Chögyam Trungpa

‘Whenever we begin to evaluate, deciding that we should or should not do this or that, then we have already associated our practice or our knowledge with categories, one pitted against the other, and that is spiritual materialism, the false spirituality of our spiritual advisor. Whenever we have a dualistic notion such as, “I am […]

Uchiyama Roshi

‘Middle Way does not mean halfway. Nor does it mean some sort of watered-down, defeated compromise or shallow eclecticism. Rather, Middle Way means to accept this contradiction of impermanence and cause-and-effect within your own life. To accept this contradiction means to forbear and overcome it without trying to resolve it. At its every essence life […]

A Quick Wash and Brush Up

This blog has been active for a little over two and a half years, and I have typed out close to a thousand posts. It felt like it was time for a change. I hope you like it. Apart from the appearance, one other thing I did was pay the good people at WordPress for […]

Jakushitsu

Life is fleeting as dew as lightning How can I vainly deceive myself seeking personal gain? Taking things as they come I respond accordingly Eating my fill and viewing the green mountains.

Hui-Neng

‘Good friends, your own mind taking refuge in your own essential nature is taking refuge in the real Buddha. Self-refuge means getting rid of bad states of mind in your own nature – jealousy, flattery, selfishness, deceptiveness, disregard for others, disrespect for others, false views, conceit, and any bad behavior that might take place at […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Even the name of Buddhism is already a dirty spot on our practice. What is important is not the teaching, but the character or effort of the student. Even to seek for enlightenment means your mind is not big enough.’ (Not Always So) This is the kind of quote that made me very curious about Buddhism […]

Reb Anderson

‘We live in a mind that is generated in such a way that it appears to be knowing something other than itself. We are also given the gift of a mind that knows itself, a mind that is perceiving itself. If we can understand this, we understand suchness. We understand the way we really are.’  (The […]