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2012/12/14 Leave a comment
I asked my 4-year-old daughter the other day:
“Does a tree still make a sound when it falls if
there is no one there to hear it?”
“No”, she said.
“Why not”? I asked.
“Because it doesn’t have a smile.”
The pure simplicity of children, the unadulterated illogic…
They don’t need ‘thought’… - they have their truth without question.
2012/12/08 5 Comments
“Life” is a concept.
We were never born.
We die like wind and live like water.
Our life is the eternal play of form…
There is this Zen story:
The disciple tells the master ” I do not exist”.
In that very second the master harshly punches
the young man in the face asking him:
Is this punch real or not…?
So I ask you now:
Who is writing these words and who is not…?
Who understands them?…
2012/11/09 3 Comments
For the ones who don´t know:
A koan is a special kind of Zen riddle. Koans are not to be solved with the mundane, limited logical mind,
they are meant to suspend the intellect, to put it in a state of vacuum, out of which the secret totality of life can emerge.
A koan is indeed an opportunity to look deeply into one´s real nature, and “think” without thinking.
So let us consider this:
Your standpoint makes your perspective. My question to you is:
WHAT IS THE PERSPECTIVE OF NO STANDPOINT?
2012/10/04 Leave a comment
“Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” says Thich Nhat Hanh.
For sure, it sounds right and fair. But in order to see “the positive” we have to be aware of “the negative” as well. That´s indeed the most difficult part: we have to delve into the pit and see what darkness is about. Cause of we don´t take the trouble of comprehending thoroughly the psychology of “Evil”, our being “positive” is naught but the reiteration of the negative. Evil is running away from evil. In plain words, shunning wickedness, gives us a false sense of being positive, as this positiveness is escape – we still remain within the frame of the negative, being good, but evil…Look at most peoples´ life – good intentions, dire outcome.
The kind of “positiveness” I am talking about comes naturally by itself when Darkness has been understood and dealt with. We have to take the trouble of dealing all the way with opposites if we want to gain a clear vision.
Clear vision, that is, the real “Positive” is the derivative of “Transcendent”… and Transcendence is the middle point beyond opposites.
2012/09/19 Leave a comment
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”
2012/09/19 Leave a comment