A completely new perspective on living your life. There is a brand new way to look at problems which not only bring unexpected solutions, but allows us to enjoy whatever arises on the way. Based upon Zen wisdom and Zen koans, this new perspective puts an end to struggle, conflict and frustration on the spot. Instead we open new aspects of our being and realize that what we've been looking for is right here.
WHAT'S NEXT? ( LIFE'S INCREDIBLE OFFERINGS)
The question "What's Next?" is heard over and over. We finish one project and search for the next. Big changes take place in our life and we immediately dwell upon how we will go on, or what to do or say next. .A relationship ends and we're hungry for another. It may even seem as if there is nothing ahead for us. This can create deep despair, along with feelings of helplessness and failure.
As we live this way, we overlook and aren't aware of life's continuous offerings life presents. Each day we are being offered incredible moments, insight, and new opportunities. However, when we are lost in the search for what's next, we aren't available to see or receive what's being give to us right now. Zen practice turns this around, allowing us to see what's here, and what's next, every single moment.
We live our lives with the feeling that something important is missing. We may have had it for a little while, but right now, it's gone. So much of our time is then spent searching for what it is we're longing for. And even if we find it again, briefly, the sense of fullness doesn't last long. As we engage in Zen practice, though, a moment comes when we realize that Nothing can possibly be missing. Everything in the world is here. It's in front of our eyes, right here. It's only us, we do not see it, we're clouded by thought and strange hopes. When the veil lifts and we see the truth though, what joy at whatever appears.
THIS STEP WILL NOT COME AGAIN
We feel we are trapped in routines, doing the same thing again and again. So many things are repeated in our lives, including in our relationships. A sense of drudgery and boredom can take over our lives. Where is the joy, where is the fun? Am I doomed to repeat the same thing again and again? we ask. But Zen practice turns this all around. As we realize that each moment, each step is unique and different, it is clear to see that this step, this moment, this encounter, will not ever come again. It is completely unique and precious. Once the moment passes, it's gone. When we see this, we then pay full attention to what is happening, enter the moment or relationship completely, cherish it for what is is. Boredom an drudgery vanish and as a life of freshness takes place.
RETURN TO ME AND I WLL RETURN TO YOU
Where do we turn when in the midst of confusion, upset, noise or danger? When the Mad Mind starts to sing, it can seem as if the whole world turns around, leaving us upset, dislodged and unable to step forward. Many feel lost and lonely. At those times it appears as if we have nothing to hold onto. There's no clear direction or place to go. But Zen practice tell us otherwise. Zen shows us the place, always waiting for us .Filled with wisdom, guidance, strength and humor, it is our original home. And it always there, waiting for us, doors wide open, no questions asked. No one is kept out, everyone welcomed. Zen is the practice of constantly returning to this original home, day in and day out.
"WHEN HUNGRY I EAT, WHEN TIRED I SLEEP"
We look for sanity and balance all over the place, thinking there's something wrong with who we are right now. We think our everyday life, needs, and desires must be transcended, rejected, in order to become "enlightened". Beneath this is the fundamental idea that there is something wrong with us, just as we are. That life itself as we know it, is deficient, destructive, doesn't provide all we need. That idea itself causes so much of the pain we feel, the refusal to rejoice in the great gift we have been given. But the great teacher Rinzai, returned to the truth. He returned to each moment of his life as it was, embodied it, honored it and took appropriate action. He recognized his hunger, didn't run from it. He didn't cmopensate in a thousand ways. When he was hungry he ate, and that was enlightened action. Rinzai entered the great harmony directly, which is always right here wherever you go.
ZAZEN, THE SECERET PRACTICE OF LOVE
We have all kinds of ideas about what love is and wat it is not. Usually there's a very strong standard we live with, about whether or not we are loving. But as Rumi said, "A feeling here one minute and gone the next, cannot be called love." As we look into the simple, unadorned practice of Zen and actually practice it not only on the cushion, but in our lives, the true essence of love pervades all our relationships and all around us love blooms. Let's find out more about the practice of love, how simple and enjoyable it can be.
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I don’t know
Great talk! I am going to try and remember I just don’t know as my answer when there is no answer and be ok with it.
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