Renouncing The World: Nembutsu as Rebellion

People often think that renouncing the world means to turn away from the world as it is and live in personal bliss. However, renouncing the world has a different meaning to me, particularly in relation to the nembutsu. Though I accept the reality of the world, I renounce or reject the idea that it MUSTContinue reading “Renouncing The World: Nembutsu as Rebellion”

The Buddha in the Room: Training in the Context of Other-Power

In a recent conversation with some Dharma friends, a question about other-power and training arose. Sometimes it seems that training is an act of discipline that someone carries out through sheer will. However, how does that work in the context of other-power, where one relies on the Buddha? During the discussion, I gave the exampleContinue reading “The Buddha in the Room: Training in the Context of Other-Power”

Unwholesome Rupas

Over the past few weeks, protesters have removed several statues from their pedestals. One notable figure, Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star-Spangled Banner, was recently torn down in San Fransisco. Francis Scott Key was a local in Fredrick, Maryland, about 25 miles from my home of Hagerstown. Many landmarks and institutions around FrederickContinue reading “Unwholesome Rupas”

Acting Without Acting : Notes From A Queer Buddhist

I was born into my father’s white conservative evangelical worldview. I was expected to “be a man” like so many other boys. When he was alive, he attempted to police my thoughts through word and force so that I acted like a boy. There was one time when I mentioned that I liked the colorContinue reading “Acting Without Acting : Notes From A Queer Buddhist”

The Focus of Amida’s Grace

Often it’s said that the Amida is the Buddha of All Acceptance. The land of Sukhavati, where the Buddha abides, is open to every being. However, though the Buddha accepts and loves all, their ministry focuses on those who need them the most. Amidism is an recognition that not everyone is born into the perfectContinue reading “The Focus of Amida’s Grace”