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Its own ontology

23 hours agoReligion / Buddhism : The Zennist

Buddhism has its own ontology. It's not a speculative attempt to describe ultimate being or the one true reality (e.g., the One Mind as the perfect eternal form) but, instead, an invitation to realize true reality in our very self.....

What Happens When Kids and Parents Stay When They Don't Want To

My plan was to make a video of me conversing with my daughter, pair it with a written blog post, and use the content to talk about how accomplished my offspring are. What really happens: I attempt to talk to my daughter while she spits food on the table, pretends she's asleep, uses a bad word, and walks away from me while I'm talking. read more

Where’s My Goddamn Upgrade?!

I confess, I get caught up in the Apple hype whenever the company releases a new something-or-other, or tweaks the operating system on the old something-or-others already in existence. It’s unlike me, but there you have it. So all last...Show More Summary

pureland buddhist creed

This is a time of change for me, both outer and inner - with a concommitant re-focussing and re-orientation of...


The 9th chapter, “Transcendent Wisdom,” in Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life that I referenced in my Sept. 8th post, begins with these words: Wisdom is the only true final antidote to all suffering (the whole path aims at this).” The Sanskrit word for wisdom is prajna, which is syllabified as praj, meaning [...]


Bodhicitta is available in moments of caring for things, when we clean our glasses or brush our hair. It's available...

Dharma Connect: Goodbye Dalai?

The Dalai Lama, the world's best-known Tibetan Buddhist, stirred things up this week with an interview in which he seemed to suggest that he should be the last to hold that title. “The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama,” he told a German newspaper, which interpreted it to mean he did not want a successor. read more

the will toward mystery

....the will toward mystery, the longing for deeper knowing, the draw toward the sacred heart, redefines life. A gradual upswelling...

The great intoxication

Many Buddhists are sound asleep to the real genius of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (hereafter MPS) and the astonishing implications it has within it. That all beings have the Buddha-nature is just not a simplistic observation. There is more to...

Bhikkhu Bodhi on mobilizing for the People’s Climate March

With the massive People’s Climate March in NYC coming this Sunday (click here for details), the esteemed Buddhist monk, editor, and translator Bhikkhu Bodhi speaks to the urgency of the problem and the need for us to take action. Moving from a Culture of Death to a Culture of Life On September 21, concerned citizens […]

If you see the Buddha on 11th Avenue…

Via Chip Johnson of SF Gate comes an especially sweet little story out of Oakland, California: Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion… The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha […]

The gap between two truths

It is well known that Nagarjuna, who lived in the late 2nd century, engaged in debates that were called destructive (vitandâ). Such a tactic is close to skepticism. In other words, Nagarjuna refuted his opponent's thesis without having one of...

To Re-Be or Not Re-Be, That is the Question

In 2011, the Chinese government enacted a law that prohibited Tibetan lamas or monks from reincarnating without government approval. The Chinese government wants to have the right to approve reincarnations of living Buddhas or senior religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. Let’s for a moment forget the ridiculousness to trying to approve who can and who [...]

Episode #1 Extras

Each episode of Off the Cushion with Danny Fisher includes extras — relevant links, additional content, information about opportunities or events mentioned in the episode,  things we find helpful, and more. Here are the extras for Episode #1: “Ven. Show More Summary

EPISODE #1: “Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and the People’s Climate March”

This week, an extended conversation with the mighty Buddhist monk and scholar who has forcefully challenged practitioners to act against social, economic, political, and environmental injustice: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. Plus: Cat Jaffee,’s Digital Campaigner for U.S. Show More Summary

Watch a livestream of Pema Chödrön, teaching on “Basic Goodness”

The Buddhist principal of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It’s not something esoteric or unrelated to us. It’s about how we feel about ourselves at the core. We are fundamentally open-minded, open-hearted, worthy, and good. Show More Summary

Sakyong Mipham on why meditation helps us “Stop, Relax, Wake Up”

Meditation practice, says Sakyong Mipham in his Shambhala Sun article, “Stop, Relax, Wake Up,” gives us time to slow down and really wake up to the naturally occurring love in our hearts. And it can be pleasurable! “Meditation is supposed to feel good,” he writes. “In fact, when we are simply being and feeling, we […]

Twilight of the gods

If God is an idea or belief, we erect plenty of Gods and almost all of them bite the dust one day, simply because it is the nature of conditioned things or the same, dependent originations, to perish through change....

The invitation

The discourses of the Buddha and especially Zen sermons act as an invitation, that is, they open the way to spiritual knowledge which is about our primordial self. This invitation is, however, special. Not all are invited because not everyone...

Thank You

Today I would like to do something I haven’t done in a while and that is to thank all the people who read and support this blog. I really appreciate all of you who have left comments here, contacted me privately, who have “liked” The Endless Further’s Facebook page, and so on. I continue to [...]

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