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Thoughts on Shedding the Self, or, ‘Who is it that carries this corpse around?’

I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent … Continue reading

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Stubbing Your Toe on the Philosopher’s Stone, or, ‘If It Ain’t Broke, You Can’t Fix It’

Note: The quoted material in this post contains a wee bit of adult language, so ‘caveat lector.’ “Golden Elixir is another name for one’s fundamental nature. There is no other Golden Elixir outside one’s fundamental nature. All human beings have this … Continue reading

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Today’s Menu – Eat it or Starve

“Intellectualisation creates a gap or lack of rapport between you and your life. You think about things so much that you get into the state where you are eating the menu instead of the dinner, where you value money more … Continue reading

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Baby Steps Along the Bodhisattva’s Way

This post follows on one from yesterday, about which a friend asked a couple of follow-up questions that led to a little additional rumination on my part. As far as what our “true nature” is and how exactly we bring … Continue reading

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On Slurs, Sincerity, and ‘the Single Minded Way’

“The Bodhisattva’s way is called ‘the single minded way,’ or ‘one railway track thousands of miles long.’ The railway track is always the same. If it were to become wider or narrower, it would be disastrous. Wherever you go, the … Continue reading

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To Be Like a Cat

“When my teacher was seventy, he said, ‘When I was young I was like a tiger, but now I am like a cat!’ He was very pleased to be like a cat.” – Shunryu Suzuki, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

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