Deep time & Big Mind

 

I have been reminded of deep time this last week, from attending the archeology film festival, reading an article about the life and death of the solar system, to watching some snippets from Cosmos online. It is a revisiting of an interest I have had since childhood in these themes which are, in some ways, next door to Big Mind.

Deep time, the long now, infinite causes and effects, evolutionary spirituality, the universe story, the epic of evolution, the great story… all of these are in many ways one step away from Big Mind, they can lead us into it from the form and emptiness sides.

From the form side, contemplating the evolution of the universe and our place in it, almost requires shifting into Big Mind to hold it all… And from the emptiness side, realizing the utter impermanence of it all is an invitation to a shift into emptiness, the void, which is what is left when everything else is gone.

To really grasp for instance the universe story requires a shift into Big Mind, and to really grasp the impermanence of it all requires finding ourselves as the void. At least to some extent. It requires dipping into it, tasting it. And is an invitation to explore it further.

I am actually surprised not more Buddhist teachers use the universe story (and deep time, the long now, etc.) in that way… as a nudge, an invitation into Big Mind and finding ourselves as the void. It seems like a perfect teaching vehicle.

I would have jumped on it right away if I was in their position, and I guess many will in the future… maybe through a combination of multimedia and experiential activities such as the practices to reconnect and the Big Mind process.

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Radio Adyashanti!

 

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Here is an opportunity to hear Adyashanti live (there is also audio/video from his talks on his website and YouTube).

Dear Friends of Adyashanti,

We are happy to announce the premiere of Radio Adyashanti on the internet. This will be a live broadcast beginning with a talk by Adyashanti followed by call-in questions from people around the world. Please join our beta test of this exciting new offering.

Radio Adyashanti
6-8pm Pacific Time
Thursday, April 26, 2007

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If you live outside the US, please call 408-938-0476.

If you would like to email a question for Adyashanti, please send it to radio@adyashanti.org. Please limit your question to 2 or 3 sentences.

Radio Adyashanti is just one part of a whole media site called Café Dharma—dedicated to offering immediate access to Adyashanti’s teachings.

During the beta test of this radio program, you’ll have access to the radio show and also to the audio download area of Café Dharma. You will notice that we also have video and podcast areas—these will be activated in the future.