Travel Stories, Music, Photography, Medicine, Wanderlust through the eyes of a Himalayan Hermit..
Friday, April 16, 2010
When walking - walk. When sitting - sit. But don't wobble!
When asked how he disciplined himself in Zen, a master replied, "When hungry, I eat. When tired, I sleep."
The questioner responded in a surprise, "But that is what everyone does!"
"Not at all," replied the master, "Most people are constantly distracted from what they are doing."
We should try to live and appreciate every moment in complete awareness. Zen is not 'trying' to follow a certain way, it is just being what you are and doing what you do according to your true nature
WHAT IS ZEN?
"Lightning flashes, Sparks shower, In one blink of your eyes, You have missed seeing."
A Hindu story tells of a fish who asked of another fish: "I have always heard about the sea, but what is it? Where is it?"
The other fish replied: "You live, move and have your being the sea. The sea is within you and without you, and you are made of sea, and you will end in sea. The sea surrounds you as your own being."
So the only true answer to the question "What is Zen?" is the one that you find for yourself..
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Empty-handed I entered the world Barefoot I leave it. My coming, my going - Two simple happenings That got entangled.
- Kozan Ichikyo
Everyday life is the path.
Joshu asked Nansen: "What is the path?'"
Nansen said: "Everyday life is the path.'"
Joshu asked: "Can it be studied?"
Nansen said: "If you try to study, you will be far away from it.'"
Joshu asked: "If I do not study, how can I know it is the path?'"
Nansen said: "The path does not belong to the perception world, neither does it belong to the nonperception world. Cognition is a delusion and noncognition is senseless. If you want to reach the true path beyond doubt, place yourself in the same freedom as sky. You name it neither good nor not-good."