Archive for October, 2011

Practice the way as though saving your head from fire

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Ancestor Nagarjuna said: ‘The mind that fully sees into the uncertain world of birth and death is called the thought of enlightenment: bodhicitta. Thus if we maintain this mind, this mind can become the thought of enlightenment. Indeed, when you understand discontinuity, the notion of self does not come into being. Ideas of name and gain do not arise. Fearing the swift passage of the sunlight, practice the way as though saving your head from fire. Reflecting on this ephemeral life, make endeavor in the manner of Buddha raising his foot.’
Dogen

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Conclusion of the heart

Monday, October 17th, 2011

“Therefore, Sariputra, the Bodhisattva without mental impediments, without notions of attainment and non-attainment, abides in reliance upon Prajnaparamita. Without mental impediments, he is undisturbed. He has fearlessly transcended the false tendencies to crave for permanence, comfort, concept of self or delight. Thus Nirvana is attained.
The Heart Sutra

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Is thought destiny?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Thoughts don’t have to define reality. Thoughts arise spontaneously. So for me that’s not the point. We are more than our thoughts. It’s about what we pay attention to over what we’re controlling. Meditation as I practice it is about choosing to pay attention to the breath, by bringing the attention back to the breath when the mind wanders. When the mind wanders we gain a measure of insight into our attachments. By bringing the mind back we gain detachment. Attachments are like tentacles of consciousness. By not paying attention they wither and die. But in meditation and life we’re treating thoughts, as they are right here, as impermanent. Interestingly, there’s a gap of about 1/2 second or so it seems, depending on meditation practice, that occurs between the thought and the action. Beyond thinking there is your true nature.

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