Tag: Buddhism

Liberation and a Return to the Sacred

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~Gary Snyder Liberation and a Return to the Sacred Buddhism has a long history with the forest.  Siddhartha Gautama fled the comforts of the Shakya Kingdom and immersed himself with the lands beyond to…

Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart of Insight

Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart Sutra The second sutra that I will be explaining from the Prajñāpāramitā is the Heart Sutra.  If you have not already read Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond Sutra, I encourage you to start there before continuing with this article on the Heart…

The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief I was born into and raised within a Christian community, more specifically a Catholic parish. This article will discuss how I went from attending a private Catholic school and Catholic Mass every weekend, to feeling a lot of doubt in…

Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm

Ben Tre: Keep The Loneliness Warm I hold my face in my two hands. No, I am not crying. I hold my face in my two hands to keep the loneliness warm two hands protecting, two hands nourishing, two hands preventing my soul from…

Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion

Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond Sutra There is much to learn from all of the Buddhist scriptures and each of the three main branches of Buddhism have their own interpretations of the texts.  For those who follow the Theravada tradition, the Pali Canon are the…

The Passenger

The Passenger: Commentaries on the Nature of Consciousness What is consciousness?  It is defined as a subjective experience, an awareness of self or one’s surroundings and the ability to react to it.  Right now, as you are reading this, there is someone inside your…

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk In this article we will explore the life of a traditional Buddhist monk, as seen through the eyes of a Theravada practitioner.  If you don’t know anything about Buddhism, I highly recommend you…

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel: A Brief Examination of Buddhism I began reading about Buddhism and its three main branches of traditions and the many lineages and schools of thought within each, when I was only a teenager.  Though all…

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being From Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable Vietnamese monk who strives to live and spread the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, I’ve learned this simple lesson:  There should be no coming, no going, just being. More than anything else, these…

Everywhere You Go, There You Are

  Everywhere You Go, There You Are A decade ago my mind was in a very dark place.  In this darkness I looked for the light, even the tiniest little bit of hope that my suffering had an ending and perhaps a meaning. I…