Do we have to cultivate enlightenment?
A new meditation exercise.
It's been said before by... someone that when you're studying the Dharma, any book will do. I once experienced the teachings firsthand while reading the Samdhinirmocana Sutra; attachment's relationship to dukkha as well. I was sitting at the kitchen table, studying, and I accidentally spilled a cup of tea on the Sutra. The pages were … Continue reading Every Book is About Buddhism
So the Buddhadharma, including early pragmatic Buddhism, is a type of mysticism. In the Theravada Meets Mahayana post, I fiddled with the peripheral of this subject. I'll dive deeper into its cavernous depths here. Mysticism, as Evelyn Underhill saw it, is all about Oneness (or Not Two-ness, as they say in Zen). It's realizing that … Continue reading Buddhism is Mysticism
The thing about the Dharma is that it's universal. It's the law that gives rise to reality itself and all that appears therein. There are uncountable books and articles on Buddhism, but really the teachings are conveyed by every experience we have, everything we observe.
It's easy to get carried away with emptiness. I've met a lot of emptiness fanatics trolling the FB Buddha halls. I used to call them Zen Bastards, but I try not to be such an insufferable prick these days. But emptiness fixation is a very real danger. It can suck you into some pretty desolate … Continue reading Emptiness: Don’t Get Carried Away
Emptiness isn't a thing, really, but the way of things... the same way that flowing isn't a thing, it's the nature of water.