When the “two sticks” (tranquility and insight) are “rubbed together” (perfected) they bring forth a fire that burns both away. That fire can not be called purely conceptual, nor can it be called purely nonconceptual– it is not both, not neither. The truth is beyond beyond. Beyond words. Beyond thoughts. There is no truth [it […]
An exploration of a small piece of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s Mahamudra: the Moonlight. I share the text as well as my own thoughts on our author’s thoughts.
This is how Buddhaghosa begins his ‘Path of Purification’. Many of my Buddhist friends will recognize the theme. Enjoy!
My friends and I enjoy many styles of Buddhism. Having fallen from one tree, all the fruits taste exactly the same.
Peter Harvey, in The Selfless Mind, walks us through early Buddhist ideas about self, personality, and nibanna. Here, I share three videos where I read the sections on what is called Bhavanga Citta, on what has been called the Radiant Citta, and a section that elucidates connections in the early suttas between these two concepts.
The Visuddhi-magga (the path of purification), written by Buddhaghosa, is an amazing step-by-step breakdown of the Buddhist path. I’ve been looking at it for the last few months and I’m happy to find little things that remind me of my favorite Pure Land Buddhist teachings. Here, now, I’m going to share a passage about the […]
As the Dharma takes hold in the West, there will naturally be some cultural adjustment that occurs. Japanese Buddhism doesn’t look like Thai Buddhism, and Thai is distinct from Chinese in its expression. That’s no problem. Different cultures have different sensibilities, different climate, different aesthetics. In this Dharma Realm, it doesn’t really matter if one’s […]
Sariputta makes an interesting assertion in the Sampasādanīya Sutta. He boldly declares that “there never has been, there will never be, and there is now no other recluse or brahmin who is better or wiser than the Blessed One.” Wow! Sounds intense. Let’s dig deeper.
Too often, in our very understandable rush to the Middle, we disregard things that seem incongruous with our understanding of what exactly the Middle Way is.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, we learn about two kinds of ego-delusion. In the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta, we get a nice tidy teaching on notSelf. I’m going to bring together a few things from both of these writings and hopefully tie ’em together in a way that helps you see the bigger picture.