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The inherent nature

In Sanskrit, the inherent nature of all phenomena is called dharmat? or the same, the true nature or essence. Even our everyday thoughts that continually arise in our heads have an inherent nature or dharmat?. The world of phenomena and...

The trap and the pass key

A trap is a useful instrument depending...

All religions are not equal

Many of the leaders of the EU, the UK and the US see all religions as being equal. Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all equal they believe. Also Buddhism is the same as Hinduism. The list goes on. But very...

Craving is about escape

Does man crave because he is entrapped in a temporal body and the outer world which this temporal body inaccurately perceives adding up to a substantial illusion? If this is the case how does one dispel such an all encompassing...

We are naturally impious

Just yesterday I was listing to a song on Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE album (2004). The name of the song was Child is the Father of the Man. "Child is the Father of the Man" is a line from William...

Buddhism with rebirth

Western Buddhist teachers all too often seem to find it necessary to apologize for rebirth, I guess in an effort to appease the religion of modernity, namely, big science. But this attitude only demonstrates a willingness to misrepresent Buddhism rather...

Fake teachers and the way of fake Zen

Modern day Zen teachers are not liars. It is not their intention to deceive their students. That being said, on the other hand they can be fake Zen teachers. Being a fake teacher first begins with self-deception, that is, one’s...

A goal which can never be reached

Max Planck said in his book, Where Is Science Going? (1932), that physical science rests on two theorems which, by the way, I tend to think are closer to assumptions. The first is: There is a real outer world which...

Going for the gusto is not enough

Mathematician Mitchell Feigenbaum, who was one of the founders of the theory of chaos, once said, “What artists have accomplished is realizing that there's only a small amount of stuff that's important, and then seeing what it was.” I agree....

Getting beyond self-deception

It is a truism to say that people who think they are doing good may actually be doing evil or harming people in the longterm picture causing some disease like Autism, for example. It is also a truism to say...

Buddhism is full of implications

The teachings of Buddhism are full of implications one being that our present moral and psychological state is not good and may get far worse. In other words, it is much easier to not follow, for example, something like the...

Avoiding rebirth

Buddhism has always been concerned with the great matter of avoiding rebirth which, I should add, was not foreign to the Greeks. Their rebirth was metempsychosis in which the soul at death passed into another body. In Buddhism, it i...

Only by setting aside the conditioned

If what we are is naturally most primordial, calling it such names as One Mind, the ?tman, Buddha-nature, tathat? and so on, how do we come to recognize it, directly, face to face? This is the challenge for us because...

When we become arrogant

A certain amount of arrogance is in all of us. We can’t help it. We want to make others aware of our station in life, the important people we know, our academic degree and certainly our vast knowledge [sarcasm]. But...

The heart of the Buddha's teaching

If we talk about the ‘heart of the Buddha’s teaching” we are talking about the central or innermost part of Buddhism which is where Zen tries to go. If someone had asked Zhàozh?u (J., Joshu), “What is the heart of...

The arising of fascism

I decided to do a blog on the subject of “fascism” for the reason that I think the West is entering a phase where cultural degeneration seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. I have been toying with this...

The art of Zen larping

First of all what is meant by the newly coined word “larping”? Before we get into that we need to understand what does LARP stand for? This is not too difficult (thanks Google). It means Live Action Role Playing. In...

Adventure and the quest

An adventure is different than a quest. It is more of an undertaking that can be risky or even dangerous. An adventure always involves facing the uncertain or the unknown. It is anticipated that luck will oversee the adventure. The....

Tolstoy's dream according to Buddhism

Many people, I am inclined to believe, are living in Tolstoy’s dream (from his book, A Confession). Briefly, in his dream Tolstoy is lying in a bed. Then the supports which hold him begin to disappear whereupon he finds himself...

Looking in the mirror

Do scholars profess to know the actual intent of the Buddha’s use of the term an?tman or nair?tmya? Was this an attack by the Buddha against the idea of an absolute or living essence from which consciousness and the world...

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