Cold as Hell!

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Cold as hell! And just to be clear, for Buddhists using "cold" to describe "hell" is not a contradiction. We Buddhists, you see, have cold hells too. Lots of 'em. So we've got that going for us too. As I was saying, though, now it's -15 wind chill in White Bear, MN, and getting colder. -45 or so by morning so the schools will probably be closed. It is so cold that if you walk into the wind for about 3 seconds, your eyebrows will hurt like hell. That's how cold it is. By the way, … [Read more...]

What is Enlightenment and What does It Matter Anyway?

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"When perceiving one side, the other side is concealed." So says old Dogen in his Genjokoan (translated variously but by Heine's work cited below as Spontaneous Realization of Zen Enlightenment). This little gem is quite a fulcrum for understanding dharma practice and making it real or as Dogen puts it in "Bendowa," "The endeavor to negotiate the way as I teach now, consists in discerning all things in view of enlightenment, putting a unitive awareness into practice in the midst of the … [Read more...]


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