zen

Make a game of active meditation alvin July 16, 2017 - 9:13pm

The best advice I’ve gotten for practicing mindfulness meditation while not sitting in meditation – i.e., in active meditation – is to make something of a game of it. When I wash the dishes it’s like, “How deep can I get while I wash these dishes?” Or when talking to another person, you both put down the cellphones and think, “Okay, we’re both here right now, how much can we focus only on each other and be here in this moment while we talk? How deep can we go?”

I was reminded of this when I read this line recently: “Finally, I got it! The menial tasks I had been assigned to around the temple were meant to be an exercise in meditation. Whatever I was doing, my job was to try to stay in samadhi.”

(That quote comes from the book, The Science of Meditation.)

The day becomes something that happens within your meditation alvin July 13, 2017 - 7:22am

“You can meditate while talking to someone, while washing the dishes, while driving. As your experience grows, you eventually come to a point where you are so present that there is a kind of merging of inside and outside. When that happens, ‘focus’ becomes more than an extremely interesting and pleasant experience; it becomes a transformative experience.”

“Eventually a delicious figure-ground reversal takes place. In the beginning, meditation is something that happens within your day. Eventually, the day becomes something that happens within your meditation.”

~ From “The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

Your spirit, your consciousness, is always free alvin July 11, 2017 - 9:16am

“When you turn directly toward your own true nature, you discover that your spirit, your consciousness, is always free. With that discovery comes a wellbeing that manifests as joy.”

~ Jack Kornfield

When people feel disconnected, their worst impulses often come out alvin July 9, 2017 - 5:19pm

“When people feel connected to others, that brings out their best selves. When people feel disconnected, their worst impulses often come out.”

From an interview with a Zen priest, who also happens to be the director of analytics for Facebook’s News Feed.

Gone, gone, totally gone, totally completely gone alvin July 6, 2017 - 7:43am

“There is always a Netflix to your Blockbuster. Nothing is static. Keep learning, or face the consequences.”

That’s a good quote from this Twitter link. It reminds me of the text in The Heart Sutra that says, “Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha.” I read once that the first part of it can be translated as, “Gone, gone, totally gone, totally completely gone.” That reminds me of Blockbuster.

Seeking enlightenment? There is no door (cartoon) alvin July 6, 2017 - 7:14am

Seeking enlightenment? There is no door. There is no spoon, either. ;)

The secret of life: Live in the now alvin July 5, 2017 - 9:30am

“Live in the now.” From a favorite book by Eckhart Tolle, Guardians of Being.

The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works alvin July 4, 2017 - 9:27am

I just ordered The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young. I haven’t read it yet, but he’s someone that I trust implicitly, and the preview of the book looks like what I’d expect from him. Like me — but way ahead of me — he’s interested in the science of meditation.

The Meaning of Life, by Shinzen Young alvin July 4, 2017 - 7:49am

At the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference, Shinzen Young gave a talk about The Meaning of Life. I just found this image on my phone, and apparently the meaning is in there somewhere. :) The graphic was created by Kelly Kingman.

Zen Training: The three nen actions alvin July 4, 2017 - 7:40am

I’ll write more about this in the future, but for now, here’s a look at the three nen actions, as described in the excellent book, Zen Training.