Andrew Olendzki | Insight Journal | BCBS: Do It!

Therīgāthā 118 karotha buddhasāsanaṃ, yaṃ katvā nānutappati. khippaṃ pādāni dhovitvā, ekamante nisīdatha. cetosamathamanuyuttā, karotha buddhasāsanaṃ Engage with the Buddha’s teaching! One who does so has no regrets. Quickly wipe the dust from your feet, And sit yourself down to one side. Practicing mental tranquility, —Engage with the Buddha’s teaching. Engage with the Buddha’s teaching The…

Andrew Olendzki | Insight Journal | BCBS: What’s Left of the True Teaching

samaṇassa ahū cintā pupphitamhi mahāvane ekaggassa nisinnassa pavivittassa jhāyino: [Thag 920] This thought occurred to the wanderer Who was seated, single minded, Among the flowers of the forest, Meditating in seclusion: aññathā lokanāthamhi tiṭṭhante purisuttame iriyaṃ āsi bhikkūhnaṃ aññathā dāni dissate. [Thag 921] Compared to when that best of men, The guide of all the…

Stephen Batchelor | Insight Journal | BCBS: After Buddhism | A New Idiom for a Pragmatic, Ethical Culture Based on the Teachings of Gotama

Stephen teaches courses on Buddhism and leads meditation retreats all over the world. He is a guiding teacher at Gaia House and translator and author of various books and articles including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil, and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Stephen’s new book, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma…

Guo Gu | Insight Journal | BCBS: Silent Illumination

“Silent Illumination,” or mozhao, is often associated with the Caodong (Jp. Soto) School of Chan (Jp. Zen), and specifically with master Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157). Never before had anyone articulated this teaching so clearly. Hongzhi was prompted to write about Silent Illumination because it was so misunderstood and unfairly criticized. He wished to show that Silent Illumination…

Christopher K. Germer | Insight Journal | Barre Center for Buddhist Studies: Mindfulness in Buddhism & Psychology

  Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. He taught Training Compassion: From the Buddha to Modern Psychology, with Mu Soeng,…