Dharma Disclaimer


Dharma Disclaimer

It must be made clear that I am in not an empowered Buddhist teacher in any lineage. I have not received Dharma transmission. I do not hold any certification or credentials that authorize me to teach the Dharma or any meditation techniques. At the time of updating this page (03.06.2019), I have not received the precepts (jukai) or taken any formal Buddhist vows. My daily meditation practices have Buddhist origins but I make no claims of being a Buddhist myself.
At the end of the day I am just a religious studies and Buddhology nerd. I geek out on the nuts and bolts and the who, what, and where of any and all religious traditions. Please feel free to fact-check anything I say and verify it for yourself. I won't take it personally. 😜

My practice

My first real exposure to Buddhism was Zen Buddhism via Brad Warner who practices shikantaza which is associated with the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan. Zen and shikantaza-style zazen ("seated meditation") was the first Buddhist practice I engaged in. In all seriousness, it basically saved my life. Zazen provided a healthy coping mechanism for the first time in my life. After reading a couple of books about Zen (and practicing zazen for a while) I eventually became curious about the other two main sects of Japanese Zen (Rinzai and Ōbaku) as well as other forms of Buddhism, both inside and outside of Japan. I have dabbled in practices from other Buddhist traditions such as nembutsu ("mindfulness of the Buddha") and eventually stumbled into Ānāpānasati ("mindfulness of the breath") after reading Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry Rosenberg.

As of right now zazen and mettā meditation are my main practices.

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