Open monitoring is like listening to that one wind make all these sounds; fixed-attention is like the wind falling until everything's silent. Self-inquiry is asking, "Who's listening?"
"Dharma" means teaching, but it also means the natural laws that these teachings point to... all we have to do to grok the Dharma is to pay attention, because the true nature of things is always in plain sight.
When we're born, we don't know our names. Isn't that peculiar? We don't know our gender, sex, race, political party, or religion. And we don't know anyone else's either. We're born in a cloud of unknowing, and we spend the first part of our life in that cloud. Then we start to see patterns in … Continue reading On Being No One
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.