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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna is one of my heroes in Buddhist history. He was a scholar and adventurer, a mystic and wanderer. And a prolific writer whose work is still with us today. He’s sometimes called the Second Buddha. He’s the only figure given such a high distinction. He lived in the second century and he’s considered a […]

How Do You Afford Your Buddhist Lifestyle?

“Now tickets to concerts and drinking at clubs Sometimes for music that you haven’t even heard of. And how much did you pay for your rock’n’roll t shirt That proves you were there That you heard of them first? How do you afford your rock’n’roll lifestyle?” I heard this song on the radio. “Rock ‘n’ […]

Why Zen?

I’m not interested in worshipping the Buddha or Bodhisattvas. I’m not even really all that interested in revering them. When the Buddha attained awakening under the Bodhi tree he said, “I and all beings have attained Enlightenment.” I want to actualize that statement. Zen isn’t about bowing to statues, it’s about bowing to our true […]

Emptiness

The story is that the Buddha gave the first turning of the Wheel of the Dharma, the first set of teachings, just after his Enlightenment. This teaching consisted of the Four Noble Truths. And later there was a second turning. In the second turning the Buddha taught the Perfection of Wisdom teachings. This was a […]

The Flower and the Smile

It’s said that the lineage that we call Zen started in a place called Vulture Peak. It’s said that it started when the Buddha was silent, in the space between words—it was the teaching of no-teaching. His students asked for a teaching, as they did many times. Instead of speaking, as they expected, he just […]