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
Nada means "sound," and Yoga means "union." So, Nada Yoga is the practice of unifying with sound.
When it's raining, it's not raining too---everything's like that. I had to take the dog out for a walk this morning. It's a cold day with colder rain. It's supposed to rain until sometime tomorrow. The rivers are gonna rise, streams are gonna jump their banks, and the sidewalk in front of my house is … Continue reading Between the Raindrops
Open monitoring is like listening to that one wind make all these sounds; fixed-attention is like the wind falling until everything's silent. Self-inquiry is asking, "Who's listening?"