Friday, February 15, 2013

You're already there.

The idea is this: you are already perfect.  You just can't see it.  You could be comfortable in your skin, but you are very likely hypnotized by society and your own Yammering Mind into thinking you should be doing something other than what you are doing. Your brain is trained by others not to see it.  In our "normal state," we are not paying attention to the Present Moment; instead, we worry about a slew of pointless things.  We are told, "you should be this, and you should be that! You should do this! You should do that!" That is the story we are told, and we internalize this story, and that story becomes our "self."

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Ten Fetters (Fetter #10)


There are Ten Fetters that keep us from getting our Zen on.  This is #10:

IGNORANCE:

Ignorance of what?

We don't have to memorize a bunch of Sutras and learn a bunch of Pali words and sit through a bunch of lectures.

There should be some studying.  But don't knock yourself out.  Slide into it all easy like.  You could meditate on the very first line of the Dhammapada for a week:
1. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
That alone is some rock-solid wisdom. There is some knowledge.  More knowledge, less ignorance.  There are 400+ verses like that, and the Dhammapada is just one of many, many lists.

Knowing that this kind of stuff exists, and basic knowledge of them, is enough.  There isn't going to be a quiz.  Even knowing a basic few names of a basic few lists and verses and teachings, the names of a few great teachers is enough.

Just get hold of a tiny piece of Dharma and contemplate it.  Hold it in your mind and examine it.  See if it makes sense. (It may very well not). At least:

Read Lao Tzu
Read the Dhammapada
Read the Bhagavad Gita