Posted in February 2009

B. Allan Wallace on Free Will

I’ve just begun listening to this as my dharma-talk for the day. Feel free to enjoy it as well. Allan Wallace is a Tibetan Buddhist and a philosopher in his own right. He begins with a great mindfulness meditation, appropriate for daily meditators. Boiling down part one, he asks: In the west, we are so … Continue reading

Joshu’s Zen

Joshu went to a place were a monk had retired to meditate and asked him: `What is, is what?’The monk raised his fist. Joshu replied: `Ships cannot remain where the water is too shallow.’ And he left. A few days later Joshu went again to visit the monk and asked the same question. The monk … Continue reading

No Water, No Moon

As described by the Zen Koan, When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time. At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the … Continue reading

Day One

Today begins the Big Sit. How are you managing? I had a crazy day, but tried to be mindful even during work/class. It definitely helped me not fall into a pit of boredom. Tonight: Reading The Three Pillars of Zen and meditating with tea, and then sleepytime. I think it’s important to keep your practice … Continue reading

Radical Empiricism

“If you look very carefully, you’ll see that consciousness is simply one with whatever is immediately arising- as we saw the mountain, for example. You as a subject do not see the mountain as an object, but rather, you and the mountain are one in the immediacy of the actual experience. So in that sense, … Continue reading

What is Zen?

A special transmission outside the scriptures,  Not depending on words and letters;  Directly pointing to the mind,  Seeing into one’s true nature and attaining Buddhahood. -Bodhidharma, the first Chan Master. 

Just watched Bob Thurman’s TED talk

These past few days I’ve got a bad case of sinusitis, so I’ve been lying low, drinking tea and watching TED talks. Bob Thurman’s video really struck me last night. He refers to the Dalai Lama as “rather Jolly,” but Thuman appears to be jolly in his own eccentric way, too! He mentioned something rather … Continue reading

Exploring “Rational Mysticism,” Part 3

So, in Rational Mysticism, Horgan brings up a few interesting terms. Here’s a random, notebook compilation of  what I’ve come across… Emanationism- clear light of void, which fractures into increasingly fragmented realms of reality (such as ours). This is a common experience mystics have; blinding, radiant love which fractals into thousands of dimensions. I’ve even … Continue reading

Rational Mysticism, continued.

This is the second part of my review of rational mysticism. The first was written before I finished reading it (about halfway through). Now I’m writing this, having finished the book entirely. Reactions? He’s an excellent journalist, at best; he can describe the ideas of the subjects he interviews without struggle. His writing is accessible. … Continue reading