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 […]
Our nature, by nature, always makes the most of each situation. When we live like we’re outside of the moment and our experiences, we interfere with that, we bring our dirty laundry with us wherever we go.
Part One, Part Two You need not seek the truth, Just stop chasing appearances Without dwelling in divided appearances,Take care to not seek. In one moment of right and wrong,The upright mind is lost in confusion Two follows from the existence of one,But don’t guard even the one In the One Mind there is no […]
Tanchui once asked Master Farong, “I feel trapped in my life, trapped by these cyclic afflictions. Please, help me break free.” Farong replied, “Who is binding you?” After a pause, “No one is binding me.” “Where are your chains? Where is the cell?” “There aren’t any shackles, and there isn’t a cell.” “Then how can […]
I was reading an article by someone who attended an SN Goenka Vipassana retreat in the Himalayas. The article was about what it means to be Awake. The author asked us to focus on the breath for a few minutes. If we drift away from the breath into a daydream, or if we’re distracted by […]
The Heart Sutra is one of the most Buddhisty Buddhist texts, and it’s one of the cornerstones of Zen. It’s one of the shortest Sutras ever written because it’s kind of a summary of all the various Prajnaparamita scriptures (including the Diamond Sutra). It’s a popular part of Zen liturgies and serves as a nice […]
When we talk about emptiness, we’re talking about the present moment as well. The present is always empty of everything but itself, its nature—which is our nature too. It’s empty of thought, because the second we finish a complete thought, the moment has already gone through dozens of transformations. Whenever something changes, that’s the moment […]
Ya know, we talk about it all the time, but what is the present? What is right now? This is important to ponder, because inhabiting the present moment isn’t just a huge part of Zen, it’s one of the foundations of secular mindfulness as well. Philosophical ruminations won’t bring us very far with this question. […]