#2668 - Monday, December 11,
2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"You must find your own way. Unless you find it
yourself, it will not be your own
way and will take you nowhere. Earnestly
live your truth as you have found it,
act on the little you have understood.
It is earnestness that will take you
through, not cleverness - your own or
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Meet your own self. Be with your own self,
listen to it, obey it, cherish it, keep
it in mind ceaselessly. You need no
other guide. As long as your urge for truth
affects your daily life, all is
well with you. Live your life without hurting
anybody. Harmlessness is a
most powerful form of Yoga and it will take you
speedily to your goal. This
is what I call nisarga yoga, the Natural yoga. It is the
art of living in
peace and harmony, in friendliness and love. The fruit of it is
uncaused and endless."
posted to A
Net of Jewels
The Buddha's teachings are unusual in
that they explain at great length the
nature of his enlightenment and the
types of meditative disciplines he used to
gain his insights. He left us a
road map to enlightenment. Indeed, his chief
motivation for teaching was to
lead others to the spiritual awakening he
experienced. Statements attributed
to the Buddha make it very clear that all
sentient beings have the capacity
to become Buddhas, and that his own
realizations occurred by practicing the
Dharma he taught. Over the past 2,500
years the Buddha's teachings have been
tested experientially by thousands of
the greatest sages of Asia. Many have
verified for themselves the Buddha's
words and have achieved the same
realizations he did.
--B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism from
the Ground Up
The Peace of Wild Things:
despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie
down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their
lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light.
For a time
I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.
A reader's contribution by Millie
What is the whole point of Zen
"what is the first patriarch's motive
coming from the west?"
see below. ;)
this is from
D.T.Suzuki in his introduction to:
"Zen in the Art of Archery"
Zen is the 'everyday mind,' as was
by Baso; this 'everyday mind' is no more than:
tired, eating when hungry."
As soon as we reflect, deliberate, and
the original unconsciousness is lost and a
interferes. We no longer eat while eating, we no
while sleeping. The arrow is off the
string but does not fly straight to the
does the target stand where it is. Calculation which
miscalculation sets in. The whole business of
archery goes the wrong way. The
mind betrays itself in every direction and every
Man is a thinking reed but his great works are done
he is not calculating and thinking. 'Childlikeness'
has to be restored with
long years of training in the art
of self-forgetfulness. When this is
attained, man thinks
yet he does not think. He thinks like the showers
down from the sky; he thinks like the wavew rolling on
he thinks like the stars illuminating the nightly
heavens; he thinks like the
green foliage shooting forth
in the relaxing spring breeze. Indeed, he is the
the ocean, the stars, the foliage.
When a man reaches this
stage of 'spiritual' development,
he is a Zen artist of life. He does not
need, like the painter,
a canvas, brushes, and paints; nor does he require,
the archer, the bow and arrow and target, and other
has his limbs, head, and other parts.
His Zen-life expresses itself by means
of all these 'tools'
which are important to its manifestation. His hands
feet are the brushes and the whole universe is the canvas
on which he
depicts his life for seventy, eighty, or even
Gosozen says: "Here is a man who, turning
the emptiness of space into a sheet
of paper, the waves
of the ocean into an inkwell, and Mount Sumeru into
brush, writes these five characters:
* so - shi - sai - rai - i.
such, I spread my zagu and make my profound bow."
One may well
"What does this fantastic pronouncement mean?
Why is a person who can
perform such a feat
considered worthy of the utmost respect?"
A Zen master
would perhaps answer,
"I eat when hungry, I sleep when tired."
If he is
nature-minded, he may say,
"It was fine yesterday and today it is
* so - shi - sai - rai - i
These five characters in
literally translated, mean:
"the first patriarch's motive for
coming from the west."
The theme is often taken up as a subject of *
It is the same as asking about the most essential
When this is understood, Zen is this body
posted by t.s. on Nonduality
At that time, the World Honored One,
wishing to clarify his meaning,
"Universal Vision, you should know
that the minds and bodies
all sentient beings are illusory.
The body is the union of the four
The nature of mind is reducible
to the [six] sensory
When the four elements are separated
from one another, who is
If one practices gradual
cultivation like this, all will
[The nature of Complete Enlightenment]
is umnoving and
pervades the dharmadhatu.
There is no contrivance, stopping,
things to be as they are,
annihilation, nor is there one
All Buddha worlds are like
flowers in the
Past, present and future are
Ultimately there is no coming or going.
The newly initiated
and sentient beings in the Late Age,
in their quest to enter
the Buddha Path,
should thus cultivate themselves."
Complete Enlightenment Sutra
posted by Bob O'Hearn on Garden