When a man goes off in a boat and looks back to see the shoreline, he mistakenly thinks the shore is moving. If he keeps his eyes closely on his boat, he realizes that it is the boat that is advancing. In like manner, when a person tries to discern and affirm the myriad dharmas … Continue reading Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part IV….
“The significance of the Avatamsaka and it’s philosophy is unintelligible unless we once experience a state of complete dissolution where there is no more distinction between mind and body, subject and object. We look around and perceive that every object is related to every other object not only spatially, but temporally. As a fact of … Continue reading Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part III….
“Modern Physics has confirmed most dramatically one of the basic ideas of Eastern Mysticism; that all concepts that we use to describe nature are limited, that they are not features of reality, as we tend to believe, but creations of the mind; parts of the map, not of the territory. Whenever we expand the realm … Continue reading Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part II….
I practiced Zazen at the Soto Zen temple Chuo-ji in Sapporo, Japan. When I first started I had to get used to all the aches and pains of sitting in the half lotus position (for, what to me, were long periods of time), to my legs becoming numb, and that irritating itch that develops just … Continue reading Hey bud, do you got the “Time”?….
The most vivid description of Shunyata (Emptiness) and interdependence is Indras Net. In the Avatamsaka sutra there is a story about the Hindu deity Indra. Indra had a net hanging on the side of his palace on Mt. Meru that was infinite in size. Now imagine that every point where the strings of the net … Continue reading Running on Empty Part III….
“The object is an object for the subject, The Subject is a subject for the object, Know the relativity of the two rests ultimately on one Emptiness. In one Emptiness the two are not distinguished, and each contains in itself all the ten thousand things.” Zen Master Dogen “Ordinarily we assume that our “self” … Continue reading Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….
Have ever been driving and have your car stop running? After some checking you realize that you forgot to stop and get gas, your tank is “empty”. If I ask you what your tank is empty of you will say obviously, gas! In the morning when you get to the bottom of your coffee cup, … Continue reading Shunyata, Running on Empty Part I….