December 8th is recognized as the day of Buddha’s enlightenment. Tonight that makes me think of this scene from Haven. :) (I’ll meditate more tomorrow.)
“Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace.”
~ Ram Dass in Polishing the Mirror, on what the Maharaji told him
Zen Wisdom: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
When I saw this just now it reminded me of the quote, “In enlightenment, death has no relevance to one's state of being.”
If you’re interested in the Land of Enlightenment, it can be important to know that when you read a story about a Zen monk gaining enlightenment, that enlightenment may be for just an instant, not a lifetime. (So don’t feel bad if your moment(s) didn’t last.) This 90-second video explains this.
“Noting Gone may lead to a spontaneous spirit of love and service (bodhicitta). As I’ve said, where sensory events go to is where they sensory events arise from. Gone points to the source of your own consciousness ... so Noting Gone can lead to a spontaneous sense of oneness with — and commitment to — all beings.”
From the book, The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young.
“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.”
Seeking enlightenment? There is no door. There is no spoon, either. ;)
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.
“When I was about six years old I received the essential bodhichitta teaching from an old woman sitting in the sun. I was walking by her house one day feeling lonely, unloved and mad, kicking anything I could find. Laughing, she said to me, ‘Little girl, don’t you go letting life harden your heart.’
Right there, I received this pith instruction: we can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.”