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.
to understand buddhism, we need to have a look at the three marks of existence. gautama buddha told: there is nothing permanent (anitya). everything comes and goes, will be born and die soon, is impermanent and changes. at least everything is conditioned. when we are honest, i think that is easy to understand. hence there … Continue reading three marks of existence.
shakyamuni buddha taught in the four noble truths: life is suffering (duhkha), there is a root of suffering, there is a possibility to go beyond suffering and the eightfold path is the way out of suffering. with the eightfold path there is some perfect guideline to align your life with the dharma. the eightfold path … Continue reading the eightfold path: the way to liberation.
hello folks, so, this is my first entry. how can i introduce this blog to you? first, all that i write here are just my personal experiences and my own sight of zen practise and buddhism in this context. you dont have to agree with me and i'd really appreciate to discuss with you guys … Continue reading my first entry.