A life of single-tasking

Zen teaches us to never multitask, always focus on just one thing at a time. We now have scientific evidence that multitasking doesn’t even exist. The brain cannot focus on more than one thing, so rather than multitasking we are actually “switch-tasking,” swapping the contents of our minds in and out at a rapid pace. This defeats our concentration and …

The discovery of Zen

The ancients found that thoughts are powerful things. They learned that good thoughts and bad are equally potent. Some of them were persistently curious enough to learn that when they re-positioned their thoughts, they could eliminate physical, as well as mental, intrusion. This took practice. They began to devote themselves to a system of meditation that cleared their thinking of …

The virtue of being useless

A certain carpenter was traveling with his helper when they came to a town where a giant oak tree filled the square. It was huge, with many limbs spreading out, and its shade covered the entire square. The helper was amazed at the potential lumber contained in this one tree but the carpenter passed it by with a mere glance. …

Since beginningless time …

“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door …