The heart of enlightenment is twofold: Clear seeing and complete understanding. These two are really not two; they depend on each other. If there's clear seeing without complete understanding, then that's like a person hallucinating the full moon on a new moon night. They might see the moon clearly with all of its canyons and … Continue reading The Heart of Enlightenment
"What a fuckin' dumbass," I think aloud after reading a fellow Buddhist's post on Facebook. I want to type that as a reply; I want it with every fiber of my being. Instead, I just click away from the conversation. Wouldn't it be awesome if real life was like that? If we could just block … Continue reading Lay Buddhism #2
The thing about the Dharma is that it's universal. It's the law that gives rise to reality itself and all that appears therein. There are uncountable books and articles on Buddhism, but really the teachings are conveyed by every experience we have, everything we observe.
...the benchmark for reality in a Buddhist view. Is it permanent? Is it causeless? If the answer is, "No," to either of those, then it isn't real...
Buddhism isn't anything to me.
"You're my rock," she said to me as we stood draped in a powerful embrace. Culture tells me that I should feel gladdened and honored; I should cherish the fact that I'm so important to someone. Her admission should make me feel strong, capable, and loved. Our culture is stupid. Beneath her heartfelt conveyance, I … Continue reading Lean On Me (At Your Own Risk)
It used to be that a practitioner would receive particular teachings only as the need arose... Now, anyone with an internet connection can peruse teachings that they might not be ready for or might not ever even need.