The Arittha Sutta might be the most concise Buddhist meditation manual ever written: “There is the case where a monk, having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building, sits down folding his legs crosswise, holding his body erect, and setting mindfulness to the fore (making mindfulness a […]
“All right,” I said in my head, a soft bedrock of tranquility supporting my resolve, “take me.” I’d been fighting my afflictions for years; resisting them, decorating them, and ignoring them. The struggle against my sorrows has aged me. I’m 32, but I look and feel ten years older. The one thing I’d never tried—the […]
Ya know, we talk about it all the time, but what is the present? What is right now? This is important to ponder, because inhabiting the present moment isn’t just a huge part of Zen, it’s one of the foundations of secular mindfulness as well. Philosophical ruminations won’t bring us very far with this question. […]
On using mindfulness to find oneself and overcome suffering.
On dealing with your stupid.
Everything we do, we do for love. We eat certain foods because we love them, or we love what they do for us (keep us alive); we avoid others because they negate what we love. Hate, frustration, fear, sorrow, grief, envy, and jealousy: these emotions arise when something we love and enjoy is emptied out […]
If the mind is like a cloth, and all experiences (including the experience of self) are folds and wrinkles in it, then who’s folding the cloth? This is what we identify with, ya know? If we just identified as a fold—a product of the mind—from the get-go, then there’d be no problem. Instead, this fold […]
Part 2 on how to practice Abhidharma Vipassana
Mindfulness is a poor translation of sati.