Noticing What Blinds Us
Daily Wisdom / Zen

Noticing What Blinds Us

Being this moment is who we are. In being the awakened life we are, our practice effort is noticing what blinds us. These blinders are self-centered emotion—thoughts interwoven in forms, conceptions, and sensations. Practice effort may be defined as labeling thoughts and being bodily present, as noticing strategies and experiencing, as koan practice, as breathing, … Continue reading

Impermanence is the Path
Daily Wisdom / Zen

Impermanence is the Path

In one of his most important essays, the great twelfth-century Japanese Zen master Dogen writes, “Impermanence is itself Buddha Nature.” This seems quite different from the classical Buddhist notion of impermanence, which emphasizes the loss side of the loss-change-renewal equation. For Dogen, impermanence isn’t a problem to be overcome with diligent effort on the path. … Continue reading