The Essence Of Yoga With Alan Watts~ March 8th.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Mar 8, 2011
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Alan Watts on Yoga, Union, and the Eternal Here-&-Now!!!

“Nowness is sometimes referred to as the fourth moment…

That may seem more mystical than what is meant. You have the past, present, and future, which are the three moments. Then you have something else taking place, which is called the fourth moment. The fourth moment is not an unusual or extraordinary experience as such. It is a state of experience that doesn’t even belong to now. It doesn’t belong to what might be, either. It belongs to a non-category— which provides another sense of category. Thus it is called the fourth moment. This is the state of vipashyana awareness, or the state of non-ego. The Tibetan term for this means ‘the knowledge of egoless insight.’ It is a very real experience in which nothing can be misunderstood. It is such an overwhelming experience. The experience comes at you. You experience it in great detail.” ~ from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “The Essence Of Yoga With Alan Watts~ March 8th.”

  1. Hi, Ben. I'd like to see you redo this to give top billing to this wonderful Alan Watts video (not so much the video, of course, as the speech itself). I almost didn't click on it because it kind of looks like and after-thought. But it should be the main event!

    Thank you for posting.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  2. Just posted to "Featured Today" on the new Elephant Yoga homepage.

  3. Katherine says:

    The last bit is exactly what I was feeling on the way home. Why do I need to do anything or be anything in this vast universe where I'm nothing more than cosmic dust? What is all this nonsense that we've superimposed onto our every day existence? I love the unthinking! I need more of the unthinking.