As It Is

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From my earliest instruction in Buddhist meditation, this phrase, “As it is,” has been used in numerous contexts to describe a way of interpreting experience. It implies that all overlays, story, judgment, speculation about the future and interpretation of the … Continue reading

Real, But Not True

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The other day a friend of mine sent an email describing a gift he’d received for Christmas. He alleged it was a storied intoxicant, a well-known topic of experimentation, poetry and discourse, effective in small measures but dangerous in larger … Continue reading

Surrender

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  When you realize everything to be your own mind All that can be seen is empty, dharmakaya. One is not fettered by appearance, but by attachment. So cut your deluded attachment, heart-children! –Shabkar Tsokdrug Rangdrol, Flight of the Garuda   … Continue reading

The Two Truths: both/and…

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The Two Truths express the dual nature of all phenomena as both real and illusory, or empty. That is the defining premise of this blog. Everything appears to have substance: material reality as well as mental activity, sensation, emotion and … Continue reading