May 2017

The Reality is that Enlightenment is Simple, but My Ego Wants it to be Hard

By | 2017-05-27T09:12:24+00:00 May 27th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The American Buddhist|

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson   Enlightenment is one of the great mysteries of spiritual practice. Do we attain enlightenment or do we realize it? Is it a higher plane of existence or a deeper understanding of our ordinary existence? More importantly, how do you know if a teacher is truly enlightened? These are [...]

Leaning Toward Pure Land

By | 2017-05-10T07:51:11+00:00 May 10th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

I am loathe to judge others, but I suspect I am not alone here. My yana, my vehicle, had run out of gas. As a Buddhist, I could not abandon my destination, but I needed another ride. I found value in cultivating the four sublime states; that was a practice I could still embrace. [...]

I Hold Lineage but I Still Feel Weird Calling Myself a Priest

By | 2017-05-09T07:47:36+00:00 May 9th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Me, a lineage holder? How can I be trusted to spread the Caodong Ch'an lineage or any lineage? I'm supposed to set an example for other practitioners to follow. Me? I think I have more in common with Bukowski than Buddha, but that's probably just pretentious writer nonsense.   By Daniel Scharpenburg I [...]