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Discussions on mindful living, inner discovery, transformation, and transcendent awareness — new episode every Thursday. A podcast from Brian Thompson, poet, writer, thinker, photographer & author of the upcoming book, Sparks to Awaken. The Zen Thinking Podcast shares teachings and experiences of Zen wisdom, Taoism, and Buddhist philosophy — in an informal manner — through an awakened personal narrative, to help you understand the nature of your true self so that you can live peacefully in the present moment.

Discussions on mindful living, inner discovery, transformation, and transcendent awareness — new episode every Thursday. A podcast from Brian Thompson, poet, writer, thinker, photographer & author of the upcoming book, Sparks to Awaken. The Zen Thinking Podcast shares teachings and experiences of Zen wisdom, Taoism, and Buddhist philosophy — in an informal manner — through an awakened personal narrative, to help you understand the nature of your true self so that you can live peacefully in the present moment.
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Discussions on mindful living, inner discovery, transformation, and transcendent awareness — new episode every Thursday. A podcast from Brian Thompson, poet, writer, thinker, photographer & author of the upcoming book, Sparks to Awaken. The Zen Thinking Podcast shares teachings and experiences of Zen wisdom, Taoism, and Buddhist philosophy — in an informal manner — through an awakened personal narrative, to help you understand the nature of your true self so that you can live peacefully in the present moment.

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Episodes

Episode 76 - All is Well

8/10/2017
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This week's episode is entirely spontaneous without any planned topics and without any featured readings. I didn't know where this "go-with-the-flow" talk would take me, but I ended up discussing the phrase, "All is well"—which is, in a nutshell, the absolute truth of reality. All is well. It is only the false "I" that believes otherwise. The imagined separate self, which the mind asserts into your life as the persistent I-thought, which attaches itself onto the world in a perceived...

Duration:00:59:28

The Zen Thinking Podcast — Episode 72 — Seeing through the Dream of the Personal Self

4/1/2017
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In this week's new episode I share some pointers to help awaken you to your true nature, which is a peaceful presence of pure consciousness, free from the mind's dream-like influence. Our continual stream of thoughts seem to rule our every waking moment, but, life doesn't have to be this way. We don't have to be so overwhelmed by the mind and its contents. We don't have to be troubled by the thoughts the ego projects, not do we have to identify with any of the emotions that seem to flow...

Duration:01:25:41

Episode 68 — The End of Desire

1/5/2017
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This week's new episode discusses how happiness is synonymous with the end of desire. Surrender all desires to your awareness of them—including your desire for happiness itself. If there is any senses of personal lack or wanting, whatsoever, happiness will continue to be obscured by the ego's false projections. Inner peace can only be realized when you are absolutely content in the present moment, within yourself, as yourself, regardless of whatever appears to be happening around you. You...

Duration:01:01:28

Episode 67 — Know Your Self as Infinite Presence

12/8/2016
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This week's episode points towards the aware presence of your true Self. Ever since you were young you were taught that you were that face in the mirror—that "that" image is you! You've then lived your entire life in relation to what you think about that image, always comparing your apparent appearance to everyone else, what it has, and what it has not. But, this image in the mirror is not your direct experience of actually being yourself. Your actual experience is one of infinite...

Duration:00:55:35

Episode 66 — Awaking to Unconditioned Presence

11/17/2016
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This week's podcast focusses on recognizing all of the things which condition you—in other words, whatever causes you to emotionally react. As you observe yourself and become aware of your reactions to people, places, or things, you begin to isolate the ego. You become aware of its false presence. As you transcend your habitual reactions to the mind and the world, you also begin to transcend the ego. In doing so, you move beyond being stuck in a conditioned and reactionary egoic state, to...

Duration:00:51:43

Episode 63 — You are Your Only Problem

10/13/2016
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In this week's episode I discuss how the only thing that you suffer from is your own self-concept. It is what you believe "You" are (or aren't) that is the cause of all your problems, and it is whatever you believe "You" lack that creates all of your dissatisfaction and unhappiness. After all, if you didn't take anything personally, then how could you possibly suffer, and from what? You only suffer from the "you" that you believe you are and from whatever imagined problems you mistakenly...

Episode 62 — I Am Consciousness, Dreaming

9/29/2016
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This week's episode is a little different. It begins with a slow and meditative exploration into the nature of being. It's an inner-contemplation that examines the presence of awareness that you are, investigating the essence of consciousness itself. If you've ever considered the question, Who Am I?—this one's for you. Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy the episode. ★ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking ★ Much love, Brian Thompson...

Episode 60 — Being Self-Aware of Your Assumptions

9/9/2016
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Today's episode focuses on the importance of being aware of your assumptions. In most cases, our assumptions are subconscious. Since we are unconsciousness to them, they appear to be real and we overlook their unreality—rather than seeing them as the illusions of mind they truly are. Assumptions create a virtual reality, one that is defined by much needless emotional suffering. When you are able to recognize these false projections of mind however, you transcend the mind altogether and...

Episode 59 — Understanding the Nature of Experience

9/1/2016
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In this week's episode I investigate the nature of experiencing, which shapes the very nature of our sense of being. I discuss how the conditioned mind interacts with the processing of perceptions—interpreting each sensation with its prior conditioning, concepts and beliefs, thereby distorting reality and creating an illusory world, one that exists only within mind. Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy the episode. ★ If you enjoy my work, become a patron:...

Episode 58 — Being Immune to False Projections of Mind

8/18/2016
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In this week's episode I discuss the many different false projections of mind that distort our perception of reality, and what you can do to ignore them and become immune to them—transcending them entirely. We never really struggle with reality itself, we only seem to suffer from the concepts of mind which we presume to be true, which we apply onto the world around us, including our own sense of self. To see through these illusions and no longer believe in them, is to realize our true Self...

Episode 57 — Transmuting Suffering Into Awareness

8/5/2016
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This week's episode is about understanding the nature of pain, no matter if its physical or emotional, and why we suffer from it. Pain happens. But suffering? That's a choice. To suffer means to self-identify with both the pain and its apparent causal factors. In doing so, you create a story for yourself, within mind, where you are the sufferer—where you are the victim that something has personally happened to. However, life doesn't have to be perceived in such a way. With a practice of...

Episode 56 — Revealing the False Within

7/28/2016
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This week's episode is about realizing our true self-nature, that is always ever-present, by revealing all that is false within. By continually questioning our perceptions of the world, and inquiring into where our beliefs arise from, and how, and why—we thereby negate the reality of our own subjective opinions. By knowing that which is false, you can realize the truth that Is. Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy the episode. ★ If you enjoy my work, become a patron:...

Episode 55 — Understanding Your Own Aware Presence

7/21/2016
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In this week's new episode I investigate the nature of what it means to exist, using the Advaita practice of Self-Inquiry (or, Atma Vichara). Through self-inquiry, the idea of the personal "me" is revealed to be nothing other than a mis-perceived concept, one that "you" have mistakenly identifed yourself with, and as. When this understanding is absolutely realized and known, without any doubt whatsoever, then all other "personal" conceptualizations dissolve along with the illusion in which...

Episode 54 — The Blissful Emptiness Of The Don't-Know Mind

7/14/2016
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In this week's episode I discuss using a practice of self-inquiry to empty the mind of its mistaken beliefs to reveal the bliss of the don't-know mind. When the ego is silenced and the mind no longer tries to assert its opinions onto everything it perceives, your entire presence-of-being experiences a profound shift in perspective. Within this new-found aware presence of nothingness, peace and happiness blossoms in what was previously filled with false egoic projections, imagined concepts,...

Episode 53 — Using Self-Inquiry To Quiet The Mind

7/7/2016
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In this week's new episode I discuss how everything we experience in life is filtered through our own beliefs, memories and conditionings. No matter what we perceive, it's always shaped by the contents of our mind and distorted by the ego. To experience the beautiful truth that is within every experience of every moment, we must quiet the mind—and the practice self-inquiry is the direct method to achieve this. When the ego has been silenced—peace and happiness appears, no longer divided by...

Episode 52 — Reality Is Not A Concept (It Is The Absence Of Concepts)

6/23/2016
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In this week's episode I discuss the only reality there is, the one that is here, now. Most people overlook the truth of reality because they're lost within the dream of conceptual thinking. When we live inside a world of thought however, we create an alternate reality—one that isn't real, it's imagined—it's virtual. Reality is not a concept—it is the absence of concepts. The conundrum we face, is that every single word we think and speak is a concept! Which is why it's often said in the...

Episode 51 — You Are Already Self-Realized

6/16/2016
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In this week's episode I discuss how spiritual enlightenment isn't a special state-of-being to be acquired, it's already your true nature. All that's required to wake up is to surrender your pre-conceived self-identity and realize that which you already are—an aware presence of consciousness. There is nothing to be learned—rather, only a thorough process of un-learning is required. The ego and all of its concepts and beliefs must be shed entirely. I also talk about the recent violence...

Episode 50 — Transcending The Concept Of Me

6/9/2016
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This week's episode is about transcending the concept of "Me"—which is, the personalized sense of a body/mind self that you believe yourself to be. All problems, confusion, suffering and existential struggle arises from that which you attach to the Me-thought—which is entirely imagined and non-existent. Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy the episode. ★ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking ★ Much love, Brian Thompson http://www.zenthinking.net Read...

Episode 49 — Seeing Through Our Stories & Concepts

6/2/2016
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In this week's episode I discuss how our perception of reality is continually distorted by whatever concepts we happen to believe in and by whatever stories we're presently telling ourselves. Our experiences happen only within our own consciousness, and how we interpret that perception is modulated entirely by the stories we tell ourselves about it, which is of course based upon our self-centred opinions and personal biases. It is this false reality, that is perceived to be real, that is...

Episode 48 — Realizing Your Own Beingness

5/26/2016
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This week's new episode is all about realizing your own beingness. When you bask in your own presence, without any distraction, and you allow all thought to settle... what is the nature of your aware essence? In this inner silence, ask yourself, Who am I? Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy the episode. ★ If you enjoy my work, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/zenthinking ★ Brian Thompson http://www.zenthinking.net ★★★ Read the show notes for this episode at...

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