Saturday, December 19, 2015

YET NONE OF US ARE HERE

I and the sky
And the stone
Are one —
yet none of us
Are here.

None of us
Are far away,
And none of us
Are near.

None of us
Will fade away
So none of us
Shall fear.

And none of us
Will stay this way
So all of us
Are dear.

None of us
Have ever been
Yet all of us
Appear.

So none of us
Are in the way,
So everything
Is clear.

I and the sky
And the stone
Are one —
yet none of us
Are here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Calm is a lack of seeking calm.

{book excerpt from Zen For Brains}

Wanting to be "more calm" is the reason one is not calm. Calm is a lack of seeking calm.  Calm is a lack of craving results and a lack of rejecting reality. Calm is acceptance.

Trying to "obtain" calmness, "Zen," quietness, satisfaction, contentment, mental continuity, stillness, stableness, or balance makes those things impossible to "obtain." Those things are side effects of lack of craving those things. Those things are side effects of lack of craving anything else.  Absence. Emptiness.

Remember: we aren't trying to obtain anything, and we aren't trying to avoid anything.

Wanting any result other than the Present Moment = Craving. Aversion means rejecting things as they are. Aversion is really an imprecise word that describes craving a result different from Circumstance.

The brain imagining a separate "you," creates duality. There is no separate anything.


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Friday, September 4, 2015

Short prayer:

Put aside all other things. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I have been informed...

"I have been informed that it's totally. wide. open."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Meditation

"Every facet, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you."

—Jack Kornfield, "The roots of Buddhist psychology"

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tiny Book Excerpt

Work hard—do what must be done. But you have already arrived at that imagined future. You are already "there."

"What's next," is always "what's now."  It has always been the final arrangement. You are in the final arrangement. You have always been in the final arrangement. Think about it: You are always at the last point in history. The entire universe, everything that has ever happened, has always led up to right now, and it will always lead up to This. Very. Moment.

--upcoming book

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

That thinking habit is a word habit.

Words grip the mind, if it is not vigilant. A mind not vigilant about the grip of absent-minded thought will be gripped by absent-minded thought.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It happens to contain humans.

"The universe" isn't some concept. It isn't just outer space, or the planet, it is everything, and that includes things very close to you. Like this book or gadget with which you are reading these words. The ground under your feet. The vibrating air thrumming your eardrums.

There is a universe. It happens to contain humans. You happen to be a temporary phenomenon in the universe. There is no separation.

{a little snippet from the new book in the works}

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Look without seeking. Observe without hunting. Observe.

Looking for a "path" to follow obscures reality, and reality is the non-existent path we must stop looking for. Then we look for a way to help us stop looking, and there we are again, looking for something else: some answer to keep us from looking for answers. Look without seeking. Observe without hunting. Observe. Don't seek, because there is nothing hiding. Nothing is out there hiding from you. Nothing is out there waiting for you to find it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Keep Ourselves Awake"

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden