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Transcending the imagination

Buddhism and especially Zen Buddhism can leave a lot to the imagination as with most religious works. But of all religions, Buddhism leaves less to the unbridled imagination. In this regard, Buddhism is truly about a personal, sudden awakening to...

Programmed and manipulated by nefarious powers

Buddhism and those who practice it in its various forms such as Zen, in general, would like to believe that they live pretty much outside of the current social environment; that they don’t have a political or ideological bone in...

Who carries the torch of nihilism?

The hardcore nihilist has come to the realization that everything is ultimately meaningless such that he tries lives that way. Heaven and hell are fictions for him, but also his everyday life is nothing more than a series of ‘here.....

Systematic Zen Buddhism

If we can picture a tree as being like a...

A good book with great passages on the ?tman

I read Florin Giripescu Sutton’s book quite a few years ago. I use it like a reference book now. The title of his book is, Existence and Enlightenment in the Lankavatara-sutra. I think it is a very useful book for...

Becoming decent and nice Buddhist nihilists

I don’t think the West knows exactly how to deal with nihilism or will even acknowledge that it is here and growing. Nevertheless, it is present in such forms as political nihilism (Neo-Marxism) and moral nihilism which rejects the constraints...

Buddhist political correctness

Does political correctness find its way into Buddhism? This is not an easy question to answer, but it gets easier if we define political correctness first. The Oxford Living Dictionaries puts it this way: “The avoidance of forms of expression...

We should not grab onto conditioned existence

As a matter of fact, the Buddha never said in a connected statement that the three marks of existence are: 1. sabbe sa?kh?r? anicc? (“all conditionality is impermanent”). 2. sabbe sa?kh?r? dukkh? (“all conditions are suffering”) 3. sabbe dhamm? anatt?...

Freeing the one who is suffering

The Buddhist [Pali] canon assumes that the P?timokkha pertains to monastic regula such that it formulates and defines offenses which are essentially violations of regula. But this was a later development. The original P?timokkha is described in the Mah?p?d?na Suttanta...

Luminous Mind

I think sometimes people reading Zen literature get confused as to what, in particular, is Mind (in the highest sense) often confusing it with thought which is the action or process of thinking. When Mind or the same, pure Mind...

Looking for the unconditioned with the conditioned

A general common question among Zen adepts is how do I realize my true nature or the same, how do I realize pure Mind? For starters it cannot be done with consciousness (S., vijñ?na) because it dualizes (the vi prefix...

The beguiler of fools

The fifth aggregate consciousness is said to be the “beguiler of fools” (P., m?y?ya? b?lal?pini). As I have pointed out before consciousness is the rebirth transmigrant which is always looking for a resting-place, for example, an embryo. As with all...

Does Buddhism deny a transmigrant?

Over these many years I have noticed a hardening of the general belief that the Buddha denied an afterlife, specifically, that after this life there is no more continuation for us. The following I found on the Internet sums up...

Consciousness has an important place in Buddhist meditation

Like something out of a science fiction film, we are trapped in a prison-like world from which even escape is only an illusion of escape; which is a necessary part of that prison-like world. In other words, there is no...

A major presupposition of ours

Everyone who takes up the study of Buddhism—and Zen—tries to understand it based upon their presuppositions. Few can even imagine that Buddhism will challenge many of the presuppositions that they are holding on to. The Buddha’s teaching cannot be comprehend...

Belief in an unseen order

It was William James who said that if we were to “characterize the life of religion in the broadest and most general terms possible, one might say that it consists of the belief that there is an unseen order, and...

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