Table of Contents

The Way of Awakened Presence

Exploring Foundations of Spiritual Practice

Books One and Two

Book One

One – Introduction
Styles of Approach
Developing and Unfolding a Spiritual Practice
An Integral Path
Areas of Practice

Two – Concentration
Two Forms of Concentration
The Challenge of Concentration

Three – Why Meditate?
Inner vs. Outer Practices
The Mechanism of Awakening
The Power of Meditation
Further Thoughts About Meditation
Some Suggestions for Practice

Four – The Three Bodies; Harmony and Vitality Exercise
Levels of Self and an Integral Path
Working with Form and Energy
Harmony and Vitality

Five – The Various Yogas and Karma Yoga, Part I:
Spirituality in Daily Life
The Yogas
Karma Yoga
The Precepts
Presence: The Quality of Life

Six – Karma Yoga, Part II: The Quality of Presence
Two Styles of Karma Yoga
The Qualities of Presence
The Heart of Awakening
Levels of Presence
Practice and Karma Yoga: Awareness and Equanimity

Seven – Awareness Meditation and the Integral Path, Part I
The Integral Vision
Awareness Meditation
Awareness and Concentration

Eight – Awareness Meditation, Part II
Grasping the Essence of Awareness Practice
Dimensions of Awareness
Beginning with the Body
Some Suggested Readings

Nine – Contentment and Equanimity
The Four Immeasurables

Ten – Awakening Love, Part I: An Overview and Metta or
Lovingkindness Practice
Some Thoughts on the Nature and Cultivation of Love (an outline of key perspectives
    on love, and a broad sampling of methods for developing the various aspects of love)
Metta – The Practice of Lovingkindness

Eleven – Awakening Love, Part II: Elementals and Cultivating Love
Elementals and the Subconscious
Elementals and the Three Fires
Elementals and the Senses
Enhanced Lovingkindness Meditation: Using Three Senses

Twelve – Awakening Love, Part III:
Bodhicitta and the Bodhisattva
The Paths of Personal Liberation and Bodhisattvahood
Absolute and Relative Bodhicitta
Bodhicitta and Love
Cultivating Bodhicitta


Book Two

Thirteen – Feeling and Love, Part I
The Tantric Approach
Transforming Feeling
Dimensions of Experience and Chakras
The Solar Plexus
Presence and Integration
Transforming the Solar Plexus

Fourteen – Feeling and Love, Part II
Presence and Feeling
More on Chakras
Practice: Attunement to Emotion

Fifteen – Gazing Meditation
The Path of Vision
Significance of Vision in Spiritual Development
Levels of Vision
Opening the ‘Flesh Eye’
Forms of Vision Meditation
Inner Vision Meditation
Outer Vision Meditation

Sixteen – Thoughts on Meditation Practice, Part I:
Perspectives on Discipline
The Question of Time
A Nondual Perspective of Spiritual Effort
A Tantric Perspective of Spiritual Effort
Daily Meditation

Seventeen – Thoughts on Meditation Practice, Part II:
How Much to Meditate
How Much to Meditate
The Number of Daily Meditation Sessions
Extending Our Sittings
Meditation Retreats

Eighteen – Sound, Breath and Concentration
Meditation with Sound
Music and Chanting
Mantra and Nada
Mantra Meditation – The Inner Sound of Breath

Nineteen – The Way of Devotion, Part I
Desire as Devotion
The Way of Devotion
Visions of Deity
Approaches to Devotion
Invoking Transmission

Planned Future Lessons

20 – The Way of Devotion, Part II
21 – Nada Yoga: Meditation on Inner Sound
22 – Dharma Yoga: The Path of Inspired Action

23 – Awakened Presence Meditation

24 – Cultivating a Path