Right Intention – Eightfold Path

Right Intention – Eightfold Path

Right Intention Right Intention is the second factor in the Noble Eightfold Path, and can even be more important than sitting zazen for several hours a day. Right intention is the application of mind needed to live and respond to the true nature of reality, seen by...
Nekkhamma: Freedom from Lust, Craving, Desire

Nekkhamma: Freedom from Lust, Craving, Desire

In Buddhism, the Pali word Nekkhamma is translated as ‘renunciation’ in English, which means to relinquish, reject, or disown something. Similarly, Christians may take up this discipline during the period of Lent when they choose to give up something....
Cultivating Unshakeable Faith

Cultivating Unshakeable Faith

Often times when the word faith is mentioned, it is assumed that its context is religious. Particularly in monotheistic religions, faith is referred to as something one has in a god; so for instance, many people have faith in the power and providence of God to help...
The Essence of Mind

The Essence of Mind

In zen practice what is often mentioned is the idea of “no mind” or “not-thinking”. It seems an impossibility to not think — with all the information we are exposed to, the scheduling of our day-to-day, the incidents we face in our lives...
Not Knowing & Zen Practice

Not Knowing & Zen Practice

Born in 1904, Shunryu Suzuki was a Japanese Zen master who settled in San Francisco in 1959 and was instrumental in introducing Zen practice to the western world. A phrase of his, ‘Not Always So’ became the title of a book, the publication of a series of...