Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Eknath Easwaran's Passage Meditation

About a quarter of a century ago, I attended Eknath Easwaran's Tuesday night lectures in Petaluma. He was the founding teacher of Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. I first became aware of his work by reading a cookbook that Blue Mountain published called Laurel's Kitchen. I was amazed to discover that I happened to live very close by his world headquarters.


For a couple of years, I practiced his Passage Meditation practice which consists of these eight steps:
  1. Meditation on a Passage
  2. Repetition of a Mantram
  3. Slowing Down
  4. One-Pointed Attention
  5. Training the Senses
  6. Putting Others First
  7. Spiritual Companionship
  8. Spiritual Reading
It's outlined in his well-written and engaging book called Passage Meditation. His meditation program is down-to-earth and eminently practical and can be applied by all people of all religious affiliations. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, atheists, and agnostics alike can apply these suggestions and benefit from them.

Since those days I've migrated back to Buddhism, but I am grateful to have studied under Easwaran.

3 comments:

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan
I loved his stories of growing up in a little village in India under the watchful eye of his wise old grandma.

Delwyn said...

Dan I went to the NZ website and had a laugh at this:

Eketahuna: the archetypal small country city lacking amenities and which no one is expected to know anything about, similar to "timbuktu". This town does exist.

This town was 1/2hrs drive from us. We have a slightly less elegant definition for it...

Want to hear...it's not nice...

Still want to hear...

Ok...

The A hole of the world....

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, like you, I enjoyed Easwaran's tales of his growing up. His grandma was a practical, level-headed person and Easwaran was passing along her wisdom.

Where you live seems so beautiful, it would seem that you'd have to go more than 1/2 hour to arrive at Eketahuna.