“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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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,…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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  1. Dr. Doug Werner on August 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Hello Fred,

    Nice to meet you here. I have been a student of 16th Karmapa and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1979. I attended Chogyam Trungpas funeral service in Vermont way back in 1987. Perhaps you were there. Thank you for your blogs and stories and devotion to the Dharma! E Ma Ho!

    Dr. Doug Werner

  2. Jim on May 16, 2023 at 1:37 AM

    Fred, thank you for your videos recently on YouTube. I was eagerly awaiting the next additions, I hope you consider publishing some more. In any case, thank you for your contribution.

  3. Gin Arnold on August 22, 2023 at 1:24 PM

    There was a problem with the system as it kept asking for a @ even though I had included it. BUT I have been an Upasak for over 20 years but have had little contact with teachers or other practitioners. I am 81 years old, living with my wife in a small village in the mountains of Ecuador. I meditate each day, read and study I hope for my next birth to a higher plain, Thank you for your words.

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