How do we reconcile emptiness with the view that we’re all Buddhas or that we can all Wake Up? If there’s really no us but a vast net of interdependence, then who is that can Wake Up? Who is it that has that potential? It’s pretty simple, really…
Suffering is like when dive in a pool, climb out and say, “I soaked, I need a towel.” That’s valid reasoning. But Buddha said that we’re wrong.
Someone asked me today, “Why do we have earwax? What does it do?” “It protects our inner ears from bacteria, dirt, and what not and keeps the canal lubricated.” Right after I said that, I thought, “That’s just weird as fuck since ‘purpose’ is just an idea, and it’s always relative.” Something’s purpose is its […]
If the mind is troubled, then we live in a troubled world. If it’s free from troubles, then the world is free from troubles. Gain and loss are both mind; no gain and no loss are also mind. Birth and death, health and sickness, youth and old age, pleasant and unpleasant, having and not having, being and not being are all equally mind.
The mind-only teachings have been around since the beginning, in the Pali Canon it was called the All. It’s an important teaching because it can help us cling and crave less. It’s also a gateway to grokking emptiness in a firsthand, direct, way—which is the point. So, what is the mind? If we’re asking from […]