Emptiness as Procedure, Sudden & Gradual Awakening, Advaita & Zen

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

How Do Emptiness & Buddha-nature Go Together?

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...

Dealing with Fear {Trigger Warning}

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 … Continue reading Dealing with Fear {Trigger Warning}

My Actual Practice: Sitting with the Void

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 … Continue reading My Actual Practice: Sitting with the Void

Emptiness on a Leash

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 … Continue reading Emptiness on a Leash

The Heart Sutra, Beaches & Castles

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 … Continue reading The Heart Sutra, Beaches & Castles