Over the last two years, I’ve written about Buddhism and practice from dozens of different angles around here. In person, I wouldn’t have such a manic approach with you. We’d chat, I’d size you up, and then pick something from the bag that might suit you well, plucking other things from the bag as needed. […]
All the teachings are just reasons to not grasp at or onto things. The methods are ways to let us see those reasons directly, or to give us the courage to not grasp. The grasping mind is what’s at work behind all our problems. Grasping links things together that aren’t naturally bound up. I have […]
Without relying on anything that’s been given to me by situations like birth, culture, education, or even the way my vocal cords and mouth operate, what’s my name?
If silent illumination is like waiting for the water to clear and then diving in, and hua tou is like breaking ice and diving in, Buddha recitation is like focusing on the pearl itself until we suddenly see that it wasn’t at the bottom of the lake at all—it was our own reflection in the water.
A huatou is a question that we’re trying to answer without the intellect. It’s like a koan, but sexier. Huatou practice depends on Great Trust, Great Doubt, and Great Determination.