I don't know. The blue sky rests above golden green trees, birds whistle and flop across the wind. Earthbound, my eyes float upward and reach out toward their traceless flight. I don't know. Mind is emptiness. A twig snaps, I turn to look. I say, "I love you," and a friend says, "I love you," … Continue reading Untitled
Samsara is cycles and patterns our minds get stuck in; nirvana is the absence of those cycles and patterns. With samsara, we tend to live on autopilot at the mercy of conditioning. "If x happens, then perform y. If x doesn't happen, then don't perform y." We sacrifice everything that's original and true to use … Continue reading Why Are Samsara & Nirvana the Same?
Be the space where life happens, not just the person it happens to.
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'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?
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?
Mahakashyapa and the Buddha had the same mind in that moment, a mind free of preferences, expectations, questions, answers, judgments, and desires.