We can't define ourselves, others, and life based on comparisons because there's always another side to it that calls BS. Even my lifelong depression takes a hit when I ask, "Depressed compared to what? Anxious compared to what?" Who am I when I suspend these comparisons? What do I feel? What do I want? Am I suddenly a happy, handsome, famous writer? No, but suddenly that isn't as important anymore. But not important compared to what?
How mirrors teach emptiness
The old model for Buddhist teachers isn't really suited for Western society. The old model paints teachers as aloof authority figures who are either only concerned with a student's practice, or they pose abstract riddles and are only concerned with the student answering them in a visceral, spontaneous way. They lay down the law and … Continue reading Teacher Tips: How to Interact with Students
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 … Continue reading If the I is Just A Thought, Then Who’s the Thinker?
What a weird fuckin' question, right? I mean, who even asks things like that? Like most unasked questions, it's somewhat important. No one really knows what the mind is, isn't that strange? Even scientists don't really know. We know shit tons about the brain, and we know that the mind is related to the brain, … Continue reading Is the Mind Different From the Brain?
What is Samadhi? A neurological explanation.