My Story · Poems and Such

An Ode to Freedom

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

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Evolution of... · History · World History

Research on Early Hominids – China

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.

North American Aboriginals · North American History · World History

Gault site research pushes back date of earliest North Americans

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

Teachings of Dogen

The Four Integrative Methods of Bodhisattvas (Bodaisatta shishoho)” Excerpt – Dogen

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

Jundo Cohen - Treeleaf Zendo · Shikantaza is..... · Soto Zen Buddhism · Teachings of Dogen

The point of Shikantaza – Jundo Cohen

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