The Magical Mind Podcast 1

The Magical Mind [PDF] is based on The Magic of the Mind by my mentor Bhikkhu Kaṭakurunde Ñāṇananda (used by permission). It gives a top-down overview of the Buddha’s teaching based on the theory of illusion, using images and metaphors from the Buddha himself.

The Magical Mind Part 1: Introduction


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Dev Jacobsen

Musician, author and yogi, developer of Palingenics.

8 thoughts on “The Magical Mind Podcast 1”

  1. It was very interesting and useful to hear your life story. I admire your dedication to the teachings and their practical application. You are absolutely right about today’s massive distortion of the original teachings. We live in very dark times and seeing people like yourself trying to do something about it is very inspiring.

    1. Thanks for your understanding and appreciation. I also read your blog and found it inspiring. It always surprises me when people entertain derivative teachings rather than search out the original Suttas. I think it’s because the compromised teachings are more convenient and easier to follow. They are not as demanding and do not challenge us to develop deep insight. The same thing that happened to yoga in the 50s and 60s happened to Zen and Mahayana, and is now happening to Theravada. I just have to stand aside and let it roll on downhill. But I don’t plan on giving up the real teaching either.

  2. Yes, you’re right. But do we actually want to develop this insight? I think the majority of people are looking into these teachings just to make their life a bit easier. They try to fix their little samsara 🙂 They believe it is possible! “It would be perfect if only…” This explains very well why people pretty much ignore posts like this. They just say they are interested in spiritual growth, but this interest is not sincere. This is still the ego playing its elaborate game. “I am now spiritual. I have read all Buddhist texts. I have studied with such and such…”

    1. Hmm, maybe it’s based on a misunderstanding of what ‘spiritual growth’ actually is. According to the Buddha, we’re not going to change the world, or ‘fix samsāra’ (nice phrase). We’re going to change our point of view, from acting as a false ‘self’ to no-self, from a conceptual mind to a non-conceptual mind. Yes, that’s deep, and it not only takes some work but also integrity and a willingness to radically change our being. People have lost the revolutionary spirit that makes true enlightenment possible.

  3. 2500 years ago there was not as much comfort (or potential of getting it) as today. People did not expect to have big material changes in their lives, thus, they were more suitable for inner revolution. Today’s people are lost in the swamp of materialism. This makes them cynical and heartless. All they care about is their fake comfort, just like your friends from the 60s. Compassion dies in such circumstances. No revolution is possible in this swamp.

    1. It’s true. But there are a few of us who still have compassion. When I see the faces of the people walking down the street, the lines of suffering and anger carved into their expressions, I have to do something. That’s why I make books and podcasts. Even though it’s hard to tell if it’s doing any good, or if anyone was saved, I have to do it or I would be derelict.

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