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...

Today I’d like to talk about bowing. There are many reasons people bow; some cultural, some religious, but many different reasons. 

I know some people have difficulty with the fact that some Buddhists bow to Buddha statues. The 2nd and 3rd commandments of the Christian...

October 12, 2018

Good Morning,

As a novice, I feel it is a good opportunity to take a step back and figure out where I am. In my readings and meditations, I sometimes try to put my finger on what exactly Buddhism is to me. Let me tell you, that definition has changed quite a bit over th...

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...

September 26, 2016

All things are insubstantial and fleeting.

My body is insubstantial and fleeting.
My mind, my perceptions, my thoughts, my consciousness:
All these are insubstantial and fleeting.

This is the Perfect Wisdom.
This is the release from suffering.

To reside in receptive e...

AVALLOKITESVARA, BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION, OBSERVING DEEPLY THE REFINEMENT OF WISDOM, PRAJNA PARAMITA, CLEARLY SAW THE EMPTINESS OF PERSONALITY, THUS ENDURING ADVERSITY AND PAIN.

O, SARIPUTRA, FORM IS NO OTHER THAN EMPTINESS, EMPTINESS NO OTHER THAN FORM; FORM IS EXACT...

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