Dhammapada


The Dhammapada (Pāli; Prakrit: धम्मपद Dhammapada) is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.

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The Buddha Mind

The Buddha Mind, unborn and marvelously illuminating, is like a bright mirror. A mirror reflects whatever is in front of it. It’s not deliberately trying to reflect things, but whatever comes before the mirror, its color and form are sure to appear. Likewise, when the object being reflected is removed, the mirror isn’t deliberately trying not to reflect it, but when it’s taken away it doesn’t appear in the mirror.

The Unborn Buddha Mind is just like this. It’s natural that you see and hear things, whatever they are, when you deliberately try to see and hear them; but when you see and hear things that you hadn’t originally anticipated seeing or hearing, it’s through the dynamic function of the Buddha Mind that every one of you has. That’s what’s meant by the Unborn Buddha Mind.

Zen master Bankei Yōtaku (1622-93)

Why you should explore solitude

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Silence and solitude are lost cultural phenomenons, spaces which needs to been explored and used. I am fascinated by silence and solitude. Fascinated by that what happens to the human spirit, its identity and personality, when the talking stops and ventures out into emptiness.

Some people are frightened of those who desire and aspire to be alone. For them solitude can be threatening and they recognize it as not social. They feel that someone who wants to be in solitude is somebody who does not take social responsibilities. Someone who does not conform to their standards. And so being unacceptable in social forms.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ― George S. Patton Jr.

But the truth is different. Someone who deliberately explores his live, who explores the world and the connection with it, in solitude, is someone who learns to be self dependent and will develop a strong self esteem. There is no number of friends, contacts or connections that can make you into a stronger independent person. Being in solitude will deeper consciousness of oneself and it will give an increased sense of freedom. Which will lead to an independent-minded, self thinking, reflective person. These qualities will make someone a valuable team player. Someone who can take social responsibilities, without being pressured by a herd mentality. Someone who feels free and independent of principle, or conscience. Someone who is not afraid to think different and use creativity to solve lifes issues. A person who is free from social peer pressure to conform and being able to think and act for himself, rather than be under the influence of group-think. This in contrary to those who conform. Those who need to consume more and more, and whose lives are influenced by group thinking and standardized.

“Sheep only need a single flock, but people need two: one to belong to and make them feel comfortable, and another to blame all of society’s problems on.” ― James Rozoff

I am part of society, have a family life and run a business, still I take my time to go away from all this. I spend regularly a few hours or a longer period in solitude. It helps to deal with social pressure, it helps to reorder the mind and it cleans the soul. I practice my solitude in running, especially on longer runs. Then I am several hours on my own and far away from everything. There, being mindful, being one with motion and breathing, there I find these powerful moments of solitude and stillness.

Try it, and feel what I mean. It can change your life.

Like a mirror

Our mind is like a mirror, which reflects the universe and we watch the reflection. We take these reflections for reality so that we become entranced, repelled or indifferent to them. In meditation, we observe that all these reflections are changing conditions. We begin to see them as objects rather than as a self, where as when we’re ignorant we tend to seek identity with them.

Our image reflected in meditation, reflected in The Mirror of Dharma, is a reflextion of truth. It is undistorted and shows us everything as it is. One can become aware of one’s true self by reflecting in The Mirror of Dharma and being in meditation.

Dead Man’s Zazen

While living, one sits up and lies not,
When dead, one lies and sits not;
A set of ill-smelling skeleton!
What is the use of toiling and moiling so?

When alive, one keeps sitting without lying down:
When dead, one lies down without sitting up.
In both cases, a set of stinking bones!

What has it to do with the great lesson of life?

A living man who sits and does not lie down,
A dead man who lies down and does not sit!
After all these are just dirty skeletons.

The perfect Way

The perfect Way (Tao) is without difficulty.
Save that it avoids picking and choosing.
Only when you stop liking and disliking
Will all be clearly understood.
A split hairs difference,
And heaven and earth are set apart!
If you want to get the plain truth,
Be not concerned with right and wrong.
The conflict between right and wrong is the sickness of the mind.