The Three Marks of Existence are the backbone of Vipassana meditation, and they're one of the tenets that set Buddhism apart from Jainism and Hinduism. The Three Marks are suffering, impermanence, and not-self. Cheery, right? Basically, life is marked by suffering because everything that appears disappears (impermanence). If we're not privy to this disappearing act, … Continue reading How the West Fudges the Three Marks of Existence
That's a great question, John. When I started this last year, I had a far different intention than I do now. It was so different than I don't even remember what it was. My current intentions are 1) to share and 2) to build something You'll see a lot of Buddhist shit on this blog, … Continue reading Why Does This Blog Exist Anyway?
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 … Continue reading The Mind Returned
Where's the Middle Way when the extremes keep changing?
A vulgar introduction to the Four Noble Truths
It's a perpetual, dynamic challenge---taking a monastic practice and applying it to public life... That's all for now.