According to Buddhist teaching, clinging to views is an empty and futile way of interfacing with the world.
BY CHRIS JANSEN - The default state of all intelligent human beings is confusion. And what if ‘living your truth’ is just flinging yourself into another delusion?
Emily Dickinson – I Died for Beauty, But Was Scarce…
Emily Dickinson's allegorical reflection on the relationship between beauty and truth.
BY CHARLENE MOSKAL As I age I find I can no longer enter certain rooms. I see backspaces inhabited by specters of a world fading into my past.
Adrienne Rich – The Corpse-Plant
The corpse-plant's soft and scaly appearance and its drooping head give it a ghostly, deathly air in Adrienne Rich's poem.
Self-Realization – Brahman and the Absolute
Daniel Simpson addresses the Atman or Brahman, the 'infinite, unchanging and formless unity from which life evolved and to which it returns.'
Boshan and Fostering Great Doubt
Doubt is a key incentive of the spiritual journey, and, as per the old adage 'Great doubt, great awakening', it is foundational to the enquiry of Zen.
Shunryu Suzuki’s Waterfall – On Separation and Death
When a human life comes into being, a unique form comes together, like a drop of water when it is separated from the wholeness of the river as it hits a rock or falls down a waterfall.
“You Can’t Pray a Lie” – Mark Twain’s Huck Finn
Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn suggests that evil is not something manifested by wicked people, rather it perpetuates with the conventions that we absorb from childhood.
The Path That Leads Into the Mountains
In 1993, Zen teacher Joan Halifax published a book called The Fruitful Darkness based on her anthropological engagements with Tibetan Buddhists, Mexican shamans, Native American elders and other tribal communities.