“Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #05 — Love & Brahmaviharas Edition — Live At 1am Central / 8am Central European Time 02/09/2023

The fifth installment of the ongoing live series with Wendy Nash inquiring into meditation practice on and off the cushion may explore what can skillfully be conveyed about love, and/or more specifically, the four sublime expression of love aka the Brahmaviharas. It is after all February which is often associated with love (or at least theContinue reading ““Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #05 — Love & Brahmaviharas Edition — Live At 1am Central / 8am Central European Time 02/09/2023”

Translations And Musings On The Last Words Of The Buddha

Not due to its prevalence of distortion, but due to the number of misattributed Buddha quotes (to name one reason in particular) it seems prudent to take a closer look at perhaps one of the most important utterances of the historical Buddha: the Tathāgata’s last words passed down in Pali as: “vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā”Continue reading “Translations And Musings On The Last Words Of The Buddha”

Towards Mastering Holiday “Celebrations” | 12/21/2022 “Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #04

[12/22/2022 Update: Oops it looks like I accidentally sent out the previous episode for this podcast, but it’s been updated on WordPress as of around 8pm Central] In this fourth installment of the ongoing live series with Wendy Nash inquiring into meditation practice on and off the cushion, we planed to, and did look quiteContinue reading “Towards Mastering Holiday “Celebrations” | 12/21/2022 “Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #04″

Podcast | Practical Purity

[December 4, 2022 Update: Originally published November 11th, 2022 it’s being republished with a new date due to recent podcast publishing challenges and requirements] I pitched the October 30th, 2022 Insight Timer live event Practical Purity thus: What’s the importance of true purity? How can we view purity and what can we realistically think, sayContinue reading “Podcast | Practical Purity”

Ambiguity & Uncomfortable Truths | 11/30/2022 “Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #03

Before this chat Wendy said, and I agreed, unless there are live questions we perhaps ought to chat about “how to practice with ambiguity, uncomfortable truths, people we love but don’t like their ways or words, navigating guilt, shame, humiliation, privilege. . . The problem of wanting to be good, right, ethical, when these areContinue reading “Ambiguity & Uncomfortable Truths | 11/30/2022 “Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #03”

Irregular Inquires — ‘Let None Deceive Another’

‘Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state.’ from the metta sutta Does this line in the metta Sutta — ‘Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state.’ — mean action should be taken (to prevent deception)? If so, how and to what extent? (Deception often happens as protectionContinue reading “Irregular Inquires — ‘Let None Deceive Another’”

Wisdom Snippets: The Four Brahmaviharas For Each Of The Four Noble Truths

I’ve seen and heard various other Buddhist teachings matching up with the Four Noble Truths [and if I remember any to significant degree and/or come across them again perhaps I’ll add them here] but it occurred to me the Four Sublime Abidings might also pair up with the Four Noble Truths:

Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 7

The Heart 1 of Prajna 3 Paramita 4 Sutra 2 Bodhisattva 5 Avalokiteshvara 6, while deeply immersed 7 in prajna paramita, clearly perceived the empty nature 8 of the five skandhas 9, and transcended all suffering. Shariputra 10! Form is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from form. Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. So it is with feeling, conception, volition, and consciousness. Shariputra! All dharmas 11 are empty in character; neitherContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 7”

The Pernicious English Language

I’ve been collecting and scribing English language peculiarities and observations for well over a year. After recently seeing the video below on twitter I feel it’s now time to publish and we’ll see how much material I tack on here later The Bigger Questions: Where does language even come from anyway? How are our wordContinue reading “The Pernicious English Language”