Since Buddhism is all about being mindful of fundamental laws of nature, everything teaches the Dharma. If we look carefully, we can find the entirety of the Buddhist Canon plus every commentary, every YouTube video or podcast, and every poem or essay (both classic and modern) in everything that exists—even imaginary things. It just takes […]
The Arittha Sutta might be the most concise Buddhist meditation manual ever written: “There is the case where a monk, having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building, sits down folding his legs crosswise, holding his body erect, and setting mindfulness to the fore (making mindfulness a […]
The car’s brakes whistle through the drizzling night like some kinda solitary bird, echoing across the blacktop and against the imitation-granite building. I’m standing in the closed pharmacy drive-through, vaping away my lunch hour. Zero nicotine. I quit smoking at the beginning of the year, but in some ways, we are our habits. A suped-up […]
Most animals don’t seem to have much self-awareness. They just see, hear, feel, want, fear, love, hate, and take the shortest, most direct path to their incentives. They just live. It seems like humans are different. We don’t just see, but we know that we see. We know that we hear, feel, want, fear, love, etc. […]
I live in LaSalle County, Illinois. It’s a land dominated by cows, cornfields, American Legions and giant churches. There’s a bar for every corner, two churches for every bar, and 20 banks for every church. My neighbor’s rooster sometimes wakes me up in the morning, and last week my mom had to usher a small […]
I was sitting there, doing some Silent Thinking, and then the thoughts no longer seemed attached to their meanings. Meaning seemed to precede thought, like how the urge to say something precedes the words, or how wind precedes waves. For a moment, the thoughts dropped and there was only meaning—thoughts without symbols; literally silent thought. […]
“You should reach your goal with no more effort than the wind needs to scatter a handful of dust into the air.” – Buddha Meditation is not supposed to require a tremendous amount of effort. What takes effort is getting orientated—mustering up the diligence to practice for oneself and all beings, and finding the meditation […]
When we take this mind that thinks, sees, and is aware as our true mind, we’re at the mercy of impermanence and conditioning.
Roaring through crisp infinity—the timer bell. I bowed and looked at the clock: a 25 minute sit.
The Awakened Mind doesn’t have a story.