Tagged with buddhism

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

“Like a flower in the sky”

If you can smash through a single thought, Then all deluded thinking will suddenly be stripped off. You will feel Like a flower in the sky that casts no shadows, Like a bright sun emitting boundless light, Like a limpid pond, transparent and clear. After experiencing this, There will be immeasurable feelings of light and … Continue reading

Evolving Religion, Evolving World

Integral Life has just uploaded a number of longer content videos on Vimeo. This is great, because some of the stuff gets hasn’t been seen before and it gets into more detail. Wilber asks, is Buddhism Evolving? What’s the relationship, he asks, between evolution of our reality and the dimension of reality that is beyond … Continue reading

Accessibility of message.

Alot of the things being said about philosophy, transformation and consciousness might in language be less accessible. Each philosopher or teacher has their own way of expressing it, and then again some people may recognize it without being able to teach it. I think this is OK, because if there is one thing that often … Continue reading

Zen and Christians, afraid to love?

Clergyman defends his Zen Buddhist practices. Conservatives in the Episcopal Church of the US are demanding that Rev Kevin Thew Forrester, a priest of the diocese of Northern Michigan, be barred from the episcopate because he received a “lay ordination” from a Buddhist group. Strange how so much misunderstanding stems from when we see something … Continue reading

God evolves, consciousness evolves.

Consciousness evolves: Stuart Davis recently wrote a blog, “Five Things Religion-Haters Should Know,” where he succinctly points out that, “The ‘answer’ to fundamentalism is not to get rid of Religion, but to get religion to evolve.” I couldn’t agree more. While I’m all for modern writers, scientists and philosophers pointing out the embarrassing trends of … Continue reading

Buddhism, Christianity and Science.

Would it make sense to suggest that religion should encourage a healthy dialogue between its knowledge and wisdom on one hand, and scientific inquiry on the other? For instance, Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns have recently added scientific knowledge to their studies, in addition to traditional studies (Buddhist philosophy, meditation, debating, etc). Monks are literally … Continue reading

B. Alan Wallace and John Searle.

I recently watched a debate between Wallace and Searle, certainly two intellectual giants on the topic of consciousness. Searle is well known for his contribution to the philosophy of mind. He has grappled with the hard questions: what is consciousness? What is the mind? In doing so, he has also become a formidable opponent and … Continue reading

“…but also those possibilities,”

You should not think that the way insentient beings expound Dharma is necessarily like the way sentient beings expound Dharma. If you assume that [insentient beings] should be like sentient beings in their voices and the way they expound Dharma, and thereby, conjecture the voices of insentient beings in terms of those sentient beings, that … Continue reading

Big Sit and Integral Practice

As the Big Sit continues, I find myself exploring not only mental and spiritual practice but also physical. In the mornings, I’ve started to do basic exercise and stretching. It’s strange but not surprising, as the weeks went on during the Big Sit, my body seemed to be clearly telling me things: exercise! Eat right! … Continue reading