Subtle and gross reality | Scientifically Spiritual 2

[Image taken from TuMadre] In my previous post, Science and spirituality 1, I tried to make clear what the scientific meditator does: He observes reality objectively at a very basic level of observable reality, namely where consciousness comes into contact with phenomena at either of the six sense-doors of feeling, seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing and thinking. … Continue reading Subtle and gross reality | Scientifically Spiritual 2

Inner and outer realities | Scientifically Spiritual 1

[Featured image by Bob21 at Pixdaus] With a series of not too long posts, titled Scientifically Spiritual, I'd like to clarify a bit about what it's like to be a "scientific meditator" - after all, what's scientific for a meditator? Doesn't he just sit and stare into a wall, or what?! As it turns out, this meditator's … Continue reading Inner and outer realities | Scientifically Spiritual 1

Paradoxes 101: What is a paradox?

[Image Source] When practicing Vipassana meditation you essentially practice to see things as they really are. This requires your way of looking to change quite a bit from the ordinary. And when looking in this altered way, paradoxes emerge. Following is a list of paradoxes that I intend to delve into in upcoming posts: - … Continue reading Paradoxes 101: What is a paradox?

The Ego Explained

The word "ego" is in my experience a very misunderstood word. People generally have a very different, and very surface level, understanding of this word when they use it in everyday language. Take for instance the phrase: "That guy has a big ego", which is commonly said of someone who puts a lot of emphasize … Continue reading The Ego Explained

Vipassana Meditation

We are all gathered here in this world to get through this thing called life. As there are no specific instructions on how to do this, we must go by feel a lot of the time, and when we do, we realize that all we really want is to suffer less and be more happy. … Continue reading Vipassana Meditation

You create your own suffering

I know that what the title says here sounds highly provocative, because you are after all not responsible for most events that may cause you to suffer, like having your wallet stolen, getting bullied or getting struck by lightning. These are all things that are out of your control and no one can blame you if … Continue reading You create your own suffering

Do I have free will?

Exactly this question, was what initially triggered me to start investigating my mind through daily meditation, philosophizing and contemplating seriously. I had been thinking a bit about it for a few days in a row, which resulted in an all night long discussion with a friend when I came over for dinner during those days. After … Continue reading Do I have free will?