Posts Tagged ‘attachment’

The Zen Hostage

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I wonder if the word obsession is related to the latin word for hostage:- obses. It seems like it should be. Our attachments, vexations, let’s call them obsessions, certainly keep our minds hostage.

Desire, aversion and delusion (they spell dad) rooted in the ultimate ignorance of self are certainly vexing. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel humbled by them. And the fact that I truly know nothing keeps me pretty humble as well. As humble as anyone can be that is deluded by separation.

I do like the Buddha’s comment that “when you see that all forms are illusive and unreal, then you will begin to perceive your true nature.” My own life demonstrates just how importance that practise is, so I keep coming back it that. There’s a great podcast to this effect on Zencast by Ven. Thubten Dondrub.

So how to blend this with Zen huatou (related to a koan) practise. I’m still figuring this out. Perhaps it is in the choice of the correct huatou. I don’t know. I do like the pointer that the asking of the huatou must be non-dualistic, which I understand as with one’s whole being.

All I know is that paradoxically I must keep working at it. Right here, right now without working at it.

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Non-attachment, the basis of anger.

Friday, May 25th, 2007

I don’t know if I’ve written this down before, but it’s taken from The Vimalakirti Sutra.

Manjusri asked Vimalakirti, “What is the source of our body?”
“Craving and desire,” answered Vimalakirti.
“What is the source of craving and desire?”
“Delusion and particularization.”
“What is the source of delusion and particularization?”
“Topsy-turvy views.”
“What is the source of topsy-turvy views?”
“Non-attachment.”
“What is the source of non-attachment?”
“Non-attachment has no source, Manjusri. With non-attachment as basis, all Dharmas are established.”

It reminds me that anger arises out of non-attachment. A very liberating insight indeed. And it does seem to act as a palleative while dealing with one’s own psychic contents. And today is just one of those days.

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