So first, using either faith or reason, we move our emphasis from what’s happening to what is, from the seen to the seeing until, for a moment, we only know that seeing, what is. That’s not a time to settle, but to double our efforts until enlightenment spits us back out into the world.
I posted on FB yesterday, “If I made a Zen school whose view was, ‘Everything’s a potato,’ would anyone be interested?” It was a joke, of course. But I’m a serious joker. Zen is, beneath all the various labels, about nonduality. Taoism, older Mahayana schools, Advaita Vedanta, and even some theistic religions deal with nonduality […]
The Heart Sutra is one of the most Buddhisty Buddhist texts, and it’s one of the cornerstones of Zen. It’s one of the shortest Sutras ever written because it’s kind of a summary of all the various Prajnaparamita scriptures (including the Diamond Sutra). It’s a popular part of Zen liturgies and serves as a nice […]
Samsara is our cyclic thoughts, feelings, impulses, and behaviors.
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 […]
What is Samadhi? A neurological explanation.
“When the sun sets in the west, does it appear or disappear?” She paused for a moment, staring at me like I was an idiot. She’s probably right. “Disappears.” “When the sun sets in the West, does it come into existence or cease to exist?” After a genuinely thoughtful pause, she replied, “Neither.” “Why?” “Because […]
The confused try to clear the sky of clouds, but it’s the aversion to clouds that they should be trying to clear. The greatest obstacle to seeing the Way is despising one’s ignorance. Trying to escape the confusion only adds more confusion to it. Like a Chinese Finger Trap, if you try to pull out […]
The noteworthy problem that kick starts all of our other problems isn’t all that problematic in the long run. It’s a simple mistake made by all sentient beings to some extent. The issue is that we base our identities in unstable hands—namely our own. It starts with perception, when the mind perceives the figure (Gestalts, […]