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It's all about "ladder work" – helping and being helped

Downloadable/rental versions of the Mister Rose video and of April TAT talks Remembering Your True Desire:

"You don't know anything until you know Everything...."

Mister Rose is an intimate look at a West Virginia native many people called a Zen Master because of the depth of his wisdom and the spiritual system he conveyed to his students. Profound and profane, Richard Rose was not the kind of man most people picture when they think of mystics or spiritual teachers. Yet, he was the truest of teachers, one who had "been there," one who had the cataclysmic experience of spiritual enlightenment.

Filmed in the spring of 1991, the extraordinary documentary follows Mr. Rose from a radio interview, to a university lecture and back to his farm, as he talks about his experience, his philosophy and the details of his life.

Whether you find him charming or offensive, fatherly or fearsome, you will not forget him, and never again will you think about yourself, reality, or life after death in quite the same way.

3+ hours total. Rent or buy at tatfoundation.vhx.tv/.

2012 April TAT Meeting – Remembering Your True Desire

Includes all the speakers from the April 2012 TAT meeting: Art Ticknor, Bob Fergeson, Shawn Nevins and Heather Saunders.

1) Remembering Your True Desire ... and Acting on It, by Art Ticknor
Spiritual action is like diving for the Pearl beyond Price. What do you do when you don't know what to do or how to do it? An informal discussion centered around the question: "What prevents effective spiritual action?"

2) Swimming in the Inner Ocean: Trips to the Beach, by Bob Fergeson
A discussion of the varied ways we can use in order to hear the voice of our inner ocean, the heart of our true desires.

3) A Wider and Wilder Vision, by Shawn Nevins
Notes on assumptions, beliefs, and perspectives that bind and free us.

4) Make Your Whole Life a Prayer, by Heather Saunders
An intriguing look into a feeling-oriented approach to life.

5+ hours total. Rent or buy at tatfoundation.vhx.tv/.

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Reader Commentary

Encouraging interactive readership among TAT members and friends

Last month the Forum staff asked the question: When you meditate, what constitutes a "good" session? submitted by Bill K. [We're always happy to get your questions for other readers!] The complete response from Richard G. follows:

From Richard G:
My view on meditation is basic and simplistic. Methods to quiet the "mind" seem to be geared toward relaxation. This type of "meditation" is very helpful to reduce anxiety, move toward sleep and/or calm when there is a general distress or upset. I equate this type of meditation as a generator of positive feelings, thoughts, and sensations. In other words, a "warm fuzzy" facilitator. However, this type of meditation I think avoids or suppresses "what is" and reinforces the "power" of mental faculties.

I seem to be convinced that self-inquiry (going within) through questioning, koans, and/or focusing on the sense of I-ness or I am-ness (challenging the substantiality or validity of self or I) goes directly to the heart of the matter. The "heart of the problem" seems to be the "I thought," the sense of "I-ness," or of "I am-ness." I'm not sure if these concepts are interchangeable. I'm no longer sure why I'm moving in this direction, but for now I will trust intuition.

Challenging the pervasiveness of the "I thought" and directing the mental faculties to a point or degree where thinking or the thinking process is arrested or no longer functional is the discipline I'm using now. This challenging of the "I thought" does seem to facilitate a "subtractive" process: identifying what I'm not. When thinking seems to lose its effectiveness or experience as being the core of consciousness, all sorts of things and views are recognized that I hadn't recognized before, such as a no-state state, void, or significant reduction of objects of consciousness.

I like to review a set of inquiries before meditation, which can occur anywhere and anytime. A quietness in the environment seems to help and reduce distractions. Lately I have been attempting to use self-inquiry when I'm in more "attention grabbing" situations. Here are some examples of questions I have developed, extrapolated from others, or used from readings, such as Solid Ground of Being, TAT Archives, and writings of Robert Wolfe. All seem very helpful to generate questions.

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