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People are scared right now, and this fear is making them do stupid, greedy things. The fact of the matter is that everyone gets sicks, sooner or later. But that knowledge isn't very helpful to most people, only Seeker Buddhas can really do something useful with it. If everyone gets sick eventually, then sickness isn't … Continue reading In Times of Worry: The COVID Scare
Every living being has a hole in their hearts that they try to fill. We try filling it with pleasure. A pleasant taste, warmth, and a sense of security are the first ones. Then, as we grow, our yearnings grow with us. Our tastes evolve. Eventually, we branch out from seeking pleasure in flavors, sights, … Continue reading Your Pain is Your Teacher
A monk asked Fayan, "What's the central teaching in Buddhism?" Fayan said, "You have it too." You have it too. That feels nice, doesn't it? Just thinking it over and over does something wonderful. You have it too. But what is it? Buddha-nature is the easy, intellectual answer, but I think it goes deeper than … Continue reading You Have It Too: Suffering & Buddhahood
Have you ever touched something when it was dry, and then touched it again when it was wet? Duh, of course, we all have. How about when it was hot and when it was cold? Sure, we've all done that too. Have you ever seen a tree under a clear sky, then a gray one, … Continue reading Is It Snow or Is It Water?
Even dark thoughts and feelings are the mind trying to help you in some way.
For Part One Some sounds are naturally annoying and abrasive, but most of them only piss us off when we fill them up with stories. Imagine a loved one saying, "Fuck you, you're a piece of shit," in a loud, shrill voice even though you didn't do anything wrong. That might piss you off, make … Continue reading Listening Meditation Part Two