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Lojong: Opening the Heart and Mind

I’m writing about a set of Buddhist teachings that come from Tibet called Lojong. In all honesty, most of Tibetan Buddhist teachings don’t mean much to me. I’m not interested in leaving food out for spirits or doing just the right ritual so that my spirit escapes samsara at death. I don’t believe in that…

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Small Successes

Great accomplishments are composed of minute details. Those who succeed in attaining the Whole have attended carefully to each tiny part. Those who fail have ignored or taken too lightly what they deemed to be insignificant. The enlightened person overlooks nothing. -Han Shan Deqing   Every little success matters. It can be easy, especially in…

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Bodhisattva Road: March 2018

These are my latest articles at Patheos: Buddhist. Check them out! Unshakeable Faith There are times when we act with unshakable faith in the Dharma even though we don’t understand the situation we’re in. There are other times when we understand our situation but are afraid to be completely faithful. In one instance, we have…

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Han Shan on Greed

With one small fulcrum, a lever can move tons of weight. With one greedy thought, years of integrity can be corrupted. A greedy thought is the seed of fear and confusion. It will grow wildly. The material gain that a greedy act brings is a small gain indeed. To act without greed and lose some…

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Bodhisattva Road: February 2018

These are my latest articles at Patheos: Buddhist. Check them out! Against the Wind February 26, 2018 “The scent of a virtuous person goes against the wind, spreading in all directions.” -the Buddha   The wind in this analogy is the world. It’s everything that we see and hear that constantly tells us “Life is…

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Silent Illumination

“In complete silence, words are forgotten; total clarity appears before you.” -Hongzhi Silent Illumination (mozhao) is a formless meditation practice. It’s an approach to practice that emphasizes our true nature as fully enlightened. The practice of Silent Illumination is a fundamental practice of Tsaotung Ch’an Buddhism. Silent Illumination is what’s called an objectless and still…

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Hakuin and the Accusation

A zen story: A zen teacher named Hakuin lived in a small hut outside of a village. He had a great reputation and was liked by all. One day a poor young woman in the village became pregnant and lied to her parents. She told them Hakuin was the father. After the baby was born…

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37 Practices of a Bodhisattva: Patheos Series

I did a series on the classic text “The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva” for Patheos. I’ve linked all of the articles here. I had a good experience delving deeply into this important text and I hope you will too. 37 Practices of A Bodhisattva: Introduction January 1, 2018 A Bodhisattva is one who strives to…

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Bodhicitta

Bodhicitta is the quality that drives away the suffering in ourselves and others. “Bodhi” means awake, free from delusion. “Citta” means mind. So this is about the mind of awakening that we’re trying to develop and strengthen. The way of the Bodhisattva is the way of compassion and wisdom, of realizing your own boundless potential.…

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