enlightenment

“Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace” alvin December 7, 2017 - 3:07pm

“Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace.”

~ Ram Dass in Polishing the Mirror, on what the Maharaji told him

Zen: Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. alvin November 10, 2017 - 1:44pm

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.”

Zen: Enlightenment may be for just an instant alvin September 30, 2017 - 4:02pm

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.

Shinzen Young on “Noting Gone” alvin August 27, 2017 - 8:35pm

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.

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

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 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.

“Little girl, don’t you go letting life harden your heart” alvin June 18, 2017 - 11:13am

“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.”

True self appears when we actively practice in the present moment alvin May 29, 2017 - 9:45am

“True self appears when we actively practice in the present moment, not waiting for enlightenment to appear in some special way.”

~ Les Kaye, Zen at Work