Samsara is our cyclic thoughts, feelings, impulses, and behaviors.
No. That's all. Have a nice day. Alright, so I guess it's unskillful to just leave it at that. There's been a long debate in Buddhism, especially Zen, about sudden vs. gradual enlightenment. Sudden enlightenment means that "good works" like meritorious actions, meditating, keeping the precepts, or even holding Right Views are beside the point. … Continue reading Should Enlightenment Be a Goal?
Working with affliction.
Mindfulness is a poor translation of sati.
"When the sun sets in the west, does it appear or disappear?" She paused for a moment, staring at me like I was an idiot. She's probably right. "Disappears." "When the sun sets in the West, does it come into existence or cease to exist?" After a genuinely thoughtful pause, she replied, "Neither." "Why?" "Because … Continue reading Enlightenment Isn’t Complicated
The confused try to clear the sky of clouds, but it's the aversion to clouds that they should be trying to clear. The greatest obstacle to seeing the Way is despising one's ignorance. Trying to escape the confusion only adds more confusion to it. Like a Chinese Finger Trap, if you try to pull out … Continue reading Big Sky Mind