March 7, 2016

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

March 1, 2016

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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