A central part of Buddhism that is often over looked is the symbolism. If you thought the Free Masons used a lot of symbolism they are certainly rivaled by the Buddhist. Before the Buddha died he expressed his wishes that his followers did not make images of him. So the first Buddhist tried to honor … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part III, The Symbols
“The Mahayana schools that acknowledge a distinctive mental relationship to body senses also described it in other terms, differentiating between mental activity that receives and organizes sense impressions (the Mano) and that which is cognized (the Manas)- in other words” the mind which “spoke” to the body and the mind which spoke to itself. The … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part II, The “self”
Early on my Buddhist path I came across the teaching of Anatta (Not-self). I have to say that I didn’t (or couldn’t) understand the concept at all at first. If there was one thing I was sure of it was “me”! 🙂 If the Buddha was teaching that I didn’t really exist then who or … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….
ig·no·rance /ˈiɡnərəns/ noun 1. lack of knowledge or information: "he acted in ignorance of basic procedures" synonyms: incomprehension of, unawareness of, unconsciousness of, unfamiliarity with, inexperience with, … I live in Asia and one of the challenging things that a foreigner must go through is dealing with the language and the differences in culture. One … Continue reading 4+1=6, Ignorance, it isn’t just a Buddhist issue…
“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not good.” Sun Tzu In this passage it is clear to see that Sun Tzu is saying to have restraint in your attack. For his purposes he is … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Attack by Stratagem Part II
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of … Continue reading Politics, Oh the tangled web we weave….Part V
John F. Kennedy was a great president. It certainly wasn’t for his ability to control his urges! It wasn’t for the Bay of Pigs either, that was pretty much a disaster. If you applied today's media standards to him, they would say that instead of stopping the Soviet threat in Cuba that he brought the … Continue reading Politics, Oh the tangled web we weave….Part IV
Now I need you pause take a deep breath and open your mind a little bit. Try to block out the endless drone of propaganda that has be bellowed into your ears none stop 24/7. I come from a place in Michigan where, while I was growing up, there was not a minority living within … Continue reading Politics, Oh the tangled web we weave….Part III
Money. Money is the root of all evil, you have heard that before right? Well in relation to politics this is particularly true. Behind every successful politician is a big pile of MONEY! Republicans are well known for cozying up to the big corporations and Wall St. So if you were against that kind of … Continue reading Politics, Oh the tangled web we weave….Part II
**NOTE** "The Nazi imagery is for educational purposes only related to this post. It in by no means is meant to spread, condone, or justify Nazi ideals. I renounce anything related to Nazi ideology." “Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favorable to the other side, present it … Continue reading Politics, Oh the tangled web we weave….
“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not good. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence, supreme excellence consist of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. Thus the highest form … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Attack by Stratagem Part I
“There's a thought in my mind and there's nothing not far behind there's a road there's a path there's a freeway and there's a map There are flies and blue skies and the just and the unjust all walk side by side” Flies and Blue Skys, Kings X So death is not an ending … Continue reading Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part III…..
“Dear friend, please practice together with Ananda and myself as follows. Breathing in I see that this body is not me. Breathing out I am not caught in this body. I am life without limit. I have never been born and I will never die” Shariputa, speaking to his dying friend the monk Anathapindika … Continue reading Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part II…..
Go on Youtube and watch any MMA or Boxing match. Watch the fighter’s closely, they will stand in some sort of fighting stance at a distance and one will throw a punch or two and then step back into their fighting stance. Then the other one throws a punch or a kick or maybe even … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Waging War Part II….
“There is life, there is death and the difference between either one is one single breath” Kings X, Flies and Blue Skies When I first heard that lyric I was struck with how powerful the meaning is. We do not think of death in this way. How can something as a single breath separate … Continue reading Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be…..
In war let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. SunTzu Did you see the McGregor/Mayweather fight? What happened was a perfect example of having a bad strategy (and horrible coaching as well) in a fight. It is obvious that McGregors plan was to simply knock Mayweather out early in the fight. … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Waging War Part I….
Metta in Pali means Loving Kindness. The Metta Sutta is an easily accessible Sutta both in terms of translations available in English and many other languages and what seems to be the simple message it contains. Because it does not seem abstract or contain loads of Buddhist technical terms it is often read over quickly … Continue reading Metta, It’s simple right?….
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence when able to attack, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Fein disorder and crush him.” Sun Tzu That first line is HUGE! To be successful … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Laying Plans Part II….
In my blog “Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?” I challenged the conventional interpretation of Karma. This wasn’t a flight of fancy on my part where I just made up my own idea of what it means. I think that in that blog I sufficiently showed that there was something wrong with … Continue reading Don’t hide behind your Karma….
When you have your first contact with Buddhism (as someone from the west) there are numerous obstacles to overcome before any of it can start to make sense. The cultural trappings are very confusing because even though they all refer to it as Buddhism it looks very different on the surface based on where the … Continue reading Yana, Yana, What you Yana know about the Yana’s….
When starting this blog my intention was to direct it to those that were beginners or that were studying the artial arts on their own without an teacher. Because it is a written blog it has limitations such as, you can’t demonstrate a technique for example. That would have to be a Video blog which … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Laying Plans Part I….
We (modern people) have a way of often trying to go straight to the meat of the matter. If we start something new we tend to want to get right to the complicated stuff thinking that it is somehow more important or significant than the simpler things. In Martial arts new students want to learn … Continue reading Finding the profound in the simple….
"A old retired boxing champion beat a young MMA fighter in his first professional boxing match." The BuddhistRonin
The Buddha walked his own path, you could say that he was a rebel of sorts. He was a Hindu when he first started his spiritual journey but along the way he found his own Dharma that conflicted with the Hinduism of the time. These conflicts were both in the way he changed or reinterpreted … Continue reading Sunita, the nightsoil carrier….
So you have wanted to train in the Martial Arts for years and you finally decide that now is the time to start. If you are like most people you will look in the yellow pages or online to see what school is available closest to you. Oh there is a Judo school down the … Continue reading Martial Arts, Understand your purpose……
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….