The first article in 2019 i want to dedicate to the topic of enlightenment. What is enlightenment at all? Some people say its a state of bliss, no-thought, or something like that. I cannot agree on that point. Of course these states of inner silence, radiating, are really impressive and i tended to label it … Continue reading enlightenment? awakening? satori?
When we sit zazen we should drop all intentions. sure, the intention to get on the zafu (cushion) is needed. But when we sit down we let go everything. If we have certain intentions and expectations, we will become disturbed easily. Its like the angler waiting for the fish to bite. So its like we … Continue reading intentions.
Theres nothing holy nor unholy, we are the ones that give something a meaning or a value, and thats delusion. Its our own idea, or at least the doctrine of a collective. We think something is holy, sacred and others wont agree. And thats not because they are ignorant, we also are - we cling … Continue reading holiness and worshipping.
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.
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.
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 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.
In my last post i wrote that we respond to our perception. I want to go a little further into that matter today. If we say all we perceive is a reflection of our mind/conciousness, there is nothing to find thats not our mind. No matter where we go, how far we travel, we wont … Continue reading reflections of mind.
Once there was a meditator. He loved sitting on the cushion but he got annoyed by all the things that disturbed him. The noises of the traffic outside, his neighbours talking and listening to music, dogs barking... at least he closed his windows, shut the curtains and took his earplugs so no no one could … Continue reading the disturbed meditator or how perception works.
Today i want to write a bit about shikantaza. The meaning of shikantaza is something like "nothing but just sitting" and so is the method. Therefore we cannot speak of a real method nor an meditation that requires a certain action. With this words i could end this posting and recommend master dogens "zazengi" for … Continue reading shikantaza, just sitting.