An excerpt from Giten’s book “Silence is the Way: The Teachings of Buddha”

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Contents  

      Foreword

  1. Finding Your Own Way
  2. Wakefulness
  3. Only Love can dispel Hate
  4. The three Layers of Ego
  5. Finding Your Own Nature 26
  6. Look into your Heart – Follow your own Nature
  7. Acting out of Truth
  8. Buddha – The Way
  9. The three Dimensions of Buddha’s Teaching:  Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana
  10. The Eightfold Way
  11. Bhumis – 10 steps to Enlightenment
  12. Paramitas – The ten Provisions for the Inner Journey
  13. Song of Meditation  – An Inner-view with Swami Dhyan Giten
  14. About the author
  15. Giten’s books

Foreword 

This book is a work of art, and a pleasure to read.

Many words and sentences in Giten’s book Silence is the Way go right into the heart.

It is both exciting, simple to read and it is filled with love and light.

Giten is a master in transmitting the light and joy, without too many words.

Buddha’s greatest message, his gift to humanity, is the message of no-self, anatta, silence and emptiness, spiritual teacher Swami Dhyan Giten says in this book.

Giten continues: “First Buddha says don’t make a home in the world. Then he says don’t be attached and then he says look into yourself: you are not.

First he says that the world is illusory: don’t make a home here.

Buddha emphasizes very much the idea of homelessness, because the world is illusory. It need not be taken literary, but to build a home around you is like trying to stop the river of life, which is continuously changing.

The he says that attachments of possessing people are just dreams, illusions.

Drop all attachments from your mind.

And then he comes to the deepest doctrine. The doctrine is: look inside, you are not.

You can only exist as an ego with the home, with the possessions, with the relationships.”

When I read this book, I feel like being in a modern mystery school. Thank you.

It is the same feeling of joy, beauty and excitement, which reminds me of when the colibri unexpectingly picked me in the ear, or when the llama suddenly spit me in the face.

This book is about the teachings of Buddha, which includes Giten’s own insights into this exciting journey and meditation of life.

This book is a compilation of lectures during satsang with Giten on the teachings of Buddha.

Satsang with Giten on Buddha is not about Buddhism, it is about creating a bridge. Buddha is one of the most unique and important spiritual masters that have existed on Earth.

Through using Buddha’s wisdom as a jumping board, Giten gives life to words that has the power to change how we see the world.

Satsang with Giten is a meeting in love, truth and silence. Satsang with Giten is a direct insight and realization of being.

Satsang with Giten starts a lecture, which is followed by 40 minutes of satsang with Giten in silence and meditation. During the satsangs there have arisen a deep silence and unity in the group.

Giten has talked about a variety of topics of concern for the modern man during satsang for example love, joy, relationships, acceptance, understanding, intuition, healing, trust, creativity, friendship, spiritual growth, evolution, society, life, meditation, silence, spirituality, mysticism, psychology, truth, wisdom, death, unity with life, God and enlightenment. He has also talked about a number of spiritual teachers and traditions such as Vedanta, Yoga, Tantra, Veda, Upanishads, Ayurveda, the chakra system, Tao, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Patanjali and Jesus Christ.

Satsang with Giten is a taste of the eternal, a taste of the timeless. It can feel like we sat for 3 hours, while we only sat for 40 minutes.

I was so afraid that I would lose the silence that I had found during satsang in India, but I found the silence again in satsang with Giten.

 Samadhi is like dying. The fear that I experienced in the beginning in satsang when I went into samadhi, when I disappeared into the silence, has now disappeared totally.

Satsang with Giten is like coming home. I went into samadhi three times during a satsang weekend with Giten – and I also got a map and an understanding for how to go into samadhi again.

Before I started to attend satsang, I did not think that enlightenment was possible, but now I feel that it is possible.

Satsang with Giten confirms what I have really always known.

During the satsang series with Giten on Buddha, he clarified the steps on Buddha’s way to liberation: the path of awareness and meditation.

During this satsang series on Buddha, Giten encouraged us to use awareness, meditation and mindfulness to develop the natural discipline which comes when we listen to ourselves. It is then when we discover that silence is the way, that silence is the answer.

This compilation of lectures during the satsang series with Giten on Buddha is for everybody that wants to find a new dimension of awareness in their lives, which will make you endlessly enriched and blessed.

Delight in the call of the ocean.

Capture the silence and allow yourself the fragrance of truth, joy and light.

Satyama Padma

Stockholm, April 26, 2017

1. FINDING OUR OWN WAY 

Satsang with Giten on Buddha, November, 5, 2015, in Stockholm

 

“Giten is really a Master of love and silence.”

– Prem Pathik, Nepal

 

From Dhammapada, Chapter 1

WE ARE WHAT WE THINK

ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITH OUR THOUGHTS

WITH OUR THOUGHTS WE MAKE THE WORLD

SPEAK OR ACT WITH AN IMPURE MIND

AND TROUBLE WILL FOLLOW YOU

AS THE WHEEL FOLLOWS THE OX

THAT DRAWS THE CART

WHOEVER IS MASTER OF HIS OWN NATURE

BRIGHT, CLEAR AND TRUE.

HE MAY INDEED WEAR THE YELLOW ROBE

The Dhammapada, the teaching of Buddha, can only be taught to the bodhisattva’s.

It cannot be taught to the ordinary humanity, because it cannot be understood by them.

A Bodhisattva means a buddha in essence, a buddha asleep, but with the potential to be awake.

In that sense everybody is a bodhisattva, but not everybody can be called a bodhisattva.

Only those who have started to search for the truth and the light can be called a bodhisattva.

We have made investments in lies for so many lives that the idea of truth makes us scared.

But truth already is. Truth has not to be invented, truth has to be discovered.

You have taken the commitment to search for truth, which is why I call you bodhisattva’s.

These words of Buddha come from eternal silence.

They can reach you only if you receive them in silence.

Unless you become aware, egoless, you will not be able to understand them.

These are very simple words, but to understand simplicity, you need simplicity of heart.

Only the simple heart can understand the simple truth.

Satsang is an effort to create an energy field, a buddhafield, an energy field for the eternal truths.

It is a communion of heart, a communion in silence.

These saying of Buddha are called The Dhammapada.

The word “dhamma” means the ultimate law. It is what keeps the universe together.

A second meaning of “dhamma” is God, but Buddha never uses the word God, because the ultimate law is not a person, but a presence, a consciousness, an energy.

The third meaning of “dhamma” is also discipline, because one who wants to know truth needs discipline.

The word “disciple” comes from the word discipline. A disciple is someone who is available to learn, to drop the past and to go beyond the mind.

The word “dhamma” also means the ultimate truth. When the mind disappears, when the ego disappears, something remains.

This Buddha calls “nothing”.

The last meaning of “dhamma” is truth. Truth is to become aware of your inner being, the inner emptiness.

The second word is pada. The meaning of pada is path.

You have to become a process, a growth.

You have to become a river, because only rivers will reach the ocean, the whole.

Without dhamma, without relating to the ultimate truth, your life has no meaning.

WE ARE WHAT WE THINK

Who are you if all your thoughts disappear?

An emptiness, a nothingness.

Mystics have always used the word “self” for the innermost core of your being, but Buddha uses the word “no-self”.

He says that when the mind ceases, there is no self left.

You have become universal.

If you really want to know who you are, you will have to learn to cease as a mind and move into no-mind, to disappear into the silence.

And in the silence, you will know the ultimate truth, the dhamma.

Moving from mind to no-mind is the way, pada.

And this is the whole secret of The Dhammapada.

2. WAKEFULNESS

 

From Satsang with Giten on Buddha, November 5, 2015, in Stockholm

“Satsang weekend with Giten was like coming home. I went into samadhi three times during the satsang weekend – and I also got a map and an understanding for how to go into samadhi again.”

– Satyama Padma, participant in Satsang weekend with Giten, December 9-11, 2016, in Stockholm 

 Buddha says:

 

WAKEFULNESS IS THE WAY TO LIFE.

 

THE FOOL SLEEPS

AS IF HE WERE ALREADY DEAD,

BUT THE MASTER IS AWAKE

 

HE WATCHES

HE IS CLEAR

 

 Silence is the space in which one awakens, and the mind is the space in which one remains asleep.

If your mind continues to chatter, you are asleep.

Sitting silently, if the mind disappears, and you can hear the birds and the wind blowing through the trees, then awareness and wakefulness wells up in you.

You are only alive in the same proportion that you are present and awake.

Buddha’s have a different definition of life: their definition is that life consists of awareness and wakefulness.

The Buddha’s say that you are alive if you are awake.

Wakefulness is the way to life, says Buddha.

Become more wakeful and you will become more alive.

And life is God.

Life is the goal and awareness is the methodology, the technique to attain life.

HE WATCHES

HE IS CLEAR

When you watch, a clarity arises.

When you watch, your mind slows down.

And when one is clear, one is blissful.

Awareness is eternal, it knows no death.

There is no death, because wakefulness can never be destroyed.

When death comes, you will watch it too.

Your body will disappear, but your watchfulness will remain.

It will become part of the cosmic whole.

If you want to get rid of the wheel of life and death, you will have to become absolutely alert.

The only thing that has to be learned is watchfulness.

Watch every act that you do.

Watch every thought that passes in your mind.

Watch every desire that takes possession of you.

Watch when you are walking, eating, taking a bath.

Go on watching everything.

Let everything become an opportunity to watch.

Again and again you will forget.

But the moment you remember, again watch.

Bring your total effort to waking yourself up.

Transformation happens only when you put your total energy into it.

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