The second portion of the Diamond Sutra – Abridged and Reworded by M Todd Preface: Innumerable readings of this precious gift yield new insights – it is a book to be read for the duration of one’s life; a spiritual … Continue reading The Diamond Sutra; Volumes 16 – 32 (By Michael Todd)
The Diamond Sutra could stand alone as an entry into the most profound spiritual practice; those who read it – even disregarding other Sutra’s, are destined for enlightenment according to the Buddha. Buddhism and the spiritual descendants of it (most … Continue reading The “Diamond Sutra” – further abridged, for people with limited time. (Chapters 1-14)
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Love is a modular word – God is a concept based on that word. Continue reading God is love? How we construct God visually and verbally.
People seem to be quite open when you ask them to identify themselves, or their religion, by a name or an affiliation (Christian, Jewish, Protestant, Snake Handler, etc …) … Some people are self avowed “spiritual” people. My analysis of … Continue reading Don’t Assume “God is Love” – the limitations of constructing God.
A Single, Powerful Meditation Tip … Continue reading A Single, Powerful Meditation Tip …
I recently read an article in a Buddhist Periodical describing the stages of death. We die (if we die in a natural, systematic way, rather than instantly) in a systematic way – it’s not difficult to record it and research … Continue reading How we Die – How we can use Personality Theory to Understand it.
On Alienation There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation. Eugene Ionesco Premise: The satisfaction of the horror of alienation … Continue reading Alienation as the prime motivating force of all human behaviour.
The simple, 3 step process by which we willingly abandon bliss. Our first impulse, in dealings with others, is to think “they.” Initially, I was alone. My beliefs guided my actions – my construct of beliefs guided my overall view … Continue reading Part 1: The simple, 3 step process by which we willingly abandon bliss.
5 well known quotes and why they exemplify Zen philosophy Zen isn’t a religion; by it’s nature it’s empty. The goal is emptiness; emptiness of mind, emptiness of burden, emptiness of the elements of attachment and suffering. For this reason, I’m often flabbergasted at how long winded writers who portend to be writing “about Zen” are, on a subject that was always meant to be “transmitted”. That is, handed over through non-explicit means, non-verbal means. This makes Zen essentially untouchable in the traditional sense; you don’t “talk about Zen”. You don’t “discuss Zen philosophy” or “discuss what Meditation is.” … Continue reading 5 well known quotes and why they exemplify Zen philosophy