I was reading an article by someone who attended an SN Goenka Vipassana retreat in the Himalayas. The article was about what it means to be Awake. The author asked us to focus on the breath for a few minutes. If we drift away from the breath into a daydream, or if we’re distracted by […]
2,600 years ago (give or take a century), a man took a dump. It was an impressive dump. A perfect BM. So perfect that everyone marveled at it and decided to put it in a shoe box for safe keeping. When it dried out, they painted it gold and put it on an altar. They […]
Newest piece I wrote for The Tattooed Buddha on 1) the benefits of inactivity, and 2) how harmful it is to fill every empty moment of our lives with something. Growing Strong by Doing Nothing: Enduring Silence & Solitude
Part 2 on how to practice Abhidharma Vipassana
“When the sun sets in the west, does it appear or disappear?” She paused for a moment, staring at me like I was an idiot. She’s probably right. “Disappears.” “When the sun sets in the West, does it come into existence or cease to exist?” After a genuinely thoughtful pause, she replied, “Neither.” “Why?” “Because […]
The confused try to clear the sky of clouds, but it’s the aversion to clouds that they should be trying to clear. The greatest obstacle to seeing the Way is despising one’s ignorance. Trying to escape the confusion only adds more confusion to it. Like a Chinese Finger Trap, if you try to pull out […]
Liminosity is another word for anicca.
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 […]
The thing about the Dharma is that it’s universal. It’s the law that gives rise to reality itself and all that appears therein. There are uncountable books and articles on Buddhism, but really the teachings are conveyed by every experience we have, everything we observe.
…the benchmark for reality in a Buddhist view. Is it permanent? Is it causeless? If the answer is, “No,” to either of those, then it isn’t real…