Magic is real. Here’s how I know: Part 3

April 8, 2024   |   10 Comments

Audio only version is here
Meditation begins at 12:30

Hello Open Heart Project,

I recently read an article about a new meditation app that purports to offer meditation instruction via AI generated content meant to teach Dzogchen and Mahamudra. My friends, I literally could not sleep that night. I was so upset. Dzogchen and Mahamudra are among the highest teachings in all of Buddhism. They are never taught without arduous preparation and a strong relationship with a true teacher. Those most qualified to teach it actually never talk about it. This is just one more example of how our meditation practice keeps getting pulled out of the realm of the sacred and into a world of vast materialism. When it is, the magic of the practice drains away.

As I was taught, there are three steps we can take to keep the magic intact.. They are extremely simple. No one has to “be a Buddhist” to utilize them.

We talked about the first step, make offerings two weeks ago. Last week, we discussed the second step, request blessings and today we reach the third step, to dedicate the merit.

What do you think? I always love to hear from you.

With love,

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  • Posted by:  Mary

    I’m so heartened to read/hear you talking about this issue. Yes, too much “great way to make a buck” stuff happening. While I feel heartened that many organisations are bringing people into the field of mindfulness, much of it, including Tara & Jack’s latest – Banyan- is overly focused on feel good, have a fabulous life (no need to do any hard work or extended consciousness). Thank you for opening this conversation

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      It’s an important–and complex–conversation. Glad we’re having it.

  • Posted by:  Daniel Costa

    Well this third lecture was particularly refreshing in both its content and delivery Susan. I’ve listened to many of your videos, but I must say this was the first time that I have heard you express your opinion/feelings in such a passionate manner. I was amused by your use of “Whatever the HELL that means” and “It make me ANGRY” as well as “It’s BS” regarding an AI generated app on profound buddhist teachings that you hold very dear to your heart as you should! After all from what I understand about the practice, it is not about not having negative or passionate emotions, but rather expressing them in an appropriate, respectful and effective context, which you so poignantly did with dignity and poise. Thank you again for your genuine honesty and please always feel free to influx your passion and expression into your insightful teachings.

    It truly becomes you! 🙂

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I appreciate all of this, Daniel. Many thanks. Sometimes anger is truly warranted and, for me, this was one of those times. Nothing upsets me like disrespect for the teachings. Thanks for listening! With appreciation, Susan

  • Posted by:  Gwen

    I love your authenticity and honesty. I connected to this very much. Thank uou so much 🙏❤

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Many thanks, Gwen! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Sher Martelle Climas

    I ALWAYS LOVE how straight talking you are. Please don’t ever stop.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Deal! xo S

  • Posted by:  Betsy Loeb

    Dear Susan, Though I’ve heard you share several of these points before (re: sacred spiritual practice vs self-help) this example of AI is such BS consumerism….ugh. I don’t usually do “angry”…I feel more saddened but happy that you are out there de-bunking it. You give me hope. Thank you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      i usually don’t do angry either, but this made me mad as you now know! xox s

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