Zen Rebellion

(A little break from posting the Awakening is Simple book excerpts…)

Mythological Giants

Zen Rebellion: credit: René Ehrhardt

The problem with the human condition is the attachment to thought and fear.

We can’t get rid of thoughts or the ego–nor do we need to. Developing awareness—a passive watchfulness–helps us see through thoughts and beliefs and the ego.

The fear of separation is the root fear of all fears—and this fear is the cause of all that is insane—suffering, cruelty, violence, and the rest. In the absence of fear, there is only love, and we see it has always been there, waiting for us.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, releasing fear permanently is actually very easy.

It’s funny–awakening is about seeing through beliefs, and ironically, it is frequently the spiritual-minded who know this, and who firmly hold on to their own assumptions–that awakening is difficult, or it takes years of meditation, or specialized spiritual knowledge, or that people have to prepared, or that people have to suffer enough before they can awaken.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. -Buddha

Overturn the conventional spiritual assumptions.

Fear is easily released. Getting in the flow of awakening is simple. You don’t need to suffer or prepare or be ready or deserve it or earn your dues or meditate. You were ready the instant you created an ego, and you fully deserve happiness.

What do you think? Are you ready? Have you been trying to awaken? Do you believe awakening is for a select few?

6 thoughts on “Zen Rebellion

  1. positively present

    I want to be ready, but I can’t say for certain that I am. I believe that those who want to awaken, and who work to do so, can. I love the quote about working out your own salvation. It’s something that we all need to work on and recognize.

    positively present’s last blog post..happiness (is not) for sale!

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi positivelypresent,

      From what I’ve read of your blog, I would say you are ready. You write from a place of presence. We can’t say for certain because the mind is never certain. I was ready for many years before I realized I was ready. Start with release; that’s easier and has immediate benefits, and it makes awareness techniques, like meditation or being the passive watchfulness, much easier.


    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Srinivas,
      Thanks, and you’re absolutely right. Unemployment can be uncomfortable but it does help us re-examine our lives.


  2. Brenda

    Hi Kaushik
    Your writing is so inspiring. I give you credit for teaching me to release and be present. Today I learn that passive watchfulness is all it takes to be aware. You are a great teacher. Can you tell me about the photo above, and why it makes me feel uneasy? That guy looks like he could hurt someone!

    Brenda’s last blog post..Just Dance!

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Brenda,

      It’s feel wonderful when readers tell me they have been helped. Thank you for expressing it!

      I use wordpress for the website and it gives me the ability to search Flickr for photos that I can use. I searched for Zen Rebellion or something similar and this photo came up. I went to the photographer’s website and this is what he says: “One of 12 demon guardians of the entrances to The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok. The Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. ”

      It looks like the demon is doing a good job of guarding Buddha!


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