The Further Shore

Written by Master Charles Cannon


Few among men are they who cross over to the further shore.
The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.
~The Dhammapada

In this timeless quotation from the Dhammapada, the further shore represents what is trans-egocentric and beyond the mind. The few who cross over to the further shore experience the true reality of who they are and what life is beyond their minds and without their stories. They experience the state of witness consciousness in the here and now of its happening. They experience joyous life—the fullness of life.

Back on the other side, the others merely run up and down the bank. The noise, the fragmentation of their minds makes them robotic automatons of human experience. Their minds render the crossing impossible.

One can say that all great masters crossed over to the further shore. The further shore is the direction that any master points to. Furthermore, the gateway to the further shore is always now.

The experience of now is beyond the mind in the stillness of the true reality that is revealed when the mind stops. Balance is the key to transcend the mind, and meditation is the foremost technique of balance that we have. So meditate, relinquish your stories and open to the stillness beyond them. Transcend your mind altogether and enter the gateway of true reality. Be truthfully and fully alive and joyfully celebrate yourself as the blissful consciousness that you are, that all is.

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.