Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and willpower,
but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.
Don’t strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises in the body-mind
has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with, and become attached to it,
passing judgement upon it and ourselves? Continue reading
I love this story about Allen Ginsberg, frantically writing his crazy poems while meditating. The best ideas always seem to come when you’re doing something else, usually something that puts you into a mild trance and stops your mind from interrupting itself. Continue reading
This week Zoe is reading Jake Fades: a novel of impermanence by David Guy, about a Zen master who fixes bicycles and teaches meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The tale is told by Hank, his long-time student, and the aging Jake hopes that Hank will take over teaching from him. Commitment phobic Hank doesn’t feel ready to take on the responsibility, but Jake is starting to show signs of having Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading
“When you try to analyse who or what is experiencing your experience, don’t just settle for a quick superficial conclusion. As the Buddha said, in describing his process-oriented view of the world, ‘In hearing, there is just hearing, no hearer, and nothing heard; in seeing there is just seeing, no seer and nothing seen.’ Like the sound of a drum, which arises from the interplay between the stick beating on drum skin held together by wood and brackets, it’s all like echoes and reflections. Everything is in process. There is no sound somewhere waiting to be heard. Of course when the drum beats, we hear a sound, but sound is not a concrete entity, is it? Continue reading
This week Zoe is reading Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy, which explores the collective psychosis now gripping our culture and challenges us to look inside ourselves for answers. The name ‘wetiko’ comes from Native American cultures and refers to a spirit or wicked person who terrorises others through its evil acts. Wetiko is an archetype that arises from the collective unconscious, a psychic virus that represents the nightmare we’re all dreaming up together. Continue reading
This is a daily meditation practice from Tibetan Buddhism that can help you to focus your mind towards Nirvana and enlightenment. The four thoughts reflect on these areas:
- Your precious human existence
- Death, mortality, and impermanence
- The Law of Karma, or Cause and Effect
- The defects and shortcomings of samsara, including the eight kinds of problems you face and suffering
This is a perfect quote from Thich Nhat Hahn for the days ahead. The world is facing much uncertainty. The collective shadow is rising. Fear and hatred that has been buried for decades is erupting into the light – not because of failure, and not as punishment, but so we can heal the divisions between us. Together we can find a way to heal our world and the pain in our hearts – on both sides of the apparent divide. Embrace your suffering and it will reveal the way to peace… Continue reading
“One mystical state of consciousness allows us to see the totality of all that is and all that can be in one instant of time. I deliberately say see rather than know because it is not possible to know everything, but it is possible at least to perceive, in a unifying vision, the sum of all reality, all worlds in all universes. Many mystics have reported this exalted state of consciousness.
In this final part of the discussion between Wayne Teasdale and Ken Wilber they talk about what awareness actually is and how you move towards the realisation of what you already are. See part 1 here.