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....
Ordinary Mind is The Way – Koan

Ordinary Mind is The Way – Koan

Koans are Catalysts Koans (KO-ahns) are paradoxical questions and stories that defy our usual, heavily conditioned approach to answering questions using thought and words. The answer gained through the understanding of the koan is not expressed in thought or words,...
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...
The Six Paramitas (Perfections)

The Six Paramitas (Perfections)

The Six Paramitas (Perfections) Mahayana Buddhism (the dominant form of Buddhism) initially developed six paramitas or perfections early on in its history. The Perfections are virtues to be cultivated and practiced on the path to realizing enlightenment. The list was...
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...