Freedom from Ourselves

Thoughts are like birds---flying, circling, pecking, perching, singing, and crapping on stuff. Like some birds, they tend to flock together. At least that's how it is for me, your experiences may differ. My thoughts tend to circle perceptions, memories, and feelings. They usually keep circling until I can get them in writing. That's why this … Continue reading Freedom from Ourselves

What Does It Mean to be Awake?

What's the first thing you do each morning? People answer that in a lot of different ways: get out of bed, open my eyes, go to the bathroom, check my phone, get dressed, eat breakfast, turn on the light, on and on. All of that's inaccurate. The first thing we do each morning is wake … Continue reading What Does It Mean to be Awake?

Beyond Good & Bad, Who Am I?

Huineng said, "Without thinking of good or evil, what is your Original Face?" On the other hand, when asked what the essence of Buddhadharma was, Daolin replied, "To refrain from all evil and do all that is good." How is it possible to reconcile these two correct teachings? First things first, I've gotta realize that … Continue reading Beyond Good & Bad, Who Am I?

What is Original Enlightenment?

Original. Authentic. Genuine. Enlightenment, awakening, wisdom, clarity, prajna, bodhi, freedom, truth... You can pick whichever word combination gets your rocks off, they all point to the same thing: you. Buddha-nature is one of the fundamental teachings in Zen. If you had to select only one teaching to go with, this would be the frontrunner. It's … Continue reading What is Original Enlightenment?