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 … Continue reading It’s Not Just About Being Present
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 … Continue reading The Teachings Are Crap
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 … Continue reading Enlightenment Isn’t Complicated
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 … Continue reading Big Sky Mind
Liminosity is another word for anicca.