An Ornament of the Enlightened View of Samantabhadra
We are living in a paradoxical moment. We are technically more connected than at any other point in history, but our technological connectivity itself often leaves us feeling emotionally disconnected or isolated.
Taking authentic risks and making authentic choices can be terrifying—how can we put this fear of change into perspective?
The Drudgery of Daily Life
Twenty-first-century American workplaces are by and large false refuges. Rather than providing us with actual security, they simply keep our underlying unease quiet.
I pay homage to the benevolent root guru.
There are different explanations in the Buddhist texts on how these world systems come to cease. For example, Sūtra on the Meeting of the Father and Son states:
It’s hard to be a person. We all know that. Rarely, though, do we fully share such a disclosure with each other. We isolate ourselves, believing that the unease we feel is normal or that no one else feels it or that everyone else feels it and they just have better masks. This thinking keeps each of us feeling even more separate, isolated in silent discouragement or shame. We forget that honest self-disclosure keeps us in communion with each other.
The Great Chapter (Mahāvagga)
1. The Going Forth (Pabbajjā Sutta)
405. I will tell of the going forth,
how the One with Vision went forth,
how, while investigating,
he approved of the going forth.
406. “This home life is confinement,