The Art of Being – a discourse on love, freedom and bliss. Edition 2 Release Date: November 2020
1. Communication –
The main problem of human relationship is communication. If we are not examining together as two friends in deep abiding affection we shall not get very far. When we can put aside our views, opinions and justifications, leave behind our backyards, we can go into a great many things.
2. The Way of the Buddha –
An in depth look at the teachings of Buddha, particularly with regard to the self, and the way in which he expounded those teachings to prepare us for the death experience.
3. Buddha’s Message –
This chapter describes the relationship between joy and freedom and the importance of independence in our investigation of Truth. It looks in detail at Buddha’s message of impermanence and advocates courage in our approach to the new.
4. Fear –
An introductory look into the nature and structure of fear. ‘What is fear, why do we fear and what we do in response to fear?’ are some of the questions that are examined. A brief overview on love is also introduced, an additional description that together lays an important foundation.
5. Dependency –
An important discussion of the dependence of the religious search and the poverty of spiritual elitism. It draws upon earlier discussions of attachment and awareness to further clarify the fundamental fears which lead to dependence, and away from freedom.
6. Can Thought Ever Be Free? –
A detailed analysis of thought, language and time and the development of knowledge and understanding. This chapter also describes the freedom to be gained from understanding beyond the field of the known.
7. Your True Nature –
An honest account of the desperate search for fulfilment which characterises much of human society and history. This chapter then goes on to reveal the true source of fulfilment and the truth behind the isolation which many of us fear so much; the essential nature of us all, which is pure empty awareness.
8. Only Love Dispels Hate –
An analysis of fear and hate and their intrinsic relation to the process of thought, the urge to power, which is ego. This is a culmination of our understanding of the process of the self, which is conflict, and it challenges the idea that love and hate are opposing forces.
9. Good and Evil –
This chapter analyses the illusory extent to which good and evil are culturally conditioned and individually justified, re-examining our perception of what is ‘civilised’ and redefining absolute goodness as absolute order, with ramifications for wider society..
10. Fundamental AMness –
Drawing upon the Buddha’s Noble Truths, this chapter explores the limited perception of selfhood and conventional reality. It describes the power of pure vision and our awareness of existence when free from the limitations of the ego.
11. Sensation –
Using our five known senses as a starting point, this is a challenging exploration of sensory input and the effect of thought and identification in the process of creating and strengthening our sense of self.
12. Desire –
The discussion of sensation prepares the reader for this in depth analysis of desire and its intrinsic relation to the process of ego. This chapter deals with satisfaction and self-interest as the primary drives in our endless and deluded search for fulfilment.
13. Desire: A Deeper Look –
This is the culmination of our rigorous discussion of desire and sensation, in which the author advocates a choiceless awareness of the present moment that comes from pure observation, free from the traps of desire and ego.
14. Meekness is Power –
A discussion of interdependence and the roles of the individual, ambition and competition in society. This leads to an explanation of true power, which is meekness as exemplified by Buddha and Jesus.
15. Love and Forgiveness –
A discursive look at our ideals of romantic love, passion and sex, all of which lie in the realm of the ego. This discussion leads to a description of what is genuine love, and the barriers which prevent our experience of it. .
16. Quality of Stillness –
This chapter looks at the tension and resistance which exist in our lives and which prevent us from appreciating life’s wonders. Awareness of the present moment can bring about clarity in what is called the quality of stillness, free from the distractions of the ego.
“Real meditation is to be free of all conditioning. It is the put aside all that man has ever said about meditation – the vain descriptions of eternity and silence – and discover the art of unpremeditated Being for yourself. Meditation is to be free of all dependency, to be free of all the knowledge that you have accumulated over time. One must not be psychologically dependent upon anything, for if you are psychologically dependent upon something – a system, a structure or a pattern – then of course there can be no freedom. Only in freedom is there the awakening of intelligence.”