Welcome to Insight
The Wisdom of Fully Being
Insight practice harnesses the analytical power of the mind to peer deeply into the nature of reality. With a thorough grounding in calmness and clarity, the innate penetrating quality of insight can emerge. We explore what is ultimately and relatively true.
With clarity, calmness and essence love as a platform, we focus the penetrating analytic mind on identity and phenomena to uncover their nature.
Clear confidence in understanding the nature of the four I’s. Direct experience and insight into how they function.
Lack of establishing calm and clear, reifying or freezing experience, materialistic bias, being too heavy and serious, lumping discrete things together, feeling hollow, lack of simplicity.
Below is a syllabus of the Insight section
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Three Ways to Develop Insight
- How can we use listening, reflection and meditation to wake up?
- There is a threefold traditional way to dispel ignorance:
- Learning through listening and studying
- Resolving our doubts and gaining certainty through reflection
- And fully transforming our deepest patterns and conditioning through the wisdom of meditation.
All three need to work together to help us wake up.
- A characteristic of fully being is our ability to use listening, reflection and meditation to wake up. Practice listening without bias or preconceptions to a short but meaningful teaching many times on different occasions when we are in different moods and places. Notice how our listening capacity changes in terms of how present we are, how we overlay interpretations and the emotional resonance.Notice the change in the mind’s activity when we shift from listening to contemplation. See how our relationship to doubt and uncertainty changes or not as we thoroughly contemplate the dharma.
- Once we have listened and fully contemplated a dharma text, use the power of meditation to cut through our deepest obscuring patterns. We can repeat this threefold cycle many times.
- Three ways to dispel ignorance
Two Kinds of Insight
- What are the two kinds of insight and their connection?
- There are two kinds of insight: that which arises from the body and feelings, and the other through investigative inquiry.
- Hold experience like a baby, neither too tight nor too loose.
- The mere I has a soft and light grasping. It can act in the world in a relaxed, spacious and non-reactive way.
- The mere I allows the space for essence love to play.
- Familiarize yourself with insights that come from feeling and the body. Feel the texture and energy movement in this kind of insight practice.
- Practice calm abiding without an object, resting in nowness without distraction or effort, and suddenly ask, “Who is meditating, who is the handshaker?” Then relax back to calm abiding. Alternate these in your practice.
- When watching movies or TV, observe how you react to or are triggered by different characters and their actions. Look carefully at where you get drawn in to the story and forget you are observing. Transfer this practice to your daily life and look at patterns of engaging, rejecting and feeling indifferent to the situations you find yourself in.
- Hold a tissue softly, squeeze and scrunch it, feeling the effect on the muscles and nerves of your hand, arm and shoulder. Then over-relax and loosely drop the tissue. Alternate squeezing and dropping. Connect to what the feeling and energy is under the habit of squeezing and of dropping. Once you have experience with both of these extremes, find the “sweet spot”, the middle way between the two with the tissue. Explore the feeling and energy of this “just right” space.
- Insight of the heart and mind
- Find the handshaker
- Feel the flow of impermanence
- Healthy grasping is playful
Insight and Clarity
- How do we use inquiry and insight to analyse the truth of things?
- Insight practice happens after we established calmness and clarity.
- Insight uses sharpened intelligence to analyze the truth of things.
- Concentrated intelligence uses inquiry for insight to manifest.
- As calm abiding becomes stronger, shift once and awhile to inquiry, turning into yourself and asking, “What is this faculty of insight? How is it the same or different from simple knowing?”
- Feel the energetic quality of investigation in the subtle body. Tune in to the movement of prana as we investigate.
- Simple knowing is not insight
- Sharpen intelligence
- Always be aware of calm and clear