Intuition and Divination

There is something special about being able to deeply connect to the divine, to the spirit world. In both Zen Buddhism and Shamanism, there’s a belief in the unseen. You only have to look just one layer removed from everyday awareness to find the real of the spirits, devas and djinn, greater and lesser entities…

Bodhichitta and Fear

As a left end of the spectrum politically person, the recent Presidential Election has left me adrift. I’ve got all these swirling feelings in my heart and mind, and picking just one to nail down and work on is proving very difficult. I suppose the most prevalent emotion is fear. Which is ironic, because on…

Compassion as Path

One of the hallmarks of a well lived life is Compassion. A lot of people have very odd ideas about what compassion really is. People seem to feel that compassion means to forgive, to overlook problems, to treat people with kid gloves, to give in and give way and give up any sense of self…

Right View for Shamans

In Buddhism we have the Noble Eightfold Path, which lays out the steps needed to live a worthy life.  Taken as a whole, the Noble Eightfold Path is an entire system that explains and directs the practitioner in how to live their entire life. Shamanism has no centralized set of beliefs like the Noble Eightfold…

Zazen for Shamans

To sit zazen is to meditate on the nature of existence. For a shamanic practitioner, meditating on the nature of existence means working to get in touch with all the aspects and layers of reality. Zen teaches that the ultimate nature of reality is illusion, with reality being thing/no-thing beyond ordinary comprehension, available through the…