One misunderstanding I have followed in my Buddhist life is to take the instruction “exchanging yourself for another” as a prescription for not attending to myself and my own needs. … Continue reading Radical Rest
Tag: Right Effort
Walking on the edge of effort and effortlessness
Where is the inter-being between effort and non-effort? Too much effort and we are tight and constrained. Too little effort and nothing happens. Pema Chodron has a wonderful phrase: “Not … Continue reading Walking on the edge of effort and effortlessness
Doing nothing but being the way things are.
I have been contemplating what “doing nothing” means. “Doing nothing” certainly goes against my achievement drive, or my idea of bettering myself, or my idea of attaining enlightenment. I know … Continue reading Doing nothing but being the way things are.
The Paramita of Enthusiasm
In early May, Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi came to Clouds in Water for a sesshin. On the 3rd night, he gave a spontaneous talk on enthusiasm during the last sitting … Continue reading The Paramita of Enthusiasm
Right Effort and Letting Go
In practice, we are always dealing with the tone and depth of our awareness. First, of course, is the question: are we aware of what’s going on at all? In … Continue reading Right Effort and Letting Go
Non-doing as Serenity
The serenity of non-doing First, one needs to understand the duality of effort and no-effort, or doing and non-doing. We can see how our unique personality presents itself. Do we … Continue reading Non-doing as Serenity