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 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. […]

Too Busy to Meditate?

Also published The Tattooed Buddha There are a few things people often say in casual conversation when they find out that I meditate. I want to be very clear, this is what gets said in general conversation, not in a teaching context. “That’s so cool. I wish I could calm my mind down, but I […]

Kansas City Meditation Mob 8/5/17

I led a livestream meditation event at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in the Chinese temple room. You can watch it here.     If you like what you see here or it brings you some benefit, please consider leaving a donation. Even a dollar or two would be really awesome. Donate

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 […]

Anxiety and Baggage | Patheos

“We cause all sorts of problems in our lives because of basic sense of dissatisfaction and anxiety that we carry with us. Often we do all sorts of things that bring more pain and suffering into our lives. Sometimes we can just tend to make ourselves more and more unhappy.”   Read More: Anxiety 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 5: Evaluation of Mind Training

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of meditation. We are beginning to develop great awareness and mindfulness.   19. All Of The Teachings Are Really One All of the teachings are rooted in taming the mind and managing the ego. That is the point of this slogan. We tame our wandering minds with mental […]

Quieting the Mind | Patheos

“It’s so hard to become quiet and still in a busy world. Some people come to meditation to find that stillness. People have a hard time sometimes. It’s a busy world and sometimes people don’t want to think about adding another thing to their to do list. But that’s because they aren’t thinking about the […]

Tragedy Led me to the Dharma | Secular Buddhist Association

Tragedy Led Me To The Dharma I had a very personal article published by the Secular Buddhist Association. I sometimes think the deaths of my parents led me directly into Buddhism. When I was fourteen years old my dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was in his early 50s. I remember when he told […]