On using mindfulness to find oneself and overcome suffering.
It definitely does; you’ve got a great eye for detail. John’s Mind is now, officially, “Salty Dharma.” My entire approach to practice has changed recently, so I thought it’d be fitting if this blog reflected that. I was gonna go with “Red Rock Dharma,” but, I don’t know, it just didn’t totally jive with me. […]
For the longest time, I didn’t make any progress on this Path because I had no foundation. I was leaping from limb to limb like a meth-addled chimpanzee—chasing my tail, and getting distracted by each little leaf. It took disenchantment with Buddhism, a confusing relationship, and the near death experience of a family member to […]
So, John’s Mind is no longer going to be John’s Mind. Since the content around here is pretty much split between non-fiction Buddhist whatnots and poetry, I’ve made another blog for all my non-Buddhist writing. This is because I’m not a fan of proselytizing. Also, if you dig poetry—but not Buddhism—why not just give you […]
On the Seven Factors for Awakening.
On dependent arising (Part one)
If we understand impermanence but still suffer, then we don’t understand impermanence.
On dealing with your stupid.
“Vast emptiness, nothing holy.” With that single line, Bodhidharma destroyed the universe. He toppled everything, even Buddhism—even the message and the words themselves. To the untrained eye, it might seem like he was inviting us into nihilism. Which is fine, really, nihilism has a lot of great points if you approach it skillfully. If you […]
I used to think I’d eventually stumble on some paradigm or insight and think, “This is it!” and it, ya know, actually be it. Now, it’s apparent that that’s never gonna be the case. Views are tools, and even a truth is only as valuable as it is useful. I’m a syncretist. I go deep […]