“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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Epigrams #1: Nothing

By Fred Meyer | March 15, 2022

Only a Buddhist truly understands nothing. Only a Buddhist truly understands that nothing helps. Only a Buddhist truly understands that nothing matters. Only a Buddhist truly understands that nothing is perfect. There’s nothing to do, so do it. None of this means anything.

When Everything Stops

By Fred Meyer | March 3, 2022

How about the stop Where the heart pounds and the breath alternates In a place that is always still: A pond that the wind never ruffles Where the fish move through the motionless And the dragonflies flit in precise increments Over a reflection without distortion. Space is always stopped; After all, where does it have…

Nothing There

By Fred Meyer | February 25, 2022

What if you looked inside and there was nothing there, No one looking back when you stared, And when you scanned around your room it was mostly nothing too With some furniture to enhance the absence, And out the windows you saw trees, plants and grass Decorating a garden that now wavered a bit in…

Advice

By Fred Meyer | January 8, 2022

From loving kindness and compassion, the nature of mind stripped of all obstacles, I tap with this finger without an owner, words to all those suffering in this Dark Age. No matter what your occupation or preoccupation, listen to these words from nothing that knows. This world you live in has never, doesn’t now, and…

Rest

By Fred Meyer | December 26, 2021

We should rest in mind, not search for it; why search for what we already are?  When Self-liberation appears within, Engage not in logic and speculation Lest meaningless activities involve you. Son, rest yourself without wandering thoughts. Do you understand, Venerable Monk from Weu? (The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, 242)   This is a…

Tögal

By Fred Meyer | December 26, 2021

Tögal, the last of the last nonexistence Beyond the space of non self, past the space of an unreal world And beyond the endlessness of endless emptiness. When light leaves and the eyes flash in what is left The anchor of sight is pulled and the vessel of awareness drifts Into the fog of no…

Compassion

By Fred Meyer | November 18, 2021

Blindly trying to help without understanding a given situation causes more harm than good.  Compassion is sensitivity to the suffering of others, and the desire to relieve that suffering. It is one of the two wings of enlightenment, the other being wisdom. Enlightened wisdom keeps us from psychological confusion and pain, and enlightened compassion keeps…

Dharma Teachers

By Fred Meyer | October 1, 2021

We see how important it is to recognize and cherish authentic teachers—especially in Tibetan Buddhism, where allowing devotion to lapse is not only harmful to one’s enlightenment, but to one’s health. Today is the twenty-fifth parinirvana of my teacher, the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. A great teacher’s death is called a parinirvana (“highest nirvana”), because…

Enlightenment Came With The Rain

By Fred Meyer | September 21, 2021

Enlightenment Came With the Rain What I have always been, but never realized, came with the rain. The true nature streamed from the sky, From above, as blessings do. No cares now, only the rain pattering. What pleasure to be free of mind’s choices, To perceive without attachment. Without hoping for perfection or fearing its…

Enlightened Awareness

By Fred Meyer | April 25, 2020

The true nature of mind has two major components: emptiness and awareness. We have discussed emptiness earlier, and in this blog we will turn to awareness, the second aspect of mind. We can think of awareness from either an everyday or enlightened perspective. For most people, what experiences the world feels like something they possess…

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