frees

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πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Meditation: Fix Problems Or Make A Path?

I heard a meditation teacher give an interesting answer to a student’s question. The course was about embodiment and the question was about trauma. The teacher said something like this:

“Don’t make a meditation project out of healing your trauma. Instead, cultivate the qualities that meditation offers, and let them do the healing.”

Some people use meditation as a collection of tips and tricks to fix specific problems. Others meditate as a path taught by the Buddha and other teachers. So which makes sense for me?

There are multiple problems that I’m struggling with, but the one that troubles me the most changes day by day. So there’s a regular feeling of alarm, but an irregular response from my mind about what to do about it. This increases anxiety and damages confidence.

However, if I take the teacher’s advice above, then I have a single problem. Meditation starts quite simply and becomes more complex as you see the options for further practice. But I can take it one step at a time. I can focus. I can think, without being scattered by shifting priorities.

So, I’ll focus on building a coherent path of meditation. And I’ll write about it here.