No more war. That would be nice. It seems like all we hear about is war. Our history is full of it. People who are selfish, greedy, fearful and at the mercy of their opinions, beliefs and ideas create trouble for themselves and for others. What I am looking at is more confusion and it is very painful to see so many people who are completely unaware of their insanity. They cover it up with opinions, judgements and blame. When the blame gets really intense, they feel the
Don't ask 'why?' Ask 'what?' Why questions are circular. Some why questions like 'why am I cold' are helpful relatively and so we become accustomed to using them. However, the circles that 'why' questions create will just keep going when it comes to your mind stream and your emotions. As a meditator sit down, hold still and watch what moves. That is Shikantaza. Don't add, subtract or divide anything that shows up. No 'why' questions. But if they do show up, just obs
This talk is inspired by line seven of a Song of Milarepa: "Not seeing affliction and wisdom as differing. This is as full as realization can be." We know what about affliction but what is wisdom? Not separate. This is just basic non-duality. Not two. It sure looks like it. It is a realization you will not get credit for. You will not have a credential. We are always looking for proof. If you are listening to me, you are not going anywhere. If you think you are, y
“We know nothing until we know everything” is a line from a poem by 14th century Christian mystic St. Catherine of Sienna. When we realize this all questions go away and you know deeply what ‘this’ is all about. It is possible to approach this realization directly by looking deeply into our mind stream through the sitting practice of shikantaza. Give into the fundamental nature in front of you by looking at how you want something else.