October 28, 2018

I Shot Me in Pittsburgh

Yesterday 11 of our brothers and sisters in faith were killed in Pittsburgh and yet more were injured. Were they Buddhist? Did they believe in the same concept of God? Of the Afterlife? No, yet they were still our brothers and sisters in faith; f...

March 19, 2018

Everything is Perfect, and it can always get better

The statement above comes from the great Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. At first it seem like your “typical” Zen statement that is meant only to shake up our clinging to logic without actually meaning anything itsel...

February 4, 2018

I went camping recently and had some excellent meditation sitting in front of my fire at the camp site.  This was not shikantaza – just sitting meditation – but a more introspective contemplation of Dogen’s simile of wood and ash. For those of you who don’t know it, Do...

December 6, 2016

In the darkest cold of winter we all take comfort - take refuge - in the thought of the returning warmth of the spring.  This refuge can take - usually - one of two forms: depression from the fact that it’s not here yet and we still have to deal with the cold and the s...

October 23, 2016

Many people have a great problem with the Buddhist teachings of impermanence and non-self.  Our culture, some would say our very nature, cries out for immortality; yet Buddhism teaches that there is no inherent, immortal soul that survives our bodily death.  This life...

October 23, 2016

Sawaki Roshi: How we live our everyday lives has to be the main concern of religion.

Religion is to live out the ever fresh self which is not deceived by anything.

Religion must not be a system of dogma.  Religion is life. Religion has to function as life. Worshipping su...

August 1, 2016

Why do we struggle for things that will pass away?  Dream phantasms that melt away with the first breathe of dawn.  We cannot gain anything forever, because we ourselves are not forever.  Like all things we will pass away; but this is not a pessimistic outlook, it’s a...

July 2, 2016

The reason I chose this sutra this morning - beside the fact of it being one of my absolute favorites - is that I got a great lesson in non-attachment this past week.  On Wednesday night as I was sleeping my house broken into and, along with several pieces of small ele...

April 27, 2016

So what is this Enlightenment that is the goal of Buddhist practice - but which we’re not supposed to crave?  To a great extent it depends on what school of Buddhism you follow. 

 

In Theravada it is a personal goal to be achieved over multiple lifetimes - and gener...

April 22, 2016

I recently went on vacation to Australia.  The most popular coffee drink there is called a Flat White, which is kind of like a latte except the proportion of milk to espresso is lower and there is even less foam.  I fell in love with it and posted one morning that I ha...

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