In these videos you'll find different paths, different approaches, and different ideas.
Adyashanti - "Relationship with thought".
Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.
Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology.
Eckhart Tolle - "What is meditation?"
Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge.At the age of 29, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.
At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.
Barry Long - "Get rid of anger and guilt."
Barry Long was one of the world's great spiritual masters. He taught for over 35 years. He was uniquely of the west: down to earth and practical.
"Around the age of 31 something in him changed. Inexplicably the knowledge and love of God started to rise in him. And with it came the awful suffering of dying to his self and the dawning of an unshakeable perception of truth."
Byron Katie - "The images in our head".
Byron Katie is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as "The Work of Byron Katie" or simply as "The Work."
"I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn't believe them, I didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always."
Douglas Harding - "The "as is" world."
Known as "the man with no head", Douglas Hardings' teachings were both unusual and practical.
"The best day of my life—my rebirthday, so to speak—was when I found I had no head. This is not a literary gambit, a witticism designed to arouse interest at any cost. I mean it in all seriousness: I have no head."
"It took me no time at all to notice that this nothing, this hole where a head should have been was no ordinary vacancy, no mere nothing. On the contrary, it was very much occupied. It was a vast emptiness vastly filled,a nothing that found room for everything—room for grass, trees, shadowy distant hills, and far above them snowpeaks like a row of angular clouds riding the blue sky. I had lost a head and gained a world."
Pema Chodron - "Non-Meditation and Natural Wakefulness."
While in her mid-thirties, Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Pema received her ordination from him.
Pema first met her root teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972.
Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.
Jiddhu Krishnamurti - "What is meditation?"
Jiddu Krishnamurti was born in a small town in south India. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted.
To prepare the world for this coming,a world-wide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and the young Krishnamurti was made its head.
In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and returned all the money and property that had been donated for this work. From then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he travelled throughout the world talking to large audiences and to individuals about the need for a radical change in mankind.
U. G. Krishnamurti: "The Mystique of Enlightenment".
The "other" Krishnamurti, known for his radical views on enlightenment and spirituality, U.G. spent the first half of his life searching for enlightenment.
Then, when he gave up the search, enlightenment found him, an event which he described as "the calamity," because for his pre-enlightenment self the actual state was such an anti-climax.
"Your constant utilization of thought to give continuity to your separate self is 'you'. There is nothing there inside you other than that."
"If you have the courage to touch life for the first time, you will never know what hit you. Everything man has thought, felt and experienced is gone, and nothing is put in its place."