Was Yoda based on this Buddhist master? A post on Lion’s Roar says he was.
Posts in the “zen” category
“The light that shines upon me shines upon my neighbor as well. In this way everything is connected to everything else.”
~ Detective Charlie Crews, Life
I wasn’t able to take any pictures of them, but last week we had some beautiful full Moon sunsets over the Rocky Mountains. Then I just came across this photo of the Moon and some mountains, with this “true emptiness” quote by Zen Master Seung Sahn. (The image comes from this link.)
In Jason Quinn’s Inka Speech he describes “original nature” very clearly. When you find the mind before thinking, you find Zen.
In meditation practice you come to a point where you have to “let go.” It’s easy for me to do this at night, I’m usually tired and there isn’t any resistance, but it’s 1,000 times harder during the day. I’ve done it a few times for brief periods and the experience is really remarkable, but I haven’t been able to sustain it yet. No telling what happens when I can sustain it.
I first posted this definition of the word “Namaste” in January 2015. As I think about some friends, I’m reminded of it today:
I honor the place in you
Where the entire universe resides.
I honor the place in you
Of love, of light, of truth, of peace.
I honor the place in you
Where if you are in that place in you and
I am in that place in me,
There is only one of us.
That namaste definition comes from the excellent book, Polishing the Mirror, by Ram Dass.
When I first started studying Zen and the Tao, I interpreted many of the quotes I read as “let things be just as they are.” For a while that led to me act as a doormat, letting other people do as they wished, in some cases even treating me poorly. I did that consciously, so even though I was acting like a wimp I didn’t feel like a wimp; I was just trying to practice what I was learning.
After a while I realized that was a wrong approach. Because I wasn’t demanding excellence at work, some employees weren’t performing up to their capabilities. Other people in my personal life were “using” me because they knew they could get away with it.
“When the ten thousand dharmas are without self, there are no delusion, no enlightenment, no buddhas, no creatures, and no death. The Buddha way transcends being and nonbeing.”
~ Zen Master Dogen (as seen on this page)
I really struggle with equanimity, so this is a nice discussion on equanimity vs indifference, by Jack Kornfield. It comes from this page on his website.
This lesson about “The Middle Way” is a favorite short story from the book, Zen Master Raven.
“If you want to understand all the Buddhas of the past, present and future, then you should view the nature of the universe as created by mind alone.”
I have often wondered how you should interpret this quote. This article titled, Created By Mind Alone, provides more hints on how to interpret it.
This is a poem by the seventeenth-century monk Yinyuan Longqi. I just saw it in this LionsRoar.com article about a Zen teacher who had a panic attack.
This is an interesting quote: “I practiced in the midst of a pounding heart, with crazy energy running through my body and a strong aversion to these feelings. In the midst of panic, I could feel that it was fundamentally a physical sensation of hyper-arousal and that if I allowed that energy to course, with attention and a minimum of aversion, something interesting happened.”
I was walking down the sidewalk last night, really trying to feel my surroundings — trying to be my surroundings — when in an instant I was one of the teenagers in a group walking in front of me. It was a flood of feelings and emotions that I haven’t felt in a long time, a mix of joy, curiosity, uncertainty, and more. It wasn’t overwhelming, but afterwards it felt like Neo’s “whoa.”
I don’t know how long it lasted, whether it was an instant or a few moments — it was one of those things where if you don’t think about it maybe it keeps going, but once you think about it, it’s over — but for that short period of time I was that other person. I have no idea what the body normally known as “me” did in that time. If the event had lasted longer it could have walked into a tree or onto the street for all my consciousness would have known.
This mindfulness/awareness thing is kinda trippy.
~ April 12, 2017 #LucidDream
“Eventually we develop a continuity of awareness that allows us to maintain full awareness during dream as well as in waking life.”
~ from the book, The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep
When my dog Zeus was alive, he'd join me while I was meditating. That's what this photo reminds me of.
I like this description of the proper mindfulness technique:
“Not judging what you see, not considering it good or bad, just seeing what you see, with interest ... staking out your inner experience, like a wildlife photographer in an exotic location, waiting for the moment to snap.”
I don’t know who the speaker is, but I heard that on a Buddhify recording.
~ a note from April 9, 2015
The CliffsNotes of my favorite meditation instruction for beginners is:
Sit as usual, then ~ every 4 seconds say “hear” or “calm,” depending on whether you hear thoughts in your mind, or not.
That comes from Core 1, Lesson 8 of the Brightmind app, which is now free for a year.