1. Right view
2. Right intention
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
The Noble Eightfold Path -By Bhikkhu BodhiDukkha, its origin, its cessation, and the way to its cessation-these are the Four Noble Truths, the "elephant's footprint" that contains within itself all the essential teachings of the Buddha. It might be risky to say that any one truth is more important than the others. since they all hang together in a very close integral unit. But if we were to single out one truth as the key to the whole Dhamma it would be the Fourth Noble Truths, the truth of the way, the way to the end of Dukkha. That is the Noble Eightfold Path, the path made up of the following eight factors divided into three larger groups;
wisdom1. right view
2. right intention
3. right speech
4. right action
5. right livelihood
6. right effort
7. right mindfulness
8. right concentration
Nonlocality describes the apparent ability of entangled objects to communicate and instantaneously know about each other’s state, even when separated by large distances (potentially even billions of light years). As if almost as if the universe at large instantaneously arranges its particles in anticipation of future events.
A Day in the Moment of a Modern Zen MonkZen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmi.
Hyon Gak Sunim
Zen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmitthenner, we see a Western Zen monk in his daily activities in the world: chanting, meditating, preparing breakfast, riding public transport, meeting with friends, even shaving his head -- from moment to moment, not attached to conceptual thinking, everything is Zen, which just means everything is "moment." The subject of this unusual film, Hyon Gak Sunim, allowed filmmakers to follow his daily living and teaching activities for a week as he met with students and organized his daily activities. Sunim is widely recognized as one of the most influential Zen monks in modern Korean Buddhist history, a graduate of Yale and Harvard who entered the monastic life in 1992 and has done over 20 years of intensive Zen training in the ancient Zen temples of Korea. His enlightenment was certified ("inka") in a public ceremony in 2001 by his teacher, the legendary Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004). Now based in the West, he wanders the world, teaching wherever invited.
Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.
The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed. As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then, she didn’t even thank you!”
“I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”
"Between the two poles of Expression and Supression, there
is a third option: Mere observation." -Doing Time Doing Vipassana
Suffering is the by-product of false ambition.
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It’s the quiet mind that produces the best insights. But it’s a challenge to take that sort of time off in the midst of a busy day. Here are three specific, quick and easy ways to build purposeful break time into your day.
It is taught that you should be grateful for the blessings that God has bestowed upon you. You should always be grateful for what there is, but don't forget that "God" couldn't have done it without YOU.
"Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind." - John Dewey
At any given moment, you are only an eyelid away from bliss.
The foot feels the foot when the foot feels the ground.
“There is no remainder in the mathematics of infinity. All life is one; therefore, there cannot be God and man, nor a universe and God. A god not in the world is a false god, and a world not in God is unreal. All things return to one, and one operates in all.” –Nyogen Senzaki
Mark no day for celebration of the past or ceremony for the future. Observe only this moment, in gratitude for the clarity and calm that arises.
“I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so.” –David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change from one form to another.
NO form of matter or energy is ever created or destroyed. The total amount of energy in the universe always remains the same. Energy can only change form. This is true with everything – Grosser forms of energy such as light and sound, as well as subtler forms of energy such as mental ideas and the life force inhabiting a human body.
The essence behind one's existence is subject to this fundamental law. The death of the physical body does not signify a destruction of that essence. Rather, death initiates a change in form.
A person's essence does not contain memories. Memory is tied to the body as a function of the brain. Chemicals stored within the brain correspond to the memories we have. It is these stored, chemical, vibratory patterns that make up our memories.
While a person's essence may be affected by the memories, the essence does not contain the memories. Memory is accumulated in the brain. When the body dies and deteriorates, the chemical patterns dissolve and the memory is gone.
The essence does not carry on memory of a previous lifetime. What it carries on is you. The essence accumulates residual vibrations and familiarities that come from experiences. For example, You may find yourself familiar with this or attracted to that, although you do not know why.
* Some have held the belief that when you re-incarnate, you wake up in your next lifetime having a memory of your prior life. But this cannot happen unless certain things take place and those particular things do not typically occur.
To reach clear understanding, do not use the common or conventional terms. Better to avoid words all together. But, if you must, use your own.
An atom only appears in a particular place when witnessed by a conscious observer. Without this witness, nothing specific or tangible ever happens. There is only a constant super-positioned whir of possibilities. No object exists outside of a relationship with a conscious observer. There is nothing to be seen without a watcher.
When any number of sub-atomic particles become physically joined together, an energetic bond is created; a connective relationship that continues unbroken forever. remains permanently bound forevermore. Even when separated by hundreds, thousands, millions of miles, this energetic bond connection remains intact so that if you do something to one, you affect the other in the same way, no matter how far apart they are.
When our universe was born, it exploded out of one, tiny particle approximately the size of a pea, from which came all of the bits of matter that make up the universe. What this tells us is that we are connected to the entire universe, and to each other. Human individuality does not, cannot exist. It is a delusion within our thinking, fabricated by our brain. The only thing that could ever be identified as individual is the entirety of all matter in one, the Universe as a whole. We are comprised of this matter. The original joining relationship bonded us all together forever the instant when that tiny little pea-sized particle exploded with the Big Bang.
This is the best we can do with the information our limited sense receptors are able to perceive and that our little human mind is able to comprehend. We simply don’t know what we can’t know.
In the same way that a sculptor reveals an image by removing stone, you must discard all concepts to reveal your pure self.
Found a buck on the sidewalk at East 56th & 3rd Ave about a quarter after 11 this morning.
Years ago...found 1 cowboy boot on the side of some lost highway. Was standing straight up, the boot. Waiting for the other, maybe.
Low through the trees,
Believe nothing you cannot verify for yourself, Son.