Here is a nice little article at No Zen in the West about the tension between the personal and communal aspects of buddhist practice and how they play into the political sphere. I’ve observed a dangerous inclination for some zen

From this article: “The dharma is not an excuse to turn away from the suffering of the world, nor is it a sedative to get us comfortably through painful times. It is a powerful teaching that frees and strengthens us

Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage — By Shitou Xiqian (700-790) I’ve built a grass hut where there’s nothing of value. After eating, I relax and enjoy a nap. When it was completed, fresh weeds appeared. Now it’s been lived in

“What are you looking for in these lands of dependent transformation? The Buddha-Dharma is just so much waste paper to wipe off privy filth. The Buddha is a phantom body, the ancestors just old monks. The true Buddha has no