“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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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…


By Fred Meyer | March 25, 2020

All Buddhist traditions practice meditation, because the Buddha did so as a means to attain enlightenment. Meditation varies in different disciplines, but the rationale for doing it, in every one, is enlightenment. Enlightenment involves experiencing the true nature of mind, so it makes sense to look at mind with meditation until its nature reveals itself.…


By Fred Meyer | January 29, 2020

The language I am using is dualistic. It accepts that there is always a subject that does something (verb), to another (object). So, from the very start the topic of duality is confused by the language used to explain it. To give an example, let’s take the following very common instruction a beginning meditator receives.…


By Fred Meyer | December 27, 2019

For a more detailed treatment of emptiness from The Truth about Enlightenment: How to Find Egolessness, Nonduality, and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path, view this sample chapter. Emptiness is a pivotal term and experience in the Dharma. A nice way to think of it is as being without thingness. That which is empty has no…

Self in Buddhism

By Fred Meyer | December 14, 2019

To those who meditate, self is what does their thinking, breathing or anything else they consider to be meditation. For them, there is meditation and a meditator that does the meditation. What performs their meditation, or anything else in their life, is construed as self. The realized or enlightened, those who experience the true nature…

The Relative and Absolute World

By Fred Meyer | December 4, 2019

Most of us live in the relative world. It is a dualistic world split into a self that we feel is inside us and a world outside that we try to align with self’s wishes. The interaction between self and what lies outside it creates three types of behavior: wanting, rejecting and ignoring. These behaviors…

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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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