Out beyond the ideas of right-doing or wrong-doing there is a field - I'll meet you there.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Children are primarily conditioned by the unexamined lives of their parents

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Practice with the Heart Sutra

Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. 

To know what the form of an entity is, engage with the entity until the experience of emptiness emerges.

To experience emptiness, engage with some entity until you know its form.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Memory, anxiety and the way out

It is essential to know what to do in any given situation, to understand its relationship to oneself completely. Until I respond to a situation skillfully, I will keep replaying it in memory whenever I have nothing in the present to do. Once a situation has been addressed, it will not arise unbidden in memory ever again. It is finished. 

This is the nature of memory.

Because thinking about past events where I didn't know what to do is painful, and this thinking is inevitable when I have nothing to do, I try to keep myself busy to reduce the need for painful introspection. The more our mode of living multiplies situations wherein we believe we are called to action, the more busy we require to keep ourselves to block out introspection. But keeping busy (typically) creates more opportunities for unskillful action, which increases the need for introspection, which increases the need to stay busy. 

This is the nature of anxiety.

To break the chain of anxiety, two things are needed. One, the wisdom to see (i) if anything needs to be done in any situation and (ii) what it is that one should do in that situation, if action is deemed necessary. Two, skill in some activity that does not generate opportunities for unskillful action, something that is sufficiently motivating to oneself and sufficiently benign in its effects on all. By the practice of wisdom and skill, the chain of memory and anxiety is broken.

This is the nature of the way out.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


I can do this


I can do

I can


Thursday, April 11, 2013


"Why am I?", asks the part of me that is
Of the part of me that isn't

Saturday, June 09, 2012


I find I still desire
That others hear
My story

It is a great bondage

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Post-industrial civilization (1932-2012). It was fun (for some) while it lasted. An immense interregnum of anxiety and sorrow will now follow. Let us all seek to comport ourselves with compassion in these dark days.

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I is a place-holder to prevent perpetual infinite regress. I is a marker on the road that ends in I not being.