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 […]
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…
Our nature, by nature, always makes the most of each situation. When we live like we’re outside of the moment and our experiences, we interfere with that, we bring our dirty laundry with us wherever we go.
Another way to approach emptiness and mind-only is as attribution-only, or situation-only. Social psychologist penned the term, “Fundamental attribution error,” to describe a phenomenon in which we project attributes onto a person’s character without taking the situation into account. On the other hand, if we do the same thing they did, we tend to write […]
Whether you believe in rebirth or not, odds are you’ve either asked this question, or you’ve heard someone else ask it. Rebirth makes sense in Hinduism, since Vedanta claims that there’s a soul or essence somewhere in the mind and body. When the body dies, this essence takes another based on its karma and desires. […]
Tanchui once asked Master Farong, “I feel trapped in my life, trapped by these cyclic afflictions. Please, help me break free.” Farong replied, “Who is binding you?” After a pause, “No one is binding me.” “Where are your chains? Where is the cell?” “There aren’t any shackles, and there isn’t a cell.” “Then how can […]
It’s easy to fly into space when you’re wrestling with a view like shunyata (emptiness). I’ve met more Buddhists than I can count who splatter things like, “Nothing exists, I don’t exist, yadda, yadda,” all over social media. Emptiness is an intimidating concept, and that can make it difficult to practice with, but it’s possible […]
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 […]