The path to freedom from suffering is essentially a path of freedom from the view, “I’m suffering.”
On using mindfulness to find oneself and overcome suffering.
For the longest time, I didn’t make any progress on this Path because I had no foundation. I was leaping from limb to limb like a meth-addled chimpanzee—chasing my tail, and getting distracted by each little leaf. It took disenchantment with Buddhism, a confusing relationship, and the near death experience of a family member to […]
On the Seven Factors for Awakening.
On dependent arising (Part one)
If we understand impermanence but still suffer, then we don’t understand impermanence.
I used to think I’d eventually stumble on some paradigm or insight and think, “This is it!” and it, ya know, actually be it. Now, it’s apparent that that’s never gonna be the case. Views are tools, and even a truth is only as valuable as it is useful. I’m a syncretist. I go deep […]
Everyone’s born with a Dharma toolkit. Everyone. With these tools, we sculpt our worlds and ourselves. But without the necessary skills and knowledge, these tools are used incorrectly, and the sketches we receive are unreadable. Our measurements are off, our proportioning skewed, and our brush strokes are jagged and broad. So we sculpt worlds and […]
Everything we do, we do for love. We eat certain foods because we love them, or we love what they do for us (keep us alive); we avoid others because they negate what we love. Hate, frustration, fear, sorrow, grief, envy, and jealousy: these emotions arise when something we love and enjoy is emptied out […]
Liminosity is another word for anicca.