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…
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will […]
I share a lot of methods and views around here, but most of them are things I’ve tried out to make sure they aren’t toxic before passing them along. After each experiment, I go back to my practice. “Why don’t you just practice like a normal person instead of running off into la-la land?” Great […]
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 […]
Focusing on the body as the Path
When we talk about emptiness, we’re talking about the present moment as well. The present is always empty of everything but itself, its nature—which is our nature too. It’s empty of thought, because the second we finish a complete thought, the moment has already gone through dozens of transformations. Whenever something changes, that’s the moment […]
On using mindfulness to find oneself and overcome suffering.
If we understand impermanence but still suffer, then we don’t understand impermanence.