The nature of wisdom is usually misunderstood. One urge is to attach it to a person. (She’s wise. They’re good. I don’t rate him so much. His guru nights are rubbish. On the other hand did you watch that TV program the other day? Oh my God! It was amazing.) This is a mistake. A person can say wise things. The same person can say … Continue reading Wisdom, and “Wise People”
Pain Monster My mind is regularly an incessant ramble of thoughts. Voices, ideas, clashing views, criticisms from the past, flashbacks, constrictions from the pain monster needing to, as Eckhart Tolle says  come out once in a while and feed. In fact, for myself, I didn’t know my mind could be any other way until my early thirties when I hit a crisis. Then it … Continue reading The Dharma. In my own words. In five minutes.
Last month I promised a lighter topic and space unicorns. Taoism has an Epic Fail Moment The surviving texts of Taoism are mainly profound and achingly beautiful poetry, so what’s not to like about that? If I do have a gripe it’s that (in my humble opinion and all its tongue-twisting finery) it’s inaccessible and exclusionary to most people exactly in the way it claims … Continue reading Space Unicorns: What Enlightenment, and Zen, Is Not.
There’s a sutta* where Buddha says “Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself a greater harm.” He also says nothing can do “greater good than one’s own well-directed mind.” Earlier * he claims victimhood can’t still our hatred. How can hatred still hatred? These blew my mind when I read them. OK. … Continue reading Hashtag Me Too: Victimhood, Abuse, and Being Buddha