Enlightenment is Knowing That No One Does Anything

The following is an excerpt from the book The Seeking by Ramesh Balsekar. I found it very useful, so I offer it to you: My point is, how do you know what you are looking for is real? Real in phenomenal life. How do you know it is not an illusion?  And the answer to […]

Choosing the Most Level Place

Lots of times when I write a book, I end up writing stuff that’s good but doesn’t fit with the rest of the book. The following section was cut out of my forthcoming book Stop Hitting Yourself: And Other Lessons I Learned from the Zen Ethics of Time, Space, and Being. A lot of people […]

Mind vs. Consciousness

I got a question via email that went like this: I really enjoyed your talk yesterday on Dogen’s Mujo Seppo. Your speculation that perhaps the sun has some form of consciousness made me realize that I don’t really understand the difference between “mind” and “consciousness” in Zen, or if there even really is one, as it seems that “vijñana” […]

One Bright Pearl for Cedar Rapids

On Sunday February 21, 2021 at 9:45am Central Time I’ll be speaking online at the Cedar Rapids Zen Center. For information on how to join go to https://www.cedarrapidszencenter.org. Here’s what I’ll try to talk about. One of my favorite stories in Shobogenzo appears at the beginning of the essay called Ikka No Myoju, which is […]

Ultimate Understanding?

I received an email that said: I found video of an interview with your teacher Nishijima Roshi and I don’t understand it. In the video he says he arrived at the ultimate truth of Buddhism after studying for more than 60 years,  when he was 88 years old. What does he mean by that? I thought that he […]