An Ode to Freedom............. Beyond time and space, Deep nature isA formless ocean... Beyond beyond, All things take form,Out of the formless ocean,Our nature is deep nature.Our substance is congealed as from ocean water. We take form,All forms haveA beginningAnd an end. And in that formWe get confused,we start to seeOurselves as,Separate entities. We get… Continue reading An Ode to Freedom
Interesting article on cognitive decline and aging. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47234787
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/science/hominins-tools-china.html Although it is questionable as to whether or not the stones in question were actually formed by hominids or naturally, there are a lot of interesting issues brought up in this paper regarding dating of rocks using the magnetic flip in the earth, and issues regarding the migrations of early hominids.
Research in Texas in 2018 uncovers an earlier group of humans under the Clovis layer. While the earliest migrations were considered to be roughly 13,000 years ago over the Bering landbridge during the last Ice Age, this settlement is dating at 16,000 to 20,000 years ago. This opens up the possibility that there were earlier… Continue reading Gault site research pushes back date of earliest North Americans
“ The empty mind is an abiding in ease, where there is no self, no fear or desire to be deluded with. And yet there is the ability to respond out of compassion and kindness to the present situation in a suitable way. It is strange isn't it? Compare the goal of Nibbana, of non-existence,… Continue reading The Way it Is – excerpt – Ajahn Sumedo
from "The Four Integrative Methods of Bodhisattvas (Bodaisatta shishoho)" by Zen Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), trans Thomas Cleary The four integrative methods of bodhisattvas are giving, kind speech, beneficial action and cooperation. This giving means not coveting; not coveting is not being greedy...To offer flowers from distant mountains to a Buddha, to give away treasure's… Continue reading The Four Integrative Methods of Bodhisattvas (Bodaisatta shishoho)” Excerpt – Dogen
'YOU HAVE NO IDEA ...' Many people say, "Is a path like this practical?" and I always answer 'what do you mean by practical?'. Is your life right now practical? You have no idea, I say, what life is all about. You have no idea whether you're living or dead, you just exist. Find out… Continue reading Practicing the Way – Robert Adams
Posted Feb 9 2019 on the Soto Zen Buddhism Facebook pages Here (if ya ask me 🙂 ) is -THE- key point of Shikantaza Zazen that is unique and subtly unlike most any other way of "Objectless" meditation ... thus Shikantaza is not even really "meditation" at all (if ya ask me 🙂 ) ...… Continue reading The point of Shikantaza – Jundo Cohen