B. Alan Wallace Shamatha Podcast

There’s a wonderful podcast available from B. Alan Wallace. It includes over 20 lectures on Shamatha, including guided instructions. This is a very generous offering as each podcast is packed with teaching and practice. A definite resource for anyone looking for a nice guide and introduction (perhaps even more than an intro, this is nearly … Continue reading

D.T. Suzuki on Eastern Mysticism:

When I say that the East is mystical, I do not mean that the East is fantastic, irrational and altogether impossible to bring within the sphere of intellectual comprehension. What I mean is simply that in the working of the Eastern mind there is something calm, quiet, silent, un-disturbable, which appears as if always looking … Continue reading

The Journey of the Soul

No soul returns to the place it fell from for ten thousand years – it takes that long for wings to grow again… [But] at the completion of the third thousand year circuit, if these souls have chosen the philosophical life three times in succession, they regain their wings and in the three thousandth year … Continue reading

Cosmic Waters

Went to Coney Island Aquarium today. Does a jellyfish have a mind of sorts? An array of nerves and cells that move in such dazzling harmony without a brain as we imagine, but it’s world is full of life, dynamics and response. Thought I’d share this picture. It’s sort of Zen! The sea is our … Continue reading

Lapis Philosophorum

The philosophers stone, Found somewhere between silence and sound tells the story of all silence and all sound tells the story of no silence and no sound it is the crux of the world the pillar of the soul that floats in a sea of calm abiding and roaring storm Tell me the code, dear … Continue reading

The World’s Contemplative Tradition

Suddenly I realized, oh my God. What I’m learning in Buddhist practice is not limited to Buddhism. It’s a universal that’s found all over the world. I came to discover that there was a Jewish meditative tradition and an Islamic meditative tradition. Although the cultures and theologies and practices of these religions vary enormously, and … Continue reading

A Lotus for the World

“Yaeko: Truly I see that there are degrees of depth in enlightenment. Roshi: Yes, but few know that significant fact.” – 3 Pillars of Zen, Yaeko Iwasaki’s Enlightenment Letters to Harada Roshi That was a passage taken from a wonderful chapter in 3 Pillars of Zen. Yaeko was what I consider to be a 20th … Continue reading

Lojong Practice

This is an excerpt from a Tibetan Buddhist text. One of my favorites. I used to have it up on my wall while living in the dorms. Undergrad life was always very busy, and so I never got a chance to really sit and contemplate. Too bad, it’s a wonderful list. Maybe I’ll put it … Continue reading

The Internet, Social Evolution & Ecology

“Good” and “Evil” are context dependent. What is good and orderly for one age is destructive for another. One of the major themes I’ve received from reading Thompson’s Pacific Shift (an out of print book from the 80’s) is that evil often announces the next world order. What appears to be outright horrid for an … Continue reading