today i got my new car. with the salesman i had the agreement to get four new all season tires for three hundred euros. the salesman obviously forgot this agreement and i had the chance to keep the money. indeed, thoughts like these came up but it seemed not right. i dont know if he … Continue reading honesty.
its quite hard to be aware of all that stuff coming up in the head in different situations in daily life. but the only way not to react and act on these thoughts is to see them, to be aware of them. i think it is essential to practise zazen daily, so you will recognize … Continue reading how to deal with bad thoughts.
in my experience, many people are unfriendly in daily life. it may be, because they have a bad day, or grew up like this, i dont know.. yesterday i was shopping. at the cashier one guy in front of me didnt greeted the cashier and did not even reply when the cashier wished some nice … Continue reading kindness.
in the prajnaparamitahrdaya-sutra there is some line: [...]form is not different from emptiness, and emptiness is not different from form. intellectually it is not very easy to understand and in my opinion its quite worthless to try to understand it with the intellect. the point is, that the thoughts, the mental structures, itself are empty. … Continue reading form and emptiness.
while some people say that enlightenment is sudden and others claim it is gradual, i would say its neither gradual nor sudden. in my view, i may be wrong, i would say that there is some great misunderstanding of the concept of enlightenment as some special state. the only thing i can say of this … Continue reading gradual or sudden enlightenment?
when we speak of me, what is this "me"? why do we feel seperate? gautama buddha identified the ego as a result of a bunch of some different elements, the five skandhas, so it has no core and is in its nature empty, shunyata. the five skandhas are the groups of form (matter, also the … Continue reading the five skandhas.
today i want to write about the three poisons, or the three unwholesome roots, that are the cause of suffer. the first poison is attachment or greed. i cling on anything or want to possess things. i am longing for something that i dont have yet. with attachment or greed there is a feeling that … Continue reading the three poisons.
what is enlightenment? some years ago, when i was searching for truth, i had some ideas what enlightenment is. there must be a never ending state of bliss, joy, where no problems come up. other people around me had the same imaginations of it. some days ago someone asked me about my opinion of some … Continue reading there is no enlightenment.
i think one of the most popular concepts in buddhism is the concept of rebirth. one of the goals seem to be to escape out of the samsara, the cycle of rebirth into nirvana. unless people wont be enlightened, they will be still reborn. and this might be the idea of some buddhist schools too. … Continue reading rebirth and reincarnation.
mushotoku means nothing to archive. its some state of mind where there is no longing for anything. so its the only condition to sit properly in zazen. without goal, not benefit-orientated. neither you expect anything out of zazen, nor zazen will give anything. the mind is unattatched to its appearing objects, so even if there … Continue reading mushotoku: there is nothing to archive.