Click here to join our daily meditations to support establishing a regular sitting practice.

Sitting with Pointlessness – Living with Potentiality

With Vince Cullen recorded on October 16, 2022.

Found our teachings useful? Help us continue our work and support your teachers with a donation. Here’s how.

During a recent retreat, the teachers’ instruction was to hold the question ‘What is this?’ in mind. While sitting on the cushion, the thought struck me that my life is futile! I am genetically programmed for survival and sex; everything else is just distracting window-dressing. This talk will explore the journey from the apparent ‘futility’ of human existence to the ‘fertility’ of human experience; the crossing from pointlessness to potentiality.

Click here to access a PDF with quotes and references that may be of further interest.

Listen to the audio version below, or click here to download the mp3.

Tags: liberation

Discussion

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
5 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
alirowhow
alirowhow
1 year ago

I’m not new to meditation and still I loved the guided meditation. Thank you.

Rachael Wingate
1 year ago
Reply to  alirowhow

We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

Have you joined Sangha Live Connect, our free Dharma community? This is a great place to connect & reflect with other sangha members: https://connect.sangha.live

Last edited 1 year ago by Rachael Wingate
Vince Cullen
1 year ago
Reply to  alirowhow

Thank you very much… that is appreciated 🙂

The phrases for the ‘Wise Heartedness Bhavana’ and links for reference and further reading can be found here: 

Sitting with Pointlessness – Living with Potentiality – Quotes and references

With much Metta,

Vince

Last edited 1 year ago by vince.cullen
vince.cullen
vince.cullen
1 year ago
Reply to  alirowhow

Thank you, ‘alirowhow’, that is appreciated.

If it is of any use to you, the phrases for the ‘Wise Heartedness Bhavana’ and links for reference and further reading can be found here: 

Sitting with Pointlessness – Living with Potentiality – Quotes and references

With much Metta,

Vince

vince.cullen
vince.cullen
1 year ago

Thank you to everyone who joined the meditation and talk on Sunday.

As promised, the phrases for the ‘Wise Heartedness Bhavana’ and links for reference and further reading can be found here:

Sitting with Pointlessness – Living with Potentiality – Quotes and references

With much Metta,

Vince

Discover more from the Dharma Library

  • Deborah Eden Tull

    Receptivity: Deep Listening as an Antidote to Reactivity and Violence

    In these hyped up divisive times, there is an ever-greater need for tools to de-condition ourselves from reactivity. The practice of listening – within ourselves and with others – is much more significant than we often acknowledge. The contrast of receptivity against the backdrop of a world conditioned to impose, label, judge, and solve, is…

    Read More

  • Deborah Eden Tull

    Compassion, Emergence and Climate Change

    This year, humanity has witnessed the alarming acceleration of climate change… the loss of forests and rivers, animal and plant species… and the potential annihilation of our species. Alongside our profound grief for what is changing globally, however, we are also experiencing Emergence.  Emergence, the organizing principle of Gaia, can help us to stay present as…

    Read More

  • Leela Sarti Profile Photo

    Daily Meditation Recordings, with Leela Sarti – Week of Nov 8, 2021

    This week’s theme is “Deepening Heart Presence: Life, Dukkha, and Beyond”. We need heart presence in order to digest life experience. It takes a lot of heart to live with integrity, sensitivity and openness. Awakening compassion, courage, and kindness helps us embrace the challenges and the sorrow of life. This week we explore the possibility of being grounded in the depth of timeless presence in the midst of daily life. We will inquire how to live and love from silence and emptiness, being yourself in peace with others, and doing what needs to be done.

    Read More

  • Zohar Lavie

    Daily Meditation Recordings, with Zohar Lavie – Week of October 2, 2023

    This week’s topic is “Wholehearted Presence”. Meeting experience as it unfolds with presence and interest, we uncover the wellbeing and freedom available to us on the Dharma path. Through this week’s exploration we will open to what supports a wholehearted approach to practice, and understand what is nourished and cultivated when we relate to experience in this way. 

    Read More

  • Ralph Steele

    Embodying cultural diversity: dancing with the basket of virtue

    Our Sangha has been predominately white since it branched off from the Asian countries. This Dharma talk offers a path for deeper inquiry and greater insight into how we can embody cultural diversity. The Eight Noble Truths will guide us toward a healthier way of conducting ourselves in the arena of cultural diversity, taking a…

    Read More