System of Practise

  1. “Integration” – becoming present in our experience by attending to posture,
    soma, hara, core, breath. As hindrances abate, shamatha manifests.

  1. “Positive emotion” – further ‘integrating’ with the direct somatic experience of
    the heart centre and its qualities. Opening to any feelings that are present, letting
    them be what they are. Opening to kindness, sensitivity, confidence,
    unconditional love, compassion, etc. Allowing or simply noticing that the heart
    qualities are boundless.
  2. “Spiritual death” – now, integrating vipashyana inquiry into direct experience.
    Using prajna ‘wise discernment’ as a nonconceptual ‘tool’ to become
    experientially clear regarding our essential nature and what is. Somatically,
    exploring shape, boundaries, somatic space, sensations, somatic energy.
    Inquiring into all kinds of sense experience for the substantial entity which our
    self-narrative posits that “I am”.
  3. “Spiritual rebirth” – the corollary of any seeing-through of a previously held
    illusion (i.e. a “spiritual death”), is the state of positive freedom from that illusion
    and seeing ‘what is’, in its absence. With any such deepening or paradigm shift,
    there sooner or later comes an arising of unintegrated ‘stuff’ that needs
    integrating – this is the ‘work’ of the spiritual rebirth aspect.
  4. “Receptivity” – Effortless and spontaneous integration and embodiment of all
    the previous principles. Formless shamatha-vipashyana. Wholeness,