Awakening

AWAKENING THE BEST IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT…for almost 40 years, these words have guided us at Omega Institute in everything we do. When we are developing curriculum and choosing teachers, as we work together as a staff, as we serve our...

Omega: What is the biggest challenge for beginning meditators?

Culadasa: The biggest obstacle of all, without question, is establishing a regular daily practice of a reasonable length. The most important...

Omega: Is the process of waking up to your true nature a gradual one for most people or is it sudden and spontaneous?

Sharon: I’ve been teaching for nearly 13 years and have been on the spiritual...

In its outward manifestation, meditation appears to involve either stopping, by parking the body in stillness that suspends activity, or giving oneself over to flowing movement. In either case, it is an embodiment of wise attention, an inward...

I often wonder what it would be like if Jesus were alive today. Imagine Jesus—who wasn’t a Christian, after all, but a Jew—entering a church today, going up to the pulpit, and giving a sermon. Can you imagine how challenging that would be for...

Many people turn to a spiritual path because they think it will make their pain go away. But as Andrew Holecek explains, true spirituality is not about making you feel...

The real search isn’t a search into tomorrow, or to anywhere other than now. It’s starting to look into the very nature of this moment. In order to do that, you have to “stand in your own two shoes,” as my teacher used to say. What she meant by...

While leading a workshop at Omega, Zen calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han discusses “Zen as art, art as Zen,” and creates an inspiring Zen portrait of one aspect of Omega’s mission statement.

 

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It’s time to give up
The endless struggle to become
And accept that this is all there is
That there’s nothing more to gain or lose.
If this moment...

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