Posts Tagged ‘Diamond Sutra’

Meditation by sound

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Who seeks me by form,
Who seeks me by sound,
Perverted are his footsteps on the way;
For he cannot perceive the Tathagata.

The Diamond Sutra, The Buddha

There are a number of products out there that claim to work on the brain to produce deepened meditation or enlightenment. One came in my mailbox yesterday claiming Discover how to meditate deeper than a zen monk in just five minutes – without years of practice, or hours of boring meditation CDs – by using a secret shortcut you can’t find anywhere else. How do they promise to achieve this? Through sound. (more…)

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Taming the bull

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I guess if I were to have to make a call I’d say that I am taming the bull.  I’m reminded of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approach to body building; everytime the same routine, session in, session out. It’s not about making it interesting, it’s about getting the job done. And I’m reminded of something Gil Fronsdal once said; to paraphrase: that people think my talk was boring is a good thing. After all, what we’re pointing to is interesting not the pointing itself. But it seems we are making finer and finer distinctions until there are no distinctions at all.

So, this taming, seems to be about getting some distance on the mind; the kind of distance where thoughts are seen to be external, which is I guess glimpsing the bull. Perhaps distance should be called spaciousness. Thoughts arise within a much wider space than the thoughts themselves. And because of that distance there is a measure of control, which seems to be no control at all, because when there is control it is really thoughts controlling thoughts. Call this wider space presence. (more…)

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Zen before Buddha

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I love this picture, which I found on Master Kozen’s website. I like it because it is a reminder that elightenment has no culture, although it is a culture of the mind. I like it because it shows the continuity of the practise of zen, which afterall is just a type of meditation practise, known in Sanskrit as dhyana and in Mandarin as chan.

And in the Sanghata Sutra, he recounts to Sarvashura “…the Tathagata, Arhat, Perfect and Complete Buddha Dipankara arose in the world. At that time, at that moment, I was a brahmin youth named Megha.”

In the Diamond Sutra, the Buddha recounts to Subhuti, “I remember the infinitely remote past before Dipankara Buddha. There were 84,000 myriads of multimillions of Buddhas and to all these I made offerings.”

We don’t know how old humanity is, although some put the Mitochondrial Eve some 200,000 years ago. If we say there’s a Buddha every 2,000 years, that means there’s been 200 of them since Eve. How many countless dhyana masters have there been?

I find it inspiring.

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