Zen is the practice of seeing through birth, life and death to what is. And what is?
So first, using either faith or reason, we move our emphasis from what’s happening to what is, from the seen to the seeing until, for a moment, we only know that seeing, what is. That’s not a time to settle, but to double our efforts until enlightenment spits us back out into the world.
Buddhist Commentary on the song I Am A Rock by Simon & Garfunkel
Suffering is like when dive in a pool, climb out and say, “I soaked, I need a towel.” That’s valid reasoning. But Buddha said that we’re wrong.
One thing at a time. That’s the path to a simple life and a straightforward mind (not-two). Instead of multitasking, instead of our minds jumping rapidly from this to that, or trying to balance this, that, and the other thing simultaneously—we’re living one step at a time. Even when we’re not multitasking, we’re usually still […]
There are no obstaclesTo being who you are You greet yourself wherever you goAnd find yourself with every breath The answer is right where the questions is askedWithout leaving this room, all of space and timeAre revealed Simply see that you are BuddhaSimply see that this is Nirvana Outside yourself, there’s no Buddha to be […]
All the teachings are just reasons to not grasp at or onto things. The methods are ways to let us see those reasons directly, or to give us the courage to not grasp. The grasping mind is what’s at work behind all our problems. Grasping links things together that aren’t naturally bound up. I have […]
Someone asked me today, “Why do we have earwax? What does it do?” “It protects our inner ears from bacteria, dirt, and what not and keeps the canal lubricated.” Right after I said that, I thought, “That’s just weird as fuck since ‘purpose’ is just an idea, and it’s always relative.” Something’s purpose is its […]
Without relying on anything that’s been given to me by situations like birth, culture, education, or even the way my vocal cords and mouth operate, what’s my name?
Our memories aren’t our lives. What did you do after you woke up this morning? I got up, unsuccessfully tried to cough up some phlegm, walked downstairs, and used the toilet. After that, I grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down at the computer and started to write. That’s basically what I do every morning, […]
You know those public memes your friends sometimes share from another page? Clicking on them is like sneaking under the troll’s toll bridge to see how it lives. Some of the comments are funny, sure. Some are earnest and insightful. Some are pure toxic waste. But I don’t wanna talk about that. Have you ever […]