Guidance to Awakening
”It would be nice if someone would come along
and find a method by which people could awaken.
Even the Buddha couldn't do that.”
- Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (source)
”I rejoice that Kim is enabling so many practitioners
to get awakened in such an approachable manner.
May the Dharma flourish for the benefit of all beings!”
- Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (source)
”As far as I know at present, the Two-Part Formula is as old and timeless as the teachings of the Buddha. The steps are a simple and experiential way of combining shamatha and vipashyana to reveal a timeless fact: that there never was any real ego: I, me or myself. Calling it awakening is fine. According to what I have learned from Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, he calls it dakme tokpey sherab, the insight of seeing egolessness, in the context of personal identity. It corresponds to the awakening of a hinayana practitioner.”
- Erik Pema Kunsang
”The Two-Part Formula is too good to be true, except it really is true! This is so wonderful. The distinction between the subject-self and the object-self is such an important distinction to make, something I never understood until I came across the Guidance on the Open Heart-website. Really crucial to awakening. I spent 18 years working with the object-self doing vipassana which would have knock on effects on weakening the subject-self, but left it still alive and kicking, whereas after two weeks looking at the subject-self in the Guidance with Kim I finally woke up! I feel so grateful for this - it's been life changing for me. I don't think there are many teachers out there that understand the subject versus object self distinction. Open Heart is really lucky in this regard. In terms of Buddhism in general, this really is ground breaking stuff.”
- Jonathan, buddhist practitioner
Guidance to Awakening is a dialogue between a teacher and the one guided. Its purpose is to cause a permanent and irreversible awakening in the mind of the guided by means of direct pointing.
Guidances usually last from few days to few weeks at maximum. The most convenient way to organize a guidance, during which thoughts are exchanged daily, is email, because both can respond to each other when it best suits. Awakening intensives are also organized.
Preparing for Guidance
The core of the guidance is so called Two-Part Formula (2PF). Its necessary to properly familiarize oneself with this instruction and other materials, like the "Awake!" -book, before starting the guidance. Prepare well for the guidance. When you have familiarized yourself with the Two-Part Formula, you have some idea how it works and how it brings up the sense of me-ness, that doesn't feel very comfortable or natural. We have seen that the best way to wake up, is to do it with awakened teacher. One on one tips and instructions make a world of difference.
Rules of the Guidance
Emails are exchanged from the beginning of the guidance at least once a day, preferably twice. Your ongoing efforts with the Two-Part Formula and continuous feedback make the processing ideal. The guidance is intense. Do not take it up casually. After the guidance is begun, no breaks are taken until awakening takes place. When you start, you should also finish it properly.
Processing with the Two-Part Formula requires perseverance. You will more than likely experience frustration and fatigue during the guidance. Although it can be emotionally challenging, generating awakening with the 2PF is not a battle or a fight, that can be won. It can be compared to a scientific experiment that requires wits, effort and determination. Big hopes, dreams and emotional expectations are of no use whatsoever. It is also necessary for you to wipe the slate clean and forget everything you have previously read or heard about awakening. All that only hinders the process. Start fresh.
What is required from you is that you keep exercising the Two-Part Formula, according to the instructions given by your teacher. The teacher is there to offer support, sometimes in the form of encouragement and sometime in the form of a rap, so that you can finish the guidance successfully. The teacher also verifies or falsifies your awakening by the means of questions and photographs.
If you are not following instructions or indicate some mental health problems, the teacher will end the guidance. You can also stop the guidance, if that is what you want and need to do.
Verification of Awakening
When the guidance starts, take a picture of your face (looking straight into the lens of the camera, good light, no eye glasses, plain face), date it and keep it safe. When it looks like awakening has happened, the teacher asks you to take another picture. Then and send both pictures (dated) for analysis. Photographic analysis is done because a good photograph tells a thousand words. A photo tells, like a live person, whether awakening has happened or not. In technical language, in Open Heart teachings, awakening refers to the opening of the 1st bhumi or stage, as taught in Open Heart Bhumi Model. Verification of awakening is done through verbal and photographic means.
Is It for Me?
Guidance to Awakening is for people who have sound basic health and who feel that guidance is for them.
Guidance to Awakening is not for people with mental health issues that prevent them from distinguishing between fantasy and reality.
Compensation for Teacher's Time
Open Heart teachers are not monastics but Western lay people with families and bills. Open Heart is not a large organisation backed up by religious establishment with large financial resources.
Guiding is work for the teacher, so we feel that it is appropriate to ask for financial compensation from the guided, for the time and expertise offered by the teacher.
Below you can find a chart with indicative amounts of compensation. You can choose a suitable amount based on your ability to pay. Details for payment are given in email at the beginning of the guidance.
If you are less well off but want to take up guidance, negotiate the matter with the teacher. No one has ever been turned away due to lack of funds.
Chart of compensation:
1-3 days: 100-200€
4-6 days: 200-300€
7-14 days 300-1000€
When you want to arrange Guidance to Awakening, contact the teacher by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Become Awakened: http://www.en.openheart.fi/113
"Awake! Stories of Awakening and Dialogues Leading To it"-book available for free: http://www.en.openheart.fi/114