Blog Archives

Zen and Leonard Cohen

ZEN AND LEONARD COHEN LEONARD COHEN – My Zen Whisperer by John “Krishna” Bush I met Leonard again, looking like this, at two different week-long Zen sesshins with Sasaki Roshi in the early 80’s. Ram Dass and I traveled to

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

One Auspicious Night or The Ideal Lover of Solitude

The Bhaddekaratta Sutra 2 Translations. Taught by the Buddha in Jeta’s forest. Buddha said to his monks, ”Let me teach you how to know one single auspicious night…. “Let not a person revive the past Or on the future build

Posted in Buddhism

(Black Moon Bonus Story) ~ Gesar of Ling defeats Satham of Jang

I downloaded Douglas J Penick’s book The Brilliance of Naked Mind to my new Kindle (thanks, kids!) and this story was in the first few pages. It made my heart soar.   Gesar was a Warrior Hero of Tibet. This

Posted in Books and Literature, Buddhism, Uncategorized

The Monk Hanshan

(All images are of artwork from the MING DYNASTY) The Monk Hanshan (Deqing) was one of the most important Buddhist teachers in the Ming Dynasty. The Ming Dynasty in China stretched from the middle of the 14th Century to the

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

The Five Poisons and The Eight Worldly Concerns

”Learn to bear them patiently, as if they were mere echoes..” ~ Longchenpa In Buddhist psychology different types of mental affliction are categorised. These are the so-called mental poisons. In addition there are the eight worldly concerns, or those things that

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

The Unborn ~ Bankei Yotaku

Not angry when abused, not happy when praised, a great blockhead of the universe! Going along as circumstances carry me—north, south, east, west, without hiding my ugliness and clumsiness between heaven and earth. Zen Master Bankei Yotaku (1622-1693) Bankei built

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

Shabkar ~ Hints on Meditation

Shabkar (1781 – 1851) was a famous Tibetan hermit and yogi, who was particularly known for his advocacy of vegetarianism and an utterly simple life. His biography shows him going through very human struggles. Because he spends so much time

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized
Welcome to Somathread

"Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.'' ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Recent Posts
Follow somathread on
Blog Stats
  • 51,221 hits
''I am all pervasive. I am without any attributes, and without any form. I have neither attachment to the world, nor to liberation. I have no wishes for anything because I am everything, everywhere, every time, always in equilibrium. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.''