Category Archives: meditation

Daily practice

Zen Buddhism is very simple. I try to keep my mind still and free from wandering thoughts. I practice the following daily May all beings practice compassion May all beings have sympathetic joy for others May all beings live in … Continue reading

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Suffering – Dukkha

The Buddha taught that we live in a world of suffering.  Although dukkha has a much broader meaning than suffering:  Imperfection, impermanence, emptiness, unsatisfactoriness and insubstantiality all can be thought of as dukkha.  The Buddha said whatever is impermanent is … Continue reading

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Zen and Zen Buddhism

Zen to some means being totally lost in some activity. At such a time the person is not aware of self. In Zen Buddhism we sit and experience our true nature. The ego self which is always involved in clinging … Continue reading

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Beyond dualistic thinking.

We must give up dualistic thinking which clouds our mind-essence.  When we see our true mind essence we see the oneness of everything.  We see beyond oneness.  All things return to one.  What does the one return to?  That is … Continue reading

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Meditation to understand our mind

Listening to a talk on what meditation does for us. Helps us see into our vexations and to have a clear mind. It’s very important to learn the source of our desires and behavior that causes us suffering. I tend … Continue reading

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Touching the infinite

Zen teaches in many ways.  “Truth is just this.”  “Everything is mind.”  I’ve struggled meditating on these teachings along with many others.  But tonight I felt as though I had a genuine experience.  The wind was whistling as it blew … Continue reading

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What am I doing? Why am I doing it?

Was reading about how people hurry and scurry around and what it’s all about. For most people it’s about aquiring things and protecting self and possessions. So it’s really about selfish desire. Do you ask yourself ‘why am I doing … Continue reading

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Springwater Retreat

The first week of September I attended a seven day silent retreat at Springwater Retreat Center in Springwater, Ny.  The center was started by Toni Packer who had been a teacher at the Rochester Zen Center.  Toni had abandoned the … Continue reading

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Basic Meditation Instructions.

This is the way that I meditate.  There are many different ways to begin.  The difficulty for beginners is to stop the endless stream of thoughts that prevent the mind from becoming still. Meditation is about learning awareness. You want … Continue reading

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Haven’t been posting.  All thinking and writing just seems to be an interruption to the joy of experiencing no-self, self realization.  Even thinking of reading from the Lanka or the Diamond Sutra seems empty and I prefer to just turn … Continue reading

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