Category Archives: cultivation

Analyzing…

I find that I’m constantly asking myself and others questions. I was eating some candy the other day and realized I was admiring the pastel colors. I asked myself, would I eat Jordan almonds if they were all white? Other … Continue reading

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“The Smile”

He smiles… He has been taught. I smile… I have taught myself. You smile… It is your nature. The other smiles… Within and without at peace. 2/17/16

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Joseph Goldstein’s “On Dhamma”

When you begin studying Buddhism, it’s easy to get mired in terms and lists. And because your teacher has curriculum to think about, and wants to cover particular sutras on some kind of schedule, the way he’ll do it is … Continue reading

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Mythology…or no Mythology

On the 4th, The Zennist wrote about his frustration with the de-mythologizing of Buddhism in the post-spiritual Western world. I see this situation somewhat differently. In a congregation of cradle-Buddhist Chinese Americans, there’s no need to re-mythologize, because they’ve been … Continue reading

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The One Mind Precepts of Bodhidharma

We’re actually studying something about these in Zen Buddhism Level III, as we finish up the “Sutra of 42 Chapters.” “Taking the Precepts” by Josho Pat Phelan of the center in Charlotte (This is a detailed talk in 2 parts) … Continue reading

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From My Links

This is something that might interest you from the Jed McKenna Weblog. Thoughts on  enlightenment by many voices. [See letranger101, Jan.3 2014] I’d like to add something from one of Adyashanti’s satsangs. He makes the point that enlightenment (a word … Continue reading

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Discernment in Finding Teachers

One of the problems we Westerners often have is an attachment to or distress with the “exoticism” of Zen Buddhism. We get swept up into the Chinese or Japanese culture, and often there is something of a language barrier as … Continue reading

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