The point of zazen, says Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, is to live each moment in complete combustion, like a clean-burning kerosene lamp. In this talk at the Tassajara sesshin in the summer of 1969, the great Zen master explains Dogen’s teaching on practicing within imperfection and warns against the arrogance of the false self.
Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.
I am relatively new to Buddhism and I’ve been struggling with the balance between study and practice. Is there an ideal balance between the two?
Gelek Rinpoche argues that enlightenment is possible only when female and male energies are both present. Tara practices bring enlightened female energy.
Jukai as defined by Diane Eshin Rizzetto, an abbess of the bay Zen center in Oakland, California.
Before he encountered the dharma, explains Ajahn Amaro, his mother was his main example of great kindness and generosity.
Master Sheng Yen surveys the path to enlightenment, explaining how it progresses and where its pitfalls are. Our intellectual understanding, our temporary realizations, even the exalted state of oneness—all must be dropped to realize the deepest emptiness, the highest truth.
Forum with Paul Haller, Robina Courtin, and Bernie Glassman on the relationship between social engagement and Buddhist practice.
The Upper Middle Way: Have North American Buddhists renounced renunciation?
“Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism” by Richard Hughes Seager, reviewed by Martin Baumann.