How I’ve Made It Through

I've seen horrors. Horror after horror in this life. I'm sure I'll see many more before it's all said and done. Some of those horrors were real, most were imagined. Sitting there, assaulted by hypothetical after hypothetical, thinking I could possibly know how others felt about me---thinking I could understand the unpredictable intricacies of cause … Continue reading How I’ve Made It Through

Downgrading the Blog

You might notice that things look a little more basic around here. That's because I've downgraded Salty Dharma to the free plan. Since I'm an unemployed writer, and this site wasn't generating any revenue, it didn't make sense to keep pay in $100 a year for it. And, honestly, I'm nearing a point now where … Continue reading Downgrading the Blog

What’s Affliction & How Do I Deal With It?

The mind is like an inn with one door. When the mind's functioning properly, guests check in, stay for a night, and then check out without fucking up the place. When the mind's malfunctioning, that's like locking the door. New guests can't enter, and old guests can't leave. Then they start trashing the place. Thoughts, … Continue reading What’s Affliction & How Do I Deal With It?

Freedom from Ourselves

Thoughts are like birds---flying, circling, pecking, perching, singing, and crapping on stuff. Like some birds, they tend to flock together. At least that's how it is for me, your experiences may differ. My thoughts tend to circle perceptions, memories, and feelings. They usually keep circling until I can get them in writing. That's why this … Continue reading Freedom from Ourselves

What Does It Mean to be Awake?

What's the first thing you do each morning? People answer that in a lot of different ways: get out of bed, open my eyes, go to the bathroom, check my phone, get dressed, eat breakfast, turn on the light, on and on. All of that's inaccurate. The first thing we do each morning is wake … Continue reading What Does It Mean to be Awake?

Beyond Good & Bad, Who Am I?

Huineng said, "Without thinking of good or evil, what is your Original Face?" On the other hand, when asked what the essence of Buddhadharma was, Daolin replied, "To refrain from all evil and do all that is good." How is it possible to reconcile these two correct teachings? First things first, I've gotta realize that … Continue reading Beyond Good & Bad, Who Am I?