A long and beautifully indulgent poem that sketches the heart through an abundance of imagery that is strong, broken, dreamlike and prehistoric.
According to Buddhist teaching, clinging to views is an empty and futile way of interfacing with the world.
The Buddha’s final words of advice to his students before he died were to take refuge in the dharma and in themselves.
An ancient Buddhist teaching and sutra about the power of the call back to the truth of ourselves.
In the Anapanasati Sutta, the Buddha presents a visceral kind of practice with the breath, that illuminates the experience of joy, calm and impermanence.
Buddhist thinking about existence and non-existence is characterised by a re-framing of the parameters of the question, to be or not to be?
The One Hundred Parable Sutra is a compilation of parables used by the Buddha to demonstrate the principles of dharma to laymen and people unfamiliar with his teachings. The short, humorous stories follow the ill-fortunes of the foolish who continue in their folly to the amusement or disbelief of the people around them.
The Surangama Sutra was influential in the development of Ch’an in China over the centuries and is particularly valued for its elaboration of samadhi and techniques of emptiness meditation that are available to everyone.
Although the spirit of inquiry is at the heart of Buddhist practice, there are some questions that the Buddha deemed to be unanswerable, and discouraged his followers from asking. These are the deeply existential questions that seek answers about the nature of the self, the origin of the self and the state of the self… Continue reading Which are the Unanswerable Questions?
The Discourse on Knowing The Better Way to Catch a Snake (the Alagaddūpama Sutta) is a Buddhist teaching about not clinging to views.