It’s easy to get carried away with emptiness. I’ve met a lot of emptiness fanatics trolling the FB Buddha halls. I used to call them Zen Bastards, but I try not to be such an insufferable prick these days. But emptiness fixation is a very real danger. It can suck you into some pretty desolate […]
The flow or the zone is all about focus, motion, and intention. Those pristine moments occur when the ego fades into the overall sway and movement of things.
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.
This is what happens when you trust secondhand knowledge.
Upaya is an old ass word that means skillful deception, and it’s one of my all-time favorite things about Buddhism. In fact, it’s pretty much what sets Buddhism apart from every other religious/philosophical/metaphysical/psychological school I’ve encountered. Unlike most teachers, prophets, and sages, the B-Man didn’t formulate one static truth, view, or method and belch it out […]
“So I’m gonna abandon meta-blogging for a second and speak directly to you, the Reader,” he types in the blank space that WordPress has provided him. He giggles at the paradox that’s just presented itself and moves on. “Anger and hatred are fuel. They motivate us to act, but they burn hot so they can’t […]
Karma is anything that prevents our minds form being blank slates, pregnant with unconditioned potential. Genes are karma; classical and operant conditioning are karma; our habits and instincts are karma.
No matter what the view it, how right it is, nothing seems to stick.
There’s such a fine line between introspection and self-indulgence.
“We’re looking for something that’s indivisible, that can stand on its own… that’s whole, perfect, and complete. That’s why we made God. That’s why we made emptiness, Suchness, and Buddha-nature. We’re on a perpetual quest for the lowest common denominator.”
The struggle to be mindful when sleep deprived.