The Heart Sutra, Beaches & Castles

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 … Continue reading The Heart Sutra, Beaches & Castles

Buddhism is Mysticism

So the Buddhadharma, including early pragmatic Buddhism, is a type of mysticism. In the Theravada Meets Mahayana post, I fiddled with the peripheral of this subject. I'll dive deeper into its cavernous depths here. Mysticism, as Evelyn Underhill saw it, is all about Oneness (or Not Two-ness, as they say in Zen). It's realizing that … Continue reading Buddhism is Mysticism