Many folks thrive on pointing the finger at things outside themselves...... in all directions except for where the problem really lies....... a favorite blaming place is religion......Quite frankly, organized religion is just filling an emptiness that folks feel when we have lost the inner sense of fullness. Pointing the finger of "who dunnit first" is… Continue reading Blaming Religion – a new fad
Ranting..... Have to ask myself this bunch of silly questions..... "Should we turn over the money changers tables?? "This is a cry for individual responsibility and autonomy............ started out asking these questions many moons ago, and still don't have a good answer after all these years ...... (well maybe we do have the answers, but… Continue reading A Rant on how messed up things are…..
Was reading an article about how some folks who practice "mindfulness" techniques actually end up having their "inner dialogue" getting louder and louder instead of quieting down, and having that "blah blah blah" get them down...... all those negative thoughts that "just won't shut off".(How in the world can we shut that damned thing off!)Gary… Continue reading Self-Inquiry – the De-constructor of our mental “Blah Blah Blah” – from the teachings of Gary Weber
Zen master -ObakuHuang Po, china d. 850. Studying the Way is just a figure of speech.In fact, the Tao is not something that can be studied.Study leads to the use of concepts,And when we cling to conceptsThe entire way is misunderstood.The Way is not something that exists separately from you,And it is not located anywhere… Continue reading On Finding Wisdom Beyond Discriminatory Thought – Huang Po & Dogen
"Faith is the bridge which carries us through moments of despair" What has faith come to mean for me? when i was young, the understanding of what faith meant to me, was akin to hunkering down, closing the eyes (in many cases closing to the voice of reason), clenching my teeth, and saying "i believe,… Continue reading Faith is……. (part 2)
"Faith is the bridge which carries us through moments of despair"When the light at the other end of the tunnel has not yet appeared, and there seems to be nothing but darkness........ realizing that "all things must pass".... realizing that "this darkness is simply a cloud floating past in the sky"...... this is faith.In the… Continue reading Faith is……..
I think, generally, we are looking for several things from our life. We all wish to experience satisfaction and peace of mind, we wish to be energized and have a sense of direction, we wish to feel balanced, and we wish to sense fullness and warmth. All else is “life contents”and comes and goes..... Instead… Continue reading How the Mind holds on to (clings to) clouds of dis-satisfaction
Excerpt: Zen as Embodiment (9) - Just Breathe! Zazen is correctly described as a practice of "body, breath and mind." All come to play in 'Just Sitting.' We have already discussed "dropping bodymind," so now let's talk about "dropping the breath." Some kinds of meditation practices emphasize doing something unusual with the breath, breathing with… Continue reading Breathing and Shikantaza
Our anchor.... is the root or grounding, deep inside ourselves, that provides safe harbour to us at all times, and especially in times of turmoil. It is our birthright, bestowed on us by Life (many see it as the breath of the Spirit of God). This root never leaves us nor forsakes us. This is… Continue reading Our Anchor
Be present..... be here, on the head of the moment..... be fully aware of the present surroundings and how they are flowing by.... don't need to make a bunch of assumptions.... don't need to reflect on what is happening.... there is always something new and wonderful occurring.... pay attention to what IS.... rely on your… Continue reading Be Present….. Attention Attention Attention