Analyzing Suffering

There is freedom in seeing our suffering as it really is. We can analyze our experience, seeing how we feel, who we are, and gaining some understanding into our habitual feelings and tendencies. In an analysis of ourselves we can come to understand that the core of our being is basically good and that we […]

Faith in Mind

“Simultaneously practice stillness and illumination. Carefully observe, but see nothing, see no body, and see no mind. For the mind is nameless, the body is empty, and all things are dreams. There is nothing to be attained, no enlightenment to be experienced. This is called liberation.” -Sengcan Faith In Mind is a long poem about […]

The Third Noble Truth: All Things Must Pass

When I think of the Third Noble Truth, I think of that wonderful George Harrison song, “All Things Must Pass”. That’s really the message of this truth. All things come and go. And this includes our suffering. Our suffering is impermanent. And if we have a rational understanding of our suffering, then we know this. […]

The Teaching of Huineng

via The Chan Teaching of Huineng — The Tattooed Buddha Huineng was the Sixth Patriarch of Chan Buddhism. Chan is called the Meditation School. It was created as an effort to focus more on the core teachings of Buddhism: the cultivation of mindfulness and awareness. Chan Buddhism is focused on this life, here and now. […]

About a Buddha

Sometimes we just come to the Buddha’s story over and over, telling it in different ways. Gautama was the son of a wealthy king and he lived a sheltered life. It’s said that he didn’t even know about suffering and sickness and death, but that’s almost certainly not true. The story is that his father […]

The only Zen you can find… |Patheos

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig This is about Enlightenment. To come to Enlightenment we have to see our true nature. Our true nature is Enlightenment. Enlightenment isn’t something far away that we’re chasing. We have innate wakefulness and […]

Awakening With Breathing | Patheos

“This technique has been around for a long time. It is almost certainly the oldest and most widespread form of meditation practice. It has been used to bring people to see their true natures. And it still works. Our true nature is very simple, but it’s easy for us to miss. It’s always with us, […]

Lojong Point 3: Transformation Of Bad Circumstances Into The Path

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of patience. This represents our forbearance, our ability to face the difficulties of life without letting them carry us away. The opposite of this is the poison of aversion. This is the capacity to experience difficult with strength and endurance. This section contains six slogans. 11. […]

Taking the Path of the Bodhisattva | the tattooed buddha

We bind ourselves to concepts like I and you, self and other. That’s why seeing things as they really are helps us to walk the Bodhisattva path. We can come to an understanding that things aren’t as divided as they seem. More here: Taking the Path of the Bodhisattva