Tag Archives: Zen

Letting Go of Spirituality

Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform Read more [...]

Fun Questions

The most essential question: 1.       Is there enough joy, love and peace in your life? Some others: 2.       In your most quiet moments, when you are quiet and there are no distractions, do you feel the unease within you? Is it obvious or is it subtle? Is it a lurching away from what is? 3.      What if happiness is your natural state, and all unhappiness is the pursuit of happiness? Is everything that you do, feel, think, and say an attempt to pursue happiness? Read more [...]

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 Living – The Hundredth Monkey and the Third Guy

The fun starts with the third guy, at about the one-minute mark. This is how wonderfulness spreads. It starts with one person, who the rest see as loony. Perhaps another joins in to mock. A third gets it. And then there is the celebration of being. Is there hope for humanity? Ken Keyes in the “Hundredth Monkey” details a hopeful phenomenon observed in Japanese monkeys. Monkeys love sweet potatoes. A young monkey had learned that a sweet potato tastes much better if she washed it in 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 [...]

“Cease to Cherish Opinion” – 6th Awakening is Simple book excerpt

“Cease to Cherish Opinion” When we have the insight we are not our thoughts, we do we not awaken instantly? It’s because we cling to concepts. Clinging to concepts is the biggest obstacle to awakening. It can be a very obvious or a very subtle obstacle. It shows up in many ways: Resistance to starting: “I will become emotion-less”, “I need to understand completely first”. “What will I be without thoughts?” “I am not ready.” “I will start tomorrow.” The resistance Read more [...]

Flow…In a Few Words

It's all about accessing our natural ability to be in flow. When we are in flow, living improves without effort on our part. Flow is happy, non-resitant living in the Now. It is so very natural that when we "arrive" it's hard to remember how or why we ever lived a life of struggle. Where is happiness to be found? We look for joy outside, in power, relationships, accumulation and many other things that make up living, when joy is already shining inside us. Consciousness, uncluttered with mind-stuff, Read more [...]

Flow…A Few More Words

Is flow the same as awakening? Yes. We can think of ourselves as varying degrees of consciousnesses and unconsciousness, dreaming and awakening, illusion and awareness, and resistance and flow. What are the obstacles to waking up to flow? The first obstacle is the deep identification to thought. We are so addicted to thinking that it is hard to see another possibility. Once we have this insight, another obstacle is that mind will look at awakening as it does everything else—something to Read more [...]