Be the space where life happens, not just the person it happens to.
Samsara is cycles and patterns our minds get stuck in; nirvana is the absence of those cycles and patterns. With samsara, we tend to live on autopilot at the mercy of conditioning. “If x happens, then perform y. If x doesn’t happen, then don’t perform y.” We sacrifice everything that’s original and true to use […]
Mahakashyapa and the Buddha had the same mind in that moment, a mind free of preferences, expectations, questions, answers, judgments, and desires.
Alterity is the way. Even now I’m becoming someone new. Best to embrace it, I’d say.
Things are always in the process of becoming other than what they are, that’s the drift. Everything’s in transit, the bags are already packed.
The question is, can we let it be that way?
The mind is like a pair of shoes. We wear them all the time, but we’re not usually all that aware of them. They pick up bits and pieces of the places we go. Sand, dirt, mud, dust, shit, and piss—whatever we step in, we pick up. If we don’t pay attention, then our shoes […]
Originally posted on Morning Sky Zen:
Please welcome our new Novice Priest, rev. ShenJing (John Pendall) ShenJing (John Pendall) ? The Morning Sky Zen Sangha is pleased to announced the novice ordination of Shenjing, Profound Mirror He has received Novice Chan Priest Ordination in the the Linji/Yunmen Zen Lineage of the Dharma Winds Zen Tradition and…
Original. Authentic. Genuine. Enlightenment, awakening, wisdom, clarity, prajna, bodhi, freedom, truth… You can pick whichever word combination gets your rocks off, they all point to the same thing: you. Buddha-nature is one of the fundamental teachings in Zen. If you had to select only one teaching to go with, this would be the frontrunner. It’s […]
Sometimes, when I wake up after a deep, dreamless sleep, I think, “Thanks for the free sample of nothingness, asshole.” I’m not sure who the “asshole” is directed toward. Old habits from my God worshiping days, perhaps. I miss God sometimes; God gives us something to scream at. Thinking about eternal oblivion the second you […]
The air is steak, or at least that’s how it smells.His chair creaks, and beer’s bitter refuge washes work away.Another Monday at the table,Another moment of bliss. Charred flesh and cigarettes, and Valium softened sounds.Her eyes fall on his greasy chin, and her mind travels.How did we get her? Is this how it’s supposed to […]
Buddhism doesn’t have a monopoly on emptiness. When it sailed across the Pacific and set up shop in the West, it found itself in a land with its own views and temperaments toward absence. To keep the dialogue going, we can’t just bring Zen to the West, we also have to bring the West to […]