“Enlightenment exists, and we can attain it. We can transmute the pain of existence, and realize the perfection that we are.”

From The Truth about Enlightenment: How to Find Egolessness, Nonduality, and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path

Fred H. Meyer, MD

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Binge Thinking

By Fred Meyer | September 25, 2022

This is the chapter “Binge Thinking” from Beyond Belief: Life on the Buddhist Path. “Binge thinking” is a cute way to introduce a topic, but it’s also a literal description of a problem that has a great deal in common with binge drinking. I have a lot of experience with binge drinking, and with binge…

Rest

By Fred Meyer | September 6, 2022

This is Chapter 19, “Rest,” from The Truth about Enlightenment: How to Find Egolessness, Nonduality, and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path. (You can also download this chapter as a PDF.) After reading about self-existing awareness, vajra being, and crazy wisdom, a simple topic like rest might seem out of place. But the fact is, rest…

Samadhi

By Fred Meyer | August 24, 2022

Samadhi is a Sanskrit term usually translated as concentration. I have some problem with that definition, though, because it implies fixing mind on something else, like an object or the breath. In my experience, Samadhi is more about collecting or holding mind than focusing it on something. Practicing it correctly we don’t attach mind to…

The Enlightenment Question

By Fred Meyer | July 13, 2022

In this series of articles I have described various aspects of enlightenment, but I have not addressed why one might wish to become enlightened. Attaining it is a rigorous process that for most takes thousands of hours of learning, meditation and at least in Vajrayana Buddhism, turning one’s heart and mind over to another human…

Compassion

By Fred Meyer | June 29, 2022

This is Chapter 9, “Compassion,” from The Truth about Enlightenment: How to Find Egolessness, Nonduality, and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path. (You can also download this chapter as a PDF.) Like all insights in Buddhism, compassion (Sanskrit karuna) is felt. The feeling of compassion brings a natural sense of richness that expands limitlessly. Accompanying that…

Enlightened Compassion

By Fred Meyer | June 20, 2022

Compassion is a human characteristic; some may say the most human of all. It is also the premier activity of enlightened people, as well as the major reason Buddhists commit to becoming enlightened. Those with Buddhist insight are particularly suited for experiencing compassion, compassion being defined as awareness of the suffering of others and the…

Form

By Fred Meyer | May 22, 2022

We have talked about emptiness, so it makes sense to talk about form. Logically, we could say that there is form because of emptiness and vice versa. In other words, if everything were form we would never have made a distinction about it and called it form. It’s like a fish would never make a…

Emptiness

By Fred Meyer | April 27, 2022

This is Chapter 6, “Emptiness,” from The Truth about Enlightenment: How to Find Egolessness, Nonduality, and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path. (You can also download this chapter as a PDF.) Emptiness (or voidness, Sanskrit shunyata) is nothingness with a difference. Along with its inseparable companion, awareness, it is one of the two major aspects of…

Egolessness of Self

By Fred Meyer | April 5, 2022

This is Chapter 3, “Egolessness of Self,” from The Truth about Enlightenment: How to Find Egolessness, Nonduality, and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path. (You can also download this chapter as a PDF.) At this point, we turn to discussing the actual insights that arise on the path to enlightenment. The first of these is egolessness…

Fear on Cat’s Feet

By Fred Meyer | March 31, 2022

Fear on cat’s feet creeps into the heart And I become a mouse frozen before its bright golden eyes. The look is not malicious, though much too intent. Where will all this end up? Well, in death of course, the dustbin of all existence. The trick is not to exist, and it can be done,…

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