Author Archives: TheBuddhaWay

About TheBuddhaWay

An American Soto Zen practitioner.

The Wondrous Art of Giving Which is Beyond Giving

Give without thought of merit, for the sake of planting the seeds of liberation from karmic obstructions in others. Continue reading

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Zazen 101: Form & Formless Intention

Zazen is somewhat exacting in terms of form. It’s not easy to do full lotus with hands perched in the enlightenment mudra for 30, 45 minutes or an hour. And it’s also true that the physical posture alone with a certain focus on breathing does not equate to doing zazen. I’m going to make an argument in this post. That is that the intention of zazen, the Bodhisattva Vow, is formless, and as such makes zazen zazen. The form of it isn’t formless from the standpoint of reason, but the form of this special kind of intention is not really like other intentions…. Continue reading

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Meditation Corner: Zazen 101

This first class installment will focus on the basics, but will be holistic from the start in containing all the element of zazen. What it won’t focus on is the fine-tuning of doing better zazen, which will wait for later installments. Ready? Let’s dive in… Continue reading

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Nirvana by Chariot

How to get to Nirvana from wherever you are…by chariot. Continue reading

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Meditation Corner: UPDATE

Once there are are 30+ subscribers, I will release the 1st Meditation Corner class post on the blog. The open part of the blog will be almost strictly on Zazen meditation and is primarily aimed at beginners. This class will … Continue reading

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Join the Meditation Corner: New Blog Series

I will be attempting to conduct a class here via posts and comments. It may not be for everyone. I am addressing my efforts to those who feel that they may benefit. I ask only for the same respect for myself and those who engage here that the speaker would accord to him or her self. Continue reading

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How an Elephant Stumbles?

As conscientious criticism from sincere Buddhist practitioners ensues over editorial policy, ElephantJournal.com shuts off free article access to the public as a response (a sign is now thrown up stating that you’ll need to pay to read any article). What are we, the objectioning public, truly “missing” here? Continue reading

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