What’s a Bodhisattva?

The first time I heard someone refer to himself as a Bodhisattva I thought it was weird. Okay, I still think it’s weird. But I thought of it as inappropriate or wrong. I thought it was like a Christian referring to themselves as a Saint, or a pagan referring to themselves as a Goddess. When I thought of Bodhisattvas I thought of figures like Manjushri and Kuan Yin, cosmic sort of beings. Examples for us to follow, unrealistic ideals for… Read more

Thus Should One Regard One’s Self

Ikkyu said, “Like a vanishing dew, a passing apparition or sudden flash of lightning – already gone- thus should one regard one’s self.” He was echoing the Diamond Sutra, which is a foundational Zen text. In the Diamond Sutra the Buddha says, “All composed things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning. That is how to meditate on them, this is how to observe them.” Ikkyu was taking that concept from the Diamond… Read more

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