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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” […]