zen is the air never broken

December 18, 2014

Zen is very simple. Dishwashing time, just wash dishes; sitting time, just sit; driving time, just drive; talking time, just talk; walking time, just walk." That’s all. Not special. But that is very difficult. That is absolutes thinking. When you’re doing something, just do it. No opposites. No subject, no object. No inside, no outside. Outside and inside become one. That’s called absolutes.

It’s easy to talk about "When you’re doing something, just do it," but action is very difficult. Sitting: thinking, thinking, thinking. Chanting: also thinking, thinking. Bowing time: not so much, but some thinking, thinking, checking, checking mind appear. Then you have a problem.

But don’t hold. Thinking is OK. Checking is OK. Only holding is a problem. Don’t hold. Feeling coming, going, OK. Don’t hold. If your mind is not holding anything, it is clear like space. Clear like space means that sometimes clouds come, sometimes rain or lightning or airplane comes, or even a missile blows up, BOOM! World explodes, but the air is never broken. This space is never broken.
Yeah, other things are broken but this space is never changing.

Even if a nuclear bomb explodes, it doesn’t matter. Space is space. That mind is very important. If something in your mind explodes, then don’t hold it. Then it will disappear. Sometimes anger mind appears but soon disappears. But if you hold it, you have a problem. Appear, disappear, that’s OK. Don’t hold. Then it becomes wisdom. My anger mind becomes wisdom. My desire mind becomes wisdom. Everything becomes wisdom. That’s interesting, yeah? So don’t hold. That’s very important point.

~ Seung Sahn

this and that

December 17, 2014

If there is beauty, there must be ugliness;
If there is right, there must be wrong.
Wisdom and ignorance are complementary,
And illusion and enlightenment cannot be separated.
This is an old truth, don’t think it was discovered recently. “I want this, I want that”
Is nothing but foolishness.
I’ll tell you a secret –
All things are impermanent!

~ Ryokan

no birth and no death

November 15, 2014

Our greatest fear is that when we die we will become nothing. Many of us believe that our entire existence is only a life span beginning the moment we are born or conceived and ending the moment we die. We believe that we are born from nothing and when we die we become nothing.

And so we are filled with fear of annihilation. The Buddha has a very different understanding of our existence. It is the understanding that birth and death are notions. They are not real. The fact that we think they are true makes a powerful illusion that causes our suffering.

The Buddha taught that there is no birth; there is no death; there is no coming; there is no going; there is no same; there is no different; there is no permanent self; there is no annihilation. We only think there is.

When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear. It is a great relief. We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.

~ Thay


November 4, 2014

We forfeit our birthright when our mind moves outward to refer to any thing at all as the Truth; a belief, a book, another person, a god, a guru, the christ, or the buddha. Any referent whatsoever, any image or thought, any word, mantra or sacred verse, is a veil that shrouds the immediate perfection of Awareness.

There is a serenely glowing emptiness in the core of your heart. It is not any thing at all. It brings all-sufficient peace, and naturally infuses peace into the atmosphere. For lifetimes you sought to fill this glowing emptiness with something or someone else. Now is the end of that journey, and the beginning of Life.

The deepest meditation is just to allow that radiant space to Be, to Be its own silent explosion into boundlessness, causeless joy, and freedom. Then you will taste the Truth that needs to refer to nothing, because pure Existence already is a supreme bliss; and it is never diminished by lack, only by our attempt to impose something ‘more’ upon it.

Again and again return to this prayer, ‘There is nothing more.’

~ Fred LaMotte

every step

October 25, 2014

Breathing in and bringing the mind back to the body in the present moment is already liberation, liberation from the prison of the future and the past.

Learn the habit of being free! When we sit, we sit like a free person, light, happy, enjoying our body. When we walk, we walk like a free person; we do not allow the past and future, worry and regret, to hold us.

Every step is freedom, every step is nourishing, every step is healing, every step is joy. Flow like a river. Walking like that is a celebration of life.

Arrive in the here and now, arrive in the Kingdom of God, with every step.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Instead of asking ourselves, “How can I find security and happiness?” we could ask ourselves, “Can I touch the center of my pain? Can I sit with suffering, both yours and mine, without trying to make it go away? Can I stay present to the ache of loss or disgrace—disappointment in all its many forms—and let it open me?”

This is the trick.

~ Pema Chödrön

perfect sense

October 2, 2014

Some say my teaching is nonsense.

Others call it lofty but impractical.

But to those who have looked inside themselves,

this nonsense makes perfect sense.

And those who put it into practice

this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:

Simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and in thoughts,

you return to the source of being.

Patient with both friends and enemies

You accord with the way things are,

Compassionate towards yourself,

you reconcile all beings in the world.

~ Lao Tzu


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