On Beyond Zen

Exploring Pointers On Beyond the Dream of Separation

No Path To Everywhere

By Eric Platt | January 31, 2024 |

What the coffee-addled brain spit out this morning: Jiddu Krishnamurti said something along those lines – in the elegant phrase “the pathless path” – but the complaint (such as by…

Two Kinds of Liberty and Ultimate Liberation

By Eric Platt | January 21, 2024 |

I remember once being at lunch with a friend, many years ago, and mentioning regarding freedom, that there is freedom from and freedom to. I’d heard it from a teacher,…

Poem: She Is There (guest post by Rachel Sopher)

By Eric Platt | January 20, 2024 |

Our body is an empty cup From loss to loss to mourn to grow up is to grieve And still she is there spinning through sky’s waters long tentacles flowing…

Waking From the Dream

By Eric Platt | January 12, 2024 |

The dream metaphor is very beautiful and powerful. It is no wonder that it has been used so frequently by teachers, especially of the Direct Path: Ramana Maharshi, Atmananda Krishna…

A Paradox of the Direct Path Resolved by the Dream Metaphor

By Eric Platt | January 7, 2024 |

There is a strange and interesting paradox (to the mind) about the so-called “Direct Path” to “spiritual awakening”: One sees teachers that talk about (or are examples of) the “direct…

Three Keys of So-Called “Spiritual Enlightenment”

By Eric Platt | January 5, 2024 |

Three Insights (and 3 key questions). They are all interconnected. See if you can see how.   1. How Many Minds Have You There are not two minds. There is…

What Is “Enlightenment” (of the “Spiritual” Variety)?

By Eric Platt | January 3, 2024 |

The idea of enlightenment is like a disease in the spiritual world, in the communities, offline and on. An infection. It infects the mind: thinking one can become enlightened, wanting…

Are You Serious? The Mystery of Grace

By Eric Platt | December 29, 2023 |

Being serious, being earnest. About the truth … That phrase — “the truth”, or “Truth” — has come to mean something different here. All Else is Distraction Most people’s problem…

The Real Value Of Meditation

By Eric Platt | December 21, 2023 |

Meditation can be good for the body and mind, temporarily. It’s beautiful thing, like a tranquilizing drug, to help with clarity of mind and relaxation of the body. It can,…

Letting Go of Depression for Good

By Eric Platt | December 17, 2023 |

Letting Go of Depression (and Moods) Preamble The long and short of it: we all have ups and downs in how we feel – our “mood” if you will. This…

Feelings & Emotions – Practical Spirituality

By Eric Platt | December 6, 2023 |

It’s about experience. What we are trying to convey here, in this writing – as much as possible, within the limits of language and the author’s understanding – is what…

Is There Such as a Thing as Absolute Truth?

By Eric Platt | November 26, 2023 |

If you want to say there there is no absolute truth, such as “it’s all just narrative”, with no certainty – certainties, as for example the ones revealed in the…

How to Get What You Want (Part 1) – On Goals and Goal Setting

By Eric Platt | November 23, 2023 |

There’s a big difference between what they call “setting goals” and pursuing them – such as in the self-help field – and the way that life happens in actual experience,…

Recent Comments