the waves of your mind will settle



Look at this world and your life as patterns of waves in the One Substance. As these waves intersect they combine in most wondrous ways into forms. This is what we call ‘the world’, or ‘creation’, or ‘existence’ – and we are an integral part of it. Continue reading

genjo koan and the mind

Genjo Koan:

Actualizing the Fundamental point

By Zen Master Dogen Zenji

[My thoughts while contemplating these lines are below.]

“As all things are buddha-dharma, there is delusion and realization, practice, and birth and death, and there are buddhas and sentient beings.

As the myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death.

The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many and the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Continue reading

watch the flashing – Zen

My Comment:
I find another beautiful example of divine paradox in statements from two sages. One is Nisargadatta who says “You are without knowledge”, and the other is Shunryu Suzuki stating that If your mind is clear, true knowledge is already yours.” This seeming paradox is really only a different use of the term ‘knowledge’ within the context of these different, though closely related and complementary teachings. Nisargadatta speaks of knowledge as the sense of beingness, the “I Am”, and he speaks of this ‘knowledge’ as being a sort of overlay, a super-imposition, on the Absolute. This is due to the spontaneous “stirring of consciousness” that results in the sense of “I Am”. He uses the term ‘knowledge’ because only when consciousness stirs does the Absolute know Itself as consciousness. The statement “You are without knowledge” expresses the state of the Absolute, which has no awareness of Itself as the Absolute. We all are in actuality this Absolute that is in no way involved in all that happens in the domain of consciousness. When we allow ourselves to release our belief in the state of consciousness and “I Am” as our actual true nature, we are able to realize the Absolute as our true Self. We then realize that we never were born and do not die. We are not affected by all the forms that arise, exist for a while and then subside again within the realm of consciousness. A shift in our focus occurs such that we witness all that is happening in consciousness, but from the platform of the Absolute. Continue reading