The mind-only teachings have been around since the beginning, in the Pali Canon it was called the All. It’s an important teaching because it can help us cling and crave less. It’s also a gateway to grokking emptiness in a firsthand, direct, way—which is the point. So, what is the mind? If we’re asking from […]
The Heart Sutra is one of the most Buddhisty Buddhist texts, and it’s one of the cornerstones of Zen. It’s one of the shortest Sutras ever written because it’s kind of a summary of all the various Prajnaparamita scriptures (including the Diamond Sutra). It’s a popular part of Zen liturgies and serves as a nice […]
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 […]
“Look at it,” Jing Shen said. “Don’t turn away, and don’t grab hold of it. Just look. What do you see?” “Jealousy,” I replied, with a set jaw and creased brow. “I’m jealous of their friendship. I wish that’s what we had. But, she doesn’t need me.” “How does that feel?” “It hurts.” “Is there tension […]
Focusing on the body as the Path
A fly lands on your nipple, and the universe is created.
I can sometimes come off serious in these posts, but I promise you I’m totally not. I dig Buddhism, and I practice diligently, but I don’t take it seriously because that’d be like anti-Buddhism. It’s hard to see in the dry, repetitive Suttas and the ultra-analytical and psychedelic Sutras, but Buddhadharma comes packaged with a […]
We don’t own our actions, we arise from them.
Dependent arising applies to nations too. Most of the dysfunctions in a society can be traced back to poverty.
Sutra Study: A Modern Take on the Assalayana Sutta