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“Can’t you Theravadans ever just relax and just be?”

I was talking with a Zen Buddhist buddy last week, we were “breaking each others chops” about the differences between Theravada teachings, which I lean heavily on in my meditation practice, and Zen, the tradition of my heart techer, Thich Nhat Hanh. We talked about the differences and similarities of the two schools, and their […]

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Freedom from Buddha Nature

Concluding this week’s theme of iconoclasm and “outside the Buddha-box” insight, I offer this essay by one of my favorite dharma teachers, Thanissaro Bhikkhu.  The provocative title says it all: Freedom from Buddha Nature. What? A Buddhist teacher who says that there is no innate, inherent Buddha nature?  Isn’t that a cornerstone of  Buddhist teaching?  […]

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