Listening by contemplating on the source of the ear organ is the recommended practice for this era because only sound can be heard through walls and all around. You can practice all hours of the day; even while you’re asleep or deep in a dream, you can hear sounds, including the sound of silence. The sound of silence is a sound with a source in you who hear. You first notice sounds in movement and stillness, then you realize that the object of sound neither comes into being nor ceases. Instead of listening to the wisdom of others, why not listen to that which listens? Contemplate: who is it that listens? Listen until even listening ceases. Read More..
Since evicted from a U.S. monastic order about eight years ago, I have been told many times that I suffer because of my karma, bad karma. Often this sentiment is coming from those I presume to be perpetrating intentional harm. This sentiment also becomes a sort of shaming and humiliation… Read More..
Abstract for an upcoming presentation. Leave a comment if you have any thoughts or suggestions. Presently no coherent translation theories exist for Buddhist translators from Chinese to English. What elements might a Buddhist translation theorist in the predominantly Christian West consider and integrate as she gleams sacred text translation… Read More..
“On Sitting Meditation: An Inscription” Excerpted from Admonitions for Monastics By Meditation Master Buddha Eye Qingyuan, of Longmen The light of the mind shines in emptiness; its substance transcends extremes and pervades all. The light of the mind is like golden waves lapping, for the mind is always in deep… Read More..
(Extrapolated from the Sitting Dhyana Samadhi Sutra) For beginners, focus on counting your breaths from one to ten. For more advanced practitioners, follow the breaths and count from one to ten, but stop thinking when breathing pauses. For the most advanced practitioners, count while pausing and contemplating; the practice becomes… Read More..
A Compelling Call to Peace on Earth The knowledge we need for harmony among the world’s religions and spiritual communities lies in the wisdom of the feminine. The sacred feminine is always attuned to the oneness, the interconnected wholeness of life. A world that is not connected to its soul… Read More..
Is Peace Possible? War, strife, deaths. The cause of so much of the woes in our world is too often religion. Those who promise heavenly peace unfortunately become the very ones who prevent peace on earth. Peace seems impossible. However, we can help to lengthen the moments of peace and… Read More..
This Friday, December 18th, Karen Armstrong will host a one hour Facebook conversation on compassionate action. Join her at 6pm GMT (1pm EST/10am PST) on the discussion boards and click the link titled “LIVE DISCUSSION WITH KAREN ARMSTRONG 12/18”.Focusing on the calls to action in the Charter (posted below), participants… Read More..
As we close a decade marked by war, help us usher in a decade focused on compassion. The names of all affirmers on December 31 will be sent along with the Charter for Compassion to 5 world leaders whose countries are engaged in conflict. Add your name today and encourage… Read More..
What the Vision Doesby Peter Senge [Listen to Audio! New!] If your deeper intention is an inseparable part of how you are, it is not capable of attachment. You can seek to accomplish your intention. You live out your intention. It is like the wind, the life force from which… Read More..