The rain passed through the city over the weekend, as it did a couple of weekends ago, as the slowdown was starting. That, of course, seems a long time ago. Most days, I feel like I end up spending too much time sitting down. I am sure this was true of my life hitherto, but […]
From a single thought arise Deeds wrought by delusion, Sixty-two mistaken views Nine hundred crazy ins and outs But then what ends is endless And what begins is beginningless When you see like this Truth and falsehood are the same I don’t usually comment on the poems I post, but this one does need the […]
‘We can learn to welcome everything, including our own failures. When we learn to welcome everything wholeheartedly, we become fearless, and that helps others to become fearless also.’ (Entering The Mind Of Buddha) This is the heart of bodhisattva activity. The transformation that allows us to welcome our own failures and to drop away some […]
‘In those moments when it feels like there’s no way to keep going, that whatever is happening is too much, how do we touch into that sense of space? If we can breathe in and out, putting our mind on our breathing, we create space. We slow things down and let our nervous systems recalibrate […]
‘Each of the six perfections is suffused with the perfection of understanding, which sees the truth of the empty nature of all things. Naturally our discussion of simple ethical conduct would end with mystery and emptiness. Just as there is in reality no giver, no gift, and no recipient, so also there is no hurting, […]
Study the way as if boring wood to make fire. Seeing the smoke you should not stop. Immediately the golden star appears. Within this world is the primary destination. Dogen’s response to Longya.
‘Intelligent practice remembers that the value of practicing with the precepts lies not in how it measures our distance along the idealized path to enlightenment but rather how it helps us live in the everyday circumstances of our life. In the real life most of us live, we yell at our kids, we shout back […]