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?
Today I described Chan meditation like this to a friend: Grass grows, wolves howl, Buddhas sit.
Sometimes, when I wake up after a deep, dreamless sleep, I think, "Thanks for the free sample of nothingness, asshole." I'm not sure who the "asshole" is directed toward. Old habits from my God worshiping days, perhaps. I miss God sometimes; God gives us something to scream at. Thinking about eternal oblivion the second you … Continue reading Death & Eternal Oblivion
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
It's not that life is a dream, it's that we live a double-life: Life as-envisioned---with its past and future, judgments and preferences---and life as-is. Suffering is the result of those two lives clashing with each other.
Celebrating 100 WP Followers with a recap on the five most-viewed posts, and a chat on Chan, meditation, and mental illness.
Five traditional Buddhist meditations for counteracting the Five Hindrances