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Words With Freight

Are we using words with freight? Robert Aitken spent his entire chapter on jnana describing how language has lost its power. He writes, “All words and phrases were intimate with experience but many have lost their intimacy, which is to say they have lost their meaning.…

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    Healing Knowledge

    Jnana is healing knowledge. While learning about this tenth and final paramita, the word knowledge is regularly used to translate it. The reason so many Western writers use other translations (like awakened awareness) is because for us, knowledge is so riddled with complications. Knowledge can be…

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    Ninja Wisdom: Cultivate Zanshin

    Zanshin is total and complete awareness. You could say it is the martial arts equivalent of jnana, awakened awareness, because it is a way of being that permeates everything. When we translate it literally, it means something like “remaining mind.” Not ‘remaining’ like whatever is left…

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    Awareness Embodies Wisdom

    Awareness embodies wisdom. But they are not the same thing. Lama Surya Das puts it this way: Wisdom is everything. Awakened awareness realizes this. In other words, awakened awareness is what allows wisdom to be embodied in a holistic way. Wisdom becomes being. Another way of…

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    The Pearl of Awareness

    Awakened awareness is like a radiant pearl. It is found naturally. It comes into existence through both time and trial. And those who know its worth most fully rest in its beauty most completely. The pearl of awareness resides within us all. Many of us do…

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    Introducing Awakened Awareness

    June marks the final month of the Paramita Project! This month, I’ll be practicing and pondering jnana, which can be translated as awakened awareness. What a beautiful note on which to end this symphony of spiritual practices, yes?! Lama Surya Das says, “Jnana paramita is simply…