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Saturday, January 11, 2003

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  • John Metzger
    Hopelessly lost, a businessman approached a local in a country village. Excuse me he said, Can you tell me the quickest way to York? The local scratched
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 12, 2003
      Hopelessly lost, a businessman approached a local in a country village.
      "Excuse me" he said, "Can you tell me the quickest way to York?"
      The local scratched his head and asked "Are you walking or driving?"
      "Driving" was the reply.
      "Hummm", mulled the local " Well I'd say that's definitely the quickest way."
      Dave Mason   LiveJournal

      David Hodges   LiveJournal
      I've been talking with a friend about Zen Seeing.

      This happens over and over to me. I go out for a walk with my camera. I come to a place (any place, in nature, or the city, a coffee shop, a street scene, whatever) and I stop there for a while. After a while I start to see in a way I didn't just moments before and soon an image reveals itself, which I snap with my camera. In that moment there is a heightened sense of awareness, but awareness operating on its own.

      Its that self-revealing that I am talking about. The image revealing itself to the camera.

      Thinley Norbu, in "Magic Dance", refers to "the pure nature of the manifestation of self-secret invisible wisdom display".
      You can't see that with your daily Eye.

      Self-revealing shows us that the Seer and the Seen are one.
      As a human being it means you're in the flow, you're doing what your supposed to be doing at that moment.

      Alan Watts said: "Such awareness is a lively attention to one's direct experience, to the world as immediately sensed, so as not to be misled by names and labels." He also said, "Zen is seeing reality directly, in its suchness. To see the world as it is concretely, undivided by categories and abstractions, one must certainly look at it with a mind which is not thinking---which is to say, forming symbols---about it."

      Sokei-An talks about five Eyes:
      The Physical Eye
      The Deva Eye
      The Wisdom eye
      The Dharma Eye
      The Buddha Eye

      What we're talking about here is the Wisdom Eye. The Deva eye is the one most of us use all the time. It is completely and profoundly infomred by our mental constructs. It is relative seeing. When we develop the Wisdom Eye, he says, "all differentiated human forms and the forms of nature will disappear from before your eyes and you will see only one form and one nature, which is emptiness" (Sokei-An, "The Zen Eye", p. 143)

      There are artists who see , there are poets who write and dancers who dance, with the Zen Eye of Wisdom.

      Sometimes when I am doing photography I have the Eye. When I don't it is painful, I experience it as a loss. The good news is, it isn't hard to get it back, with intention. When I am Seeing, everything flows. Same with writing.

      In my essay
      "Haiku and Empty Space", I referred to the Emptiness of this state (except it isn't a state, its reality). In that essay I quoted R.H Blyth's list of "the characteristics of the state of mind which the creation and appreciation of haiku demand":

      1. Selflessness.
      2. Loneliness.
      3. Grateful acceptance.
      4. Wordlessness.
      5. Non-intellectuality.
      6. Contradictoriness.
      7. Humour.
      8. Freedom.
      9. Non-morality.
      10. Simplicity.
      11. Materiality.
      12. Love.
      13. Courage.

      If you're in the Zen Eye, then you in all these as well.

       matthew files  NDS
      .......and a little bit of the eloquent Da Free John: 
      ............We chronically consider our individuation, our birth, our 
      mere bodily existence, to be a form of separation. We use events such 
      as coming out of the womb and the conflicts of childhood to elaborate 
      this fundamental philosophical point of view. The inherent 
      vulnerability of our apparently independent existence, even the most 
      primitive movements in the womb, as a kind of rejection. When we look 
      out into the universe we feel insulted, rejected, unloved. And so we 
      make philosophy out of our apparent independence.
              Thus, the primal event of suffereing is not some circumstance 
      that happens to us. It is not an event within our objective 
      experience. It is not some thing that we concieve to exist in 
      relation to us, or over against us. The primal event of suffering IS 
      us. Our suffering is not recognized as separation from something else 
      in particular. It is our own appearance, our own independent 
      existance, and we interpret this present event as separation on that 
      basis. That interpretation is our first philosophical gesture, the 
      first time we feel or say "you don't love me".
              Fundamentally, it is not our experiences in particular 
      relationships that tell us we are not loved. Some people surely do 
      not love us, but nonetheless we are simply, always  and already 
      philosophically disposed to believe that we are not loved. It is our 
      interpretation of existance, not on the basis of any relational 
      experiences we have had with other human beings, but on the basis of 
      our apparent independence itself. Our sense of independent bodily 
      existence means separation to us, whereas, you see, it is really only 
      the sense of independent bodily existence.
              If you ever can become truly strong-autonomous, able to take 
      a deep breath, then you stop interpreting the universe as a form of 
      rejection, as a great parent from whose company you have been 
      expelled, under whose dominion you live, who has rejected you and 
      does not love you. Everyone is simply born into the conventional 
      condition of independence and everyone interprets that condition 
      as "you don't love me".
             There is a fundamental disposition in us to be contracted in 
      our feeling. It is not really the result of experience, whatever our 
      experience. It may be reinforced in all kinds of social and other 
      chronic ways, but it is not the result of experience. It is the 
      presumption we make in the instant we recognize our functional 
      independence. Birth, or the recognition of one's independent 
      existence, is interpreted by us to be separation. It is interpreted 
      by us as an instant, proplonged through time, in which we are 
      essentially unloved. And all that interpretation is based on the 
      feeling that we are not sustained. In other words, independent 
      existence itself is felt as separation from the ultimate food source.

      Scott   GuruRatings
      quoted in 'Dialogues with Emerging Spiritual Teachers'

      The sensitive mother presents various preparations of fish to her
      hungry children -- plain and bland or rich and spicy, depending on
      their tastes and their powers of digestion.

      Meet as many adepts from various paths as you can. Love these
      persons, receive their initiations, and passionately practice their
      disciplines. But enter your own inner chamber of primordial
      awareness to enjoy selfless peace and delight.

      Everyone will attain God-consciousness and be liberated. Some receive
      their meal early in the morning, others at noon, still others not
      until evening. But none will go hungry. Without any exception, all
      living beings will eventually know their own true nature to be
      timeless awareness.

      Whether you follow the ideal of the Personal God or the impersonal
      Truth, you will certainly realize the One Reality, provided that you
      experience profound longing. The same cake tastes sweet from every

      Blessed is the soul who has known that all is one, that all jackals
      howl essentially alike.

      - Ramakrishna


      Suzan  truevision
      Dear Doug,

      I just can't get over the thought that I think you are so blessed to live
      in Illinois and to have had a governor like George Ryan.

      On Friday Governor Ryan pardoned 4 death row inmates and they were
      released from prison. CNN reported that their confessions had come after
      being tortured by the police. Today, he took an even more unprecidented
      step and commuted the sentences of all the other 183 (I think) to life in

      The Governor spoke at Northwestern University today and his comments and
      views very much reflect those of my buddy Abe Bonowitz who heads up the
      anti-death penalty section of Amnesty International. There are just too
      many very good reasons to be opposed to the death penalty and I won't go
      into them here.

      I have a t-shirt that says: I opposed the death penalty. Don't kill for
      me. Lots of people comment on this shirt but I think the only negative
      remarks I ever got were from my own friends. Their comments were that
      since we don't really believe in the existence of death what should we
      care? I'm sure even they would be singing a different tune if one of
      their family killed somebody or one of their family was brutally
      murdered. But that's not the point. I just wonder where in the world
      people's compassion is sometimes. To be indifferent to pain and
      suffering doesn't mean that people aren't out there suffering somewhere.

      I have worked in a prison for 18 years now. I feel so much compassion
      for all these criminals. They are just as human as anybody who isn't
      here. They deserve better than they get, I think. They deserve to be
      treated with respect and they seldom get that even. How can anybody
      possibly expect a person to treat them with respect without that person
      first treating the one they want respect from with respect? One
      statement that comes around here all the time is "there is no correction
      in the department of corrections" and it's absolutely true. The
      correctional officers are merely baby sitters.

      Anyway, it's a happy day for us "abolitionists." Another friend who is a
      meditation instructor visits a death row inmate and that man is due for
      execution very soon. And yet another friend just lost her inmate friend.
      It is certainly easier to hate people when you don't know them personally.

      Yesterday, when I saw those guys walk out of the prisons I saw something
      in their faces that lots of people might not have seen because I work in
      a prison and I know what kind of life these guys have. I saw well
      dressed black men carrying luggage. They certainly didn't look like
      inmates anymore. Voila! Instantly transformed for all those TV cameras!
      I saw the faces of men who had given up on the idea that justice existed
      and somehow they had been given another chance--a miracle. Tears flood
      my eyes now as it did yesterday.


      cornelius   meditationsocietyof america
      Summary of Nisargadatta Maharaj

      1. There is only One Substance.
      2. What you know about you came from outside of you, therefore
      discard it.
      3. Question everything, do not believe anything.
      4. In order to find out who you are, you must first find out who you
      are not.
      5. In order to let go of something, you must first know what it is.
      6. The experiencer is contained within the experience itself.
      7. Anything you think you are --you are NOT.
      8. Hold onto the I AM, let go of everything else.
      9. Anything you know about you cannot be.

      Stephen Wolinsky

      NDhighlights #1316
      Saturday, January 11, 2003
      Edited by John

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