Since Buddhism is all about being mindful of fundamental laws of nature, everything teaches the Dharma. If we look carefully, we can find the entirety of the Buddhist Canon plus every commentary, every YouTube video or podcast, and every poem or essay (both classic and modern) in everything that exists—even imaginary things. It just takes […]
The Arittha Sutta might be the most concise Buddhist meditation manual ever written: “There is the case where a monk, having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building, sits down folding his legs crosswise, holding his body erect, and setting mindfulness to the fore (making mindfulness a […]
How many times can we keep digging up these dusty old bones for perusal? A lot, apparently. The Dharma is the gift that looks different each time you look at it. Not because it is, but because we are. Sitting around, doing nothing, the Four Truths popped back up again—only this time as the present […]
Sitting at square one, there’s nothing I can say. We all must find our own way on the Way. “Rest and observe your experience,” is what my teacher gave me. Rest and observe. Sitting in the rubble of all the monuments I’ve made, the sky is a clear blue, it’s these eyes that grow cloudy. […]
“I will let go with both hands for then I shall surely find the Buddha in my mind.” – Huangbo I’ve been around, and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. No matter how far I sail, the wind always pushes me back to the spot I started from. I’ve studied everything I can, and that’s only […]
“You should reach your goal with no more effort than the wind needs to scatter a handful of dust into the air.” – Buddha Meditation is not supposed to require a tremendous amount of effort. What takes effort is getting orientated—mustering up the diligence to practice for oneself and all beings, and finding the meditation […]
When we take this mind that thinks, sees, and is aware as our true mind, we’re at the mercy of impermanence and conditioning.
Roaring through crisp infinity—the timer bell. I bowed and looked at the clock: a 25 minute sit.
The Awakened Mind doesn’t have a story.
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 […]