New Direction Basic Material Highlights

Visible and Invisible

The visible exists because of the invisible.

Deep Looking

Deep looking is seeing what you do not see and knowing beyond what you know.

Deep Looking 2

Deep looking reveals not only what you see but also yourself and the world.

Great Intelligence

Seeing a cup and knowing it as just a cup is ordinary intelligence. Seeing it and knowing oneself and the world is great intelligence.

What You Know

What you know is because of what you do not know. Realizing what you do not know is knowing beyond what you know.

No One Wrong

No one is wrong but there are people who are at different stages of their growth.

The Worst Ignorance

The worst ignorance is not knowing one’s own ignorance.

Three Kinds of Knowledge

Knowledge about nonself. Knowledge about self. Knowledge that can only be gained by knowing both self and nonself.

Learning From Life

Being unable to learn from life repeats life’s lessons and hinders one’s growth.

Rediscovering Eating

Unlike animals, humans can benefit more from learning from eating than eating itself.

Wisdom and Good Deeds

When the wise benefit others, it is called wisdom. When the unwise benefit others, it is called good deeds.

Eliminating Loneliness

Loneliness can be eliminated. But eliminating loneliness without addressing the cause can make your life worse. It is like silencing a fire alarm and letting the fire continue to burn.


One who is unaware of being alive calls himself a wise being, Homo sapiens. The one, unaware of being alive, believes that he knows himself. The unaware one believes he knows what happened thousands or billions of years ago.

From Contradiction to Transformation

Knowing one’s own contradictions is the beginning of knowing one’s own ignorance. Knowing one’s own ignorance is the beginning of knowing oneself. Knowing oneself is the beginning of self-transformation.

Living for Others

You are living for others if you can not learn from your own life. Your life does not benefit yourself but others who learn from your life.

Rediscovering Yourself

Truth is inside of you and outside of you. You are made of truth and a living truth.

Living Without Awareness of Being Alive

Living without the awareness of being alive prevents one from understanding and improving oneself and one’s life.

Knowing Self and Nonself

Knowing nonself is gaining knowledge. Knowing self is changing life.

Rediscovering Your Body

If you look deeply into your body, you will realize that it is not your body, but at the same time it is your body.

Rediscovering Breath 2

If you look deeply into your breath, you will not only discover your body and the world but also your past actions, inner self and mental states such as desires, perceptions, beliefs, limitations, motivations and contradictions.

Rediscovering Your Life

A life living as a human instead of living as a resource.

Benefiting from Life

Benefit from both what life gives you and what it doesn’t.

A Higher Intelligence 3

Knowing one’s own ignorance is a sign of a higher intelligence.

Getting Out of Unhappiness

No one can get you out of your unhappiness unless you stop doing what will bring you unhappiness.

A Role of Unhappiness

Unhappiness brings ingredients of happiness. If you are unhappy, you probably already have what it takes to be happy.

The Best and Even Better

What you have right now is the best you can have at the moment. If you appreciate and make the most of it, you will have better things.

Rediscovering Humans

From ones who work and consume to ones who are respected.

Human Happiness

It is difficult for humans to be happy when living as a resource.

Rediscovering Work

Work is a school of life where you learn to live. Salary is a scholarship.

Money and Wisdom

Without money, living poor. Without wisdom, living foolishly.

Power of Watching

Watching your breath changes your breath. The same goes for your body, mind and life.

Rediscovering A Flower

See a flower to discover the flower in your mind.

Rediscovering What You Want

Discover why you are not given what you want and what you will lose by gaining it.

Breaking Truth

When you break what you believe to be the truth, you gain something greater.

Wise and Wiser

If you grow wise, the people who you considered not beneficial to you become beneficial to you. If you grow wiser, even your enemy becomes beneficial to you. However, if you are unwise, even beneficial people become not beneficial to you.

Wise and Wiser 2

If you grows wise, you benefit from both what you have including adversity and what you do not have. If you grow wiser, you benefit others and the world.

Working Wise

Money naturally fills your pockets even though you work for a purpose greater than making money, just as food naturally fills the stomach of one who eats for a purpose greater than filling stomach.

Benefiting from Untruth

The unwise do not benefit from truth but the wise even benefit from untruth.

Ignorance and Foolishness

When we are ignorant, we don’t know we are ignorant. When we are foolish, we believe we are not foolish.

From Ignorance to Wisdom

Ignorance leads to foolishness. Foolishness leads to pain. Pain leads to wisdom.

True Gratitude

True gratitude is appreciating everything in life, both received and not received, not just receiving what you want.

True Victory

True victory is a victory without losers but all win.

Solving and Flourishing

Solving inner causes of your life problems and helping others to do the same leads to a flourishing life.


The sun rises from darkness, wisdom from foolishness, hope from hopelessness, and a bright world from a dark one.

source: New Direction Archive