Avalokiteśvara: one who listens - Buddhaghosa, in the Visuddhimagga, discusses the Divine Ear Element. In the Śūraṅgama Sūtra we see Avalokiteśvara describe the practice of perfect listening. We also see Manjusri Bodhisattva praise and recommend Avalokiteśvara’s practice of perfect listening. Reading this morning, I noticed how these two connect and I want to share it with all of you. I recommend printing […]
Delusion of Extinction - The belief in relative voidness gives rise to a mind that clings to the notion of annihilation. Emptiness as “voidness” just doesn’t exist 😉 . 
What is Prajnaparamita? - What is the practice of perfection of wisdom?
Sickness and Mind - Train of thought from a sick Buddhist. I’m just rambling about the things I’ve been reading and the thoughts I’ve been having in relation to my illness (Type 1 Diabetes). It starts off with thinking about diabetes, but ends with thinking about thinking. Minding mind. Check it out!
How does a Bodhisattva argue? - A Bodhisattva won’t argue! Though a Bodhisattva does share her wisdom, she will not engage in petty quarreling. I can’t express it any more clearly than the masters of yore, so I’m just going to share this piece of this Prajnaparamita Sutra called “Perfect Wisdom in 8,000 Lines”.
How to Course in Perfect Wisdom - There is a piece of you that is not a piece– it is a whole– but, as a whole, it is untouchable, unknowable, unspeakable. The Bodhisattva that courses in Perfect Wisdom has this untouchable, unknowable, unspeakable as her refuge.
What do I gain by practicing meditation on Emptiness? - You don’t gain anything. You drop delusive ideas. But, if you don’t gain anything, why practice at all? Over the next few weeks, I’m going to write a series of posts that will explore answers to this question. For now, let’s explore this question!
Recording the Longer Pure Land Sutra - I’ve been reading the Longer Sukhavativyuha Sutra for my English-speaking internet friends. This is the latest segment. It’s about 15 minutes long. Annnd, it’s a pretty exciting part of the Sutra– it’s got a lot of huuuuge numbers!
Insights from the Perfection of Wisdom Tradition - Walking through some teachings in some of the Prajnaparamita, or ‘perfection of wisdom’, literature. You may be aware of the Diamond Sutra, you’ve probably also heard of the Heart Sutra— these are condensed versions of the teaching. Here, we’re exploring Conze’s translation of The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom and Perfect Wisdom in 8,000 Lines. Also, we’re going […]
I don’t care about your views. - A poem spoken in the early morning forest to all of humanity.