Tag Archives: Buddha

Zen – what it is

What's called Zen, which is C'han in Chinese tradition and Dhyan in Sanskrit, is no longer Zen once you call it Zen. This is the problem with words and thinking. I can only say this in words. And you can only understand the words, and the thoughts around these words. But these words and thoughts are only signposts, and not even good ones. Zen is a rather fashionable word these days. The ancients in India called it tathata. It means that-that, and connotes "what it is." Tat tvam asi, means That Read more [...]

Zen Rebellion

(A little break from posting the Awakening is Simple book excerpts...) 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, Read more [...]

Awareness Now – 4th Awakening is Simple book excerpt

Awareness Now Awareness Now, Effortless meditation, passive watchfulness, no-mind, True Meditation, formless meditation, natural being, flow—they’re all the same thing. True meditation is not a practice. It is being—just being, without the movement of becoming. It is Awareness. Just stop and look, just be, passively, without the effort of thinking and without the effort of becoming—this is true meditation. It doesn’t happen when we sit and “meditate.” It is a natural and easy state Read more [...]

Ripening – Are you ready to awaken? – 2nd ebook excerpt Awakening is Simple –

Ripening - Are you ready to awaken? - 2nd ebook excerpt from Awakening is Simple The greatest delusion is that you identify with the voice of thought in your head. You are not Mind. Suffering is created by thought and can only be experienced in thought. Most of us are at unease. We experience this as suffering, depression, anxiety, worry, doubt, futility, woe is me, what is life about, what is my purpose, why can’t I be happy, why am I not successful, why don’t things ever work out for me, Read more [...]

Awakening is Simple – FREE!! ebook excerpts

Gentle readers, I’m posting parts of the ebook Awakening is Simple. Over the next few days, I’ll post the following sections: Awakening is Simple / Ripening / Exit the World of Fear and Sadness / Awareness Now / Release / “Cease to Cherish Opinion” / Acceptance / Release Meditation / Metta / Presence / Close Read more [...]

The Paradox of Effort

Once there was a man who hated his own shadow. When he walked and found that his shadow was close behind him, he began to walk faster and faster. But the faster he moved, the closer his shadow came. So he ran like a madman.. and in the end, he dropped dead. Those who do not understand the Dao are just like the man who hated his shadow. It is actually very easy to be rid of one’s shadow — just rest under a tree. Just rest.” -Zhuang Zhou There’s a Zen story about an eager young monk Read more [...]