Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Doubts are completely used up,Helpful trust continuously harmonizes. There is nothing to keep,Nothing to reflect upon. Bright emptiness naturally shines,And the mind is effortless. There is nothing to consider,For it’s beyond judgments and senses. As for the true Suchness of things,There is no self and no other.To […]
Short fictional chat between Lunhui (Samsara) and Niepan (Nirvana).
One of our ancient cats is nearing the end. She’s starting to frail—losing weight and having digestive issues. She’s also totally blind, but that’s nothing new. She used to get around pretty good, but she gets turned around a lot these days. When she’s in an open space—without anything to bump into for direction—she starts […]
Here’s a poem I wrote a few years ago to my Zen teacher: Scrubbing the toilet A persistent shit stain Impatience, frustration, Dissatisfaction Then, what’s called I Was poured into the scrubbing The self flowed down The arms, through hand Through the fingers Into the motion Where it found rest In groundlessness What is mind? […]
There’s a thrilling terror to practice at times. You get to a point where it seems like there’s just one more step. You don’t have to take that step, but if you don’t, you’ll stay in limbo indefinitely.
Poem on Samsara
Poem on nonduality and emptiness
The Great Wisdom of the Heart-Mind Sutra The Bodhisattva Guanyin Was traveling freely and deeply through Prajna Paramita,Illuminating the Five Aggregates, each was seen as empty,And Guanyin was ferried across the sea of duality, suffering, and hardship.O Shariptura, Appearance is not different from emptiness, Emptiness is not different from appearance; At present, appearance is emptiness,At […]
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will […]
Half a universe away, moods echo from another time. Do you ever get that? When you’ll be doing something mundane, like eating a pickle or lying in bed, and then it hits you: a feeling. Not just any feeling, but an almost wistful flash of memory calling you back to some random event in your […]
There’s nothing wrong with contemplating the future. In fact, it’s a necessary hazard of living in our culture. But there’s contemplating and planning for the future, and then there’s getting lost in thoughts about the future. There’s a fine line between the two, and it’s easy to slip off of it into total fucking madness.