The mind is like a pair of shoes. We wear them all the time, but we're not usually all that aware of them. They pick up bits and pieces of the places we go. Sand, dirt, mud, dust, shit, and piss---whatever we step in, we pick up. If we don't pay attention, then our shoes … Continue reading Taking Time to Feel
Today I described Chan meditation like this to a friend: Grass grows, wolves howl, Buddhas sit.
Five traditional Buddhist meditations for counteracting the Five Hindrances
照底心直觀禪 Zhao xindi zhiguan chan. It's simpler than it sounds. This is a great exercise for anyone who's preoccupied with their thoughts and feelings. I'm a huge fan of the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment's scheme, that practice begins with an Awakening. Before then, we're just kind of putting all the pieces in place that we … Continue reading Illuminating the Ground Meditation
Time has no hold over what is true. That's the basic teaching. Buddhadharma asks us to set aside fleeting and fairweather truths, and to turn around and look at what remains when we're no longer grasping at a single thing. During meditation, if something's marked by dissatisfaction, we forget it. If something's marked by impermanence, … Continue reading Timeless Truth
A clearing in forest, a batch of light bathing the bare patch of grass. You find places like that, scattered here and there in the woods, existing without any good reason to. They're just there, open spaces. Fields, groves, and meadows. They're decent impromptu pastures for rabbits and deer, since they're usually overflowing with tall, … Continue reading The Mind is A Clearing
One thing at a time. That's the path to a simple life and a straightforward mind (not-two). Instead of multitasking, instead of our minds jumping rapidly from this to that, or trying to balance this, that, and the other thing simultaneously---we're living one step at a time. Even when we're not multitasking, we're usually still … Continue reading One Action Practice