15186Re: Mindfullness meditation
- Jan 25, 2007Yo Daniel,
I enjoyed the "news" greatly. Thanks! And now
for something completely different.......
When we were still having classes (now on
sabbatical), we used to start class one with
the story about the pundit who came to visit
with a Zen master who instructed using the tea
ceremony. The pundit sits down and starts talking
and talking about all his insights into the
teachings of Buddha. He kept pontificating as
the Zen master put out the cups and saucers and
prepared the fire, water, tea, and the tea pot.
On and on went his discourse into the meaning
of this teaching and that teaching. After the tea
had brewed exactly as was appropriate, the Zen
master started pouring the tea into the pundit's
cup as the oration continued at its fevered pitch.
The cup filled, and as the master kept pouring,
the tea started to pour over the top of the cup.
The pundit noticed and alarmingly said "Master,
the cup is full!" And the master replied
"Exactly!" And the pundit realized that his mind,
as well as his cup, was full. And with that he
emptied and experienced Enlightenment. Thus the
saying"You can't fill a full cup". And with that as
a preamble, we would ask all of the students to
keep their cups empty when they came to class.
Mindfullness is pretty much an ongoing keeping
of an empty cup (mind). And if that happens, the
universe will fill it with much greater a treasure
than does the usual rehashing of the past and
fantasizing about the future that typically fills our
cup. So, one can simply take a walk and see what's
happening in the moment...but without the usual
mind chatter that judges, compares, and comments
on all and everything. And your cup will fill
with the sweetest tea you have ever tasted.
Peace and blessings,
"Daniel Bonekeeper" <bonekeeper@...> wrote:
> What exactly is mindfullness meditation ?
> What are its benefits ? How can I do it ?
> How you guys do it daily ?
> "Today, a young man tripping on LSD realized that all matter is merely
> energy condensed through a slow vibration, we are all one
> consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, life is only a dream,
> and we are all our own imagination. And now here's Tom with the
> weather. Tom?"
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