It's no secret that my cat is happier than I am. She seems to live mostly at ease with life, and definitely at ease with herself. She naps, wakes up, eats, drinks, plays with stuff, and occasionally asks for affection or pees on the microwave. She doesn't worry about the future or get depressed by … Continue reading How to be an Animal
Yeah, I know... not the catchiest of titles. But, this is an exhausting post, so I figured I'd just lay it all out there. I'm gonna start with the conclusion by saying that you can just skip all of this if you 1) Wish all beings well, and help out however you can, 2) Don't … Continue reading Emptiness as Procedure, Sudden & Gradual Awakening, Advaita & Zen
When we're born, we don't know our names. Isn't that peculiar? We don't know our gender, sex, race, political party, or religion. And we don't know anyone else's either. We're born in a cloud of unknowing, and we spend the first part of our life in that cloud. Then we start to see patterns in … Continue reading On Being No One
The robes are on their way; they should be here at the end of the month. Then, I'll go through a little ceremony with my teacher, Daniel Scharpenburg of Morning Sky Zen, a Chan hermit tradition of the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha in the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun. I've had a long, hot … Continue reading On Becoming A Novice Chan Priest
How do we reconcile emptiness with the view that we're all Buddhas or that we can all Wake Up? If there's really no us but a vast net of interdependence, then who is that can Wake Up? Who is it that has that potential? It's pretty simple, really...
It's not that life is a dream, it's that we live a double-life: Life as-envisioned---with its past and future, judgments and preferences---and life as-is. Suffering is the result of those two lives clashing with each other.
Celebrating 100 WP Followers with a recap on the five most-viewed posts, and a chat on Chan, meditation, and mental illness.