The sunset is behind me as I take these pictures. It appears as though I am facing a blazing sunset somewhere behind the clouds in this image — the background clouds are just glowing away. But the sun is at my back — I am facing away from the sunset: the natural and graceful daily-death […]Read more "Just glowing away…"
Most of practice is wasted effort. The “trying” is what keeps us spinning. It also can’t be done without pushing; without urgency and striving. But the Goal is non-attachment to any “goal”. “Just-Sit”, they say. “Do-Nothing”. Be steadily present with the feelings and intentions that shake the waters of contentment. What is learned through this […]Read more "Think “Non-Thinking”"
“Un Limosna por Amor del Dios” by Agustín Barrios MangoréRead more "Un Limosna por Amor del Dios"
St. John of the Cross — Ascent of Mount CarmelRead more "Just a big quote"
Life of the light of men: Saturated by the light of the sun, and disappearing into its radiance.Read more "Illuminated"
It is You who loves the world into and out-of existence.Read more "Today is a Monestary"
Absorb-in, Tease-apart, See-through, Make-better (again and again…)Read more "Recollection: a sequence of Contemplative Practice…"
In the last post on discovering “The Way” in our experience of ordinary mind, I shared the idea of a “great dialectic” described as Expansion and Contraction by meditation teacher, Shinzen Young. In that post there was some description of how something as ordinary (and seemingly negative) as laziness could be experienced as an example […]Read more "Ordinary Mind as the Path VII (Excess)"
If you have ever listened to one of Shinzen Young’s talks (which I would encourage anyone to do), you may have heard him describe what he considers something like the “great dialectical forces” of Expansion and Contraction… Very roughly speaking: Expansion is the principle of increase: growing more intense, larger, faster, wider, scattering, pushing out, […]Read more "Ordinary Mind as the Path VI (Laziness)"