It’s like this: There’s a wild animal, like a lion, stuck in a zoo. It starts to exhibit all kinds of fucked up and excessively violent (even for a lion) behavior. No matter what the zookeepers do, the lion continues to behave erratically. Eventually, realizing that the lion is suffering solely because it’s in a […]
Where’s the Middle Way when the extremes keep changing?
The heart of enlightenment is twofold: Clear seeing and complete understanding. These two are really not two; they depend on each other. If there’s clear seeing without complete understanding, then that’s like a person hallucinating the full moon on a new moon night. They might see the moon clearly with all of its canyons and […]
First real entry in the Lay Buddhist series which is about, well, ya know, being a Lay Buddhist.
“What a fuckin’ dumbass,” I think aloud after reading a fellow Buddhist’s post on Facebook. I want to type that as a reply; I want it with every fiber of my being. Instead, I just click away from the conversation. Wouldn’t it be awesome if real life was like that? If we could just block […]
It’s a perpetual, dynamic challenge—taking a monastic practice and applying it to public life… That’s all for now.