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When Awareness Becomes Insight

July 10, 2012

Book coverWhen you sit and listen to a lecture, you direct your attention to the speaker; but you also know that you and the speaker are not the only people in the room. You have the sense that you are sitting in the middle or the inside of the space—somewhat like being immersed in water, underneath the ocean. This experience is an example of a greater awareness, which is tangible, real, and experiential. When awareness relates to experience in this way, it is called insight. Sometimes insight is spoken of in terms of light or luminosity. But this doesn’t mean something flourescent. It refers to the sense of clarity that exists in the experience of awareness.

From The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation, pages 107–108.

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2 Responses to When Awareness Becomes Insight

  • pemsi says:

    one of the only Master who could explain a unique experience that one knew already without being able to express verbally.

    Posted on July 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  • Philip McC says:

    Thousands of years ago, a religious leader chose one of the most vial hated people to go out and preach his lessons. This chosen person had the experience in the local customs as well as being a citizen of the dominating empire. He was also a member of the local political group. His experience is what set him apart, yet God changed his heart from destruction to teaching and saving. His name was Paul.

    Posted on July 20, 2012 at 11:32 am