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Rob Burbea

Rob Burbea is one of the major inspirations for Deeply Human! He was the author of the groundbreaking meditation practice book entitled "Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising"—one of the main resources for our own practice and teaching of meditation. In 2020, Rob died from pancreatic cancer.

In knowing fully the thorough voidness of this and that, of then and now, of there and here, this heart opens, over and over in joy, in awe and release. Free itself, it knows the essential freedom in everything.

Rob Burbea, Seeing That Frees

In this episode of the Deconstructing Yourself Podcast, host Michael Taft speaks with Rob Burbea about Rob’s book, Seeing That Frees, the power of perception (ways of seeing), his creative methods of working with meditation practice, meditating with a more analytical vs more phenomenological focus, how analytical meditation works, Rob’s “soulmaking dharma,” the emptiness of conceptual frameworks, facing the end of life, and the meaning of emptiness.

This book goes deep! Rob Burbea describes in great depth and detail the experiences and insights one can have in meditation. At first glance, emptiness might seem like an arbitrary buddhist concept, when in fact it can be a corner stone in understanding human experience more deeply. We use Seeing that Frees mainly as a workbook for all kinds of questions related to practice. Although you don’t have to consider yourself a Buddhist to benefit from this book, a basic understanding of buddhist terminology is certainly helpful.

Rob’s collection of talks on covers a wide range of topics and leads meditators into the depths of human experience.

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Resources for Meditators

We have compiled a list of individuals and initiatives that offer a variety of meditation resources. Most teachings with a certain depth are still to be found within a Buddhist context (Dharma). However, the listed Dharma teachers have a secular orientation.

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