sitting and the mind of profit.

what is the point of being concerned about rebirths or reincarnations? which intention is behind the dealing with these concepts? i think, in most cases, there is an egoic idea behind, we dont want to become reborn in worse conditions or realms like hells but in better realms or cease into nirvana after death - … Continue reading sitting and the mind of profit.

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Conditions, moods, thoughts and nirvana.

When we long for mind states, like a calm mind, a certain mood or satori-experiences we forget that there is no one that can manipulate our experiences that way. Its the atman-belief that makes us struggle, e.g. in meditation to reach a specific state. All dharmas are empty of an inherent self, everything that we … Continue reading Conditions, moods, thoughts and nirvana.

beliefs.

I think everyone that starts dealing with buddhism and start to walk the eightfold path has some ideas and a certain motivation. It may be to become enlightened, or to be afraid of a rebirth into worse conditions after death. Others maybe just want to gain certain skills with meditation or at least feel more … Continue reading beliefs.

dogen and zazen.

The last days i had some discussions about zazen and dogens understanding about it. So i tried to summarize important aspects and the essence that dogen wrote in different texts about the practice of zazen in this context. I excluded the recommended aspects of posture, procedure and circumstances. Therefore i used Zazengi, Fukanzazengi, Zazen-Yojiji and … Continue reading dogen and zazen.

makyo.

While sitting in meditation, all kind of conditions may arise. Thoughts, the ceasing of thoughts, dreaming, sensations... whatever. But also some kind of strange things may arise like hallucinations. So some people hear strange sounds, perceive odd body awareness like they shrink or grow, they feel like they start vibrating, floating, spinning and so on. … Continue reading makyo.

delusion.

Delusion or ignorance is one of the mind poisons, but what is delusion and what is not delusion? In any case is a believe delusion. Every concept we hold, every opinion. To say there is a self is delusion. To say there is no self is delusion also. The idea of stages, levels on the … Continue reading delusion.