Posts Tagged ‘zen’

1
Nov

5 Great Buddha Quotes

by adminadam in quotes

ONE — “Things are not what they seem. Nor are they otherwise. Deeds exist, but no doer can be found.”

What does he mean by ‘no doer’? This connects directly with the concept of no self; just as all other things, phenomena are transient, illusory, etc., so is the self. Actions are real in that they have an effect on people and produce certain outcomes (everything is interdependent), but the self that can look back on the action is already not the same self anymore, because of impermanence… Funny, isn’t it?

TWO — “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

To the extent that we have any self at all, it is that which stems from our thoughts — these are the bases of the words we speak and the actions we perform. And our thinking patterns largely determine the ways in which we view all the things that “happen to us”, from the biased, individual perspective that is. Perception is reality, basically.

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THREE — “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

We all have those days when one person’s unexpected kindness turns us around, snaps us out of the gloom, leads us to do a double-take on the stinky-rotten-nature of this ugly Monday morning, or whatever morning it happens to be. Lift each other up, people! One cookie may be enough…

FOUR — “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

Wait too long and the universe will find some way of getting you out of your house, out of your pajamas, and you very well may not like it. Attack the day, non-violently that is, be proactive and claim your fate — or else you’ll be letting it claim you. Perhaps with one of those new sloth-seeking anvils. Watch out!

FIVE — “When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”

(Looks at sky and laughs — “Ha HA!”)  … This quote is symbolic of the irony of realizing that enlightenment is nothing more than a direct experiencing of reality. And of course once you have done all the work needed to clear your mind of obstructions, it becomes exceedingly easy to maintain clarity. A perfect ‘enlightened’ experience is also a perfectly accurate experience of reality. How easy it is to ‘keep arriving’ once you get there…

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31
Oct

Ocean of Glass

by adminadam in home

there is nothing wrong according to the universe
the universe is – it just is.
no wrong can be filtered in or out;
the filtering is personal,
stemming from personal bias and the unfortunately habitual mind.
the root of perception, the root of reality as experienced
is in the mind.
and again, there is nothing wrong in the mind,
except that which is learned,
but which can be unlearned somehow.
how now?
unlearning is very unlike learning for the first time:
learning is busy, and energy-intensive,
unlearning is noticing what we have learned, crystallized,
and putting it up to the light to be examined
not to be picked apart, but to see how the light shines through it:
how opaque is the thing we have learned, which now we can objectively see?
unlearning is noticing:
the structures of the mind are nothing more than the waves of a slowly creeping, icy liquid ocean
impermanent, but seemingly ominous, seeming not to move.
and yet all these things that seem so solid, especially those that seem most solid, are corruptible, transient, creeping through time like the glass creeping down the cathedral pane, painfully slow, gravity constantly easing it downward…
unlearning is not a breaking of the glass, but a feel, for its subtle curvature, to grasp at where things are going, no more…
unlearning is calm and peaceful, reflection naturally healing, restoring energy, enlightening
like light shining through the pieces of this slowly shifting ocean made of glass,
the mind like an ocean made of glass.
the mind like an ocean made of glass.
the mind like an ocean made of glass.

18
Mar

Wu-Wei @ 6%

by adminadam in art, home, humor

Cute creatures rockin’ Wu-Wei the only way they know how… Watch and learn.

Go Wu-Wei, Enter and Become the Tao.

Wu-Wei Buddha Seal

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Wu-Wei Turtle Strut

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Wu-Wei Double Chin, no make that Triple...

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Wu-Wei Jaw Use

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Wu-Wei Tanning Turtle

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Wu-Wei Sun Salutation

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Wu-Wei Sasquatchin'

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Wu-Wei Amphibian-on-Alert

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Wu-Wei Turtle Train

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Wu-Wei Ninja Fox

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Wu-Wei Mohawk Rockin'

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Wu-Wei Lover's Plea -- "Don't leave me..."

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Wu-Wei Hot Chick

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Wu-Wei Honey Huntin'

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Wu-Wei Head Scratch

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Wu-Wei Frightened Froggy

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Wu-Wei Meeting of the Goats

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Wu-Wei Face Wash

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Wu-Wei Evening Yawn

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Wu-Wei Sprawled-Out Squirrel

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That is all for now… Until we reach 7% that is.
From: www.ellf.ru
Photographer: Sean Crane