Bodhisattva Road: November 2017

Buddhism is Simple We think of the Buddha as this grand spiritual teacher, but what if he wasn’t? I picture the Buddha as a practical person. He was… Read more   Fixation There are times in life when we put all of our attention on something and we just can’t seem to stop thinking about […]

Bodhisattva Road: October 2017

The latest articles from my column: Bodhisattva Road you can subscribe to Bodhisattva Road by clicking here: Subscribe!   Mirror of Zen by So Sahn: Introduction The Mirror of Zen is a text that was written by a teacher named So Sahn. He is one of the most revered Zen Masters…Read more   Dharma Harvest I […]

Bodhisattva Road: August 2017

This is a collection of my articles from Patheos: Buddhist from the month of August. Stress We often think of stress as something that happens to us, something out there that is disturbing our peace of mind. But is this accurate?… by Daniel Scharpenburg Read more   Great American Eclipse: Expectations and Wonder   “Listen […]

Basic Goodness

  I like the Buddhist idea of Basic Goodness. It’s a term that was coined by Chogyam Trungpa, who was trying to present Buddhist teachings in a way that would resonate with westerners. It represents the same thing, essentially, as the Buddha Nature concept. It’s about our true nature, who we really are. The teaching […]

When the Practice Doesn’t Fit — The Tattooed Buddha

  There’s a saying in the zen tradition that if you start to slouch, your mind starts to wander. I have found that to be true, but I haven’t heard anything about your hands feeling uncomfortable and the mind wandering. I think the same principle does apply. In the Zen tradition it’s often said that […]

Lojong Point 7: Guidelines of Mind Training

This point has to do with how we go further in our day to day life. This is connected to an understanding of how we can have better behavior in our relationships and in our lives in general.   39. All Activities Should Be Done With One Intention The one intention is to cultivate bodhicitta, […]

Lojong Point 6: Disciplines of Mind Training

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of wisdom, prajnaparamita. They are connected with sharpening our awareness to help us work with ourselves. Wisdom cuts through ignorance. We are cultivating a sense of awareness and mindfulness that will develop us on the bodhisattva path. It’s our sense of wisdom that allows us to […]

Lojong Point 4: Make Practice Your Whole Life

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of diligence. Diligence means that we aren’t lazy in our practice, we are motivated and determined. When we talk about laziness we’re talking about lack of joy on the path. We can think of diligence as developing an appreciation for what we’re doing. The path shouldn’t […]

Lojong Point 2: Training in Bodhicitta

This is where things really start. The way of the Bodhisattva is the way of compassion and wisdom, of realizing your own boundless potential. It comes from realizing that Enlightenment is our true nature, that we have a basic goodness and wakefulness that is fundamental to our being. Bodhicitta is what the diligence of the […]

Lojong Point One: Train In The Preliminaries

POINT ONE: Train in the Preliminaries 1)Resolve to Begin This involves everything that has led us to the path of the Bodhisattva. It’s hard to view our past as part of the path, especially when our past may have been particularly difficult. But the truth is everything that’s happened to us before now has led […]