Empty Mind?

Now that the elections, “the games“, are over we can settle down to our “zen -in- flesh”.  Be here now.  We all seem to be looking outside for some kind of peace.  We all want more and we are not really sure what that means.  Empty the mind?  Let’s explore.

Nov, 14 2016

The end of another year is fast approaching.  Or one might see it as another beginning.  It is blustery and the leaves are almost off all the trees.  The gardens are put to bed and the only weeding will be in my mind.

I find myself often in my mind creating or thinking about all that has been or is or is about to be.  Perhaps a bit of what could be is an impossibility and yet our existence has unlimited possibilities.

Although I sometimes see myself as alone with no one relating to the perspective of which I have come to live by, I also realize it is also my own doing.  People do show up who are searching for answers and they are wanting peace in this world of angst.  I share with them the Four Noble Truths.

“We’ll see that it’s because we are clinging to our various likes and dislikes.  We come to know that we are suffering because of our own actions.  We suffer because we ascribe to things.  So we say, know suffering, know the cause of suffering, know the freedom from suffering and know the way to this freedom.”   -Ajahn Chah

dukka, samudaya, nirodha, magga – four noble truths

The Path

The path is Magga: the way      KNOW FREEDOM from SUFFERING and KNOW THE WAY

Right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

The path to the CESSATION of SUFFERING & STRESS

One path – Four levels of refinement:

  1. STREAM ENTRY
  2. THE PATH TO ONCE RETURNING
  3. NON-RETURNING
  4. ARAHANTSHIP

Stay with the breath until you are aware of in-breath and out-breath.

“If the mind is at ease, if it’s at peace, it will be naturally aware.”   – Ajahn Chah

Do Not Take Up Anything at all, or think about gaining things.  Worldlings take up everything, every little experience is processed in their brains, through their senses, stimulating emotions, creating mental phenomenon. Use right mindfulness to watch the drama dhamma.  Each individual has a unique mental experience seeing what is there by relating from memories (incomplete experiences), grasping at emotional ownership.

To watch with an empty mind one will have a clearer understanding.

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American Collapse

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We are experiencing an epidemic, a social virus, rippling out into the masses.  The American way has become so habitual that we actually think we have to live this.  But when I see information about the Worst Counties to live in or read how Costa Rica’s Lifespan has risen above ours because they have healthcare, I wonder what is really the issue?

https://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-counties-to-live-in-america/

So we Americans argue about the government and our health care situation, meanwhile we are starting to die young.  If you read the article above by Umair Haque he will fill you in with some amazing truths that we Americans seem to be in denial about, so busy in our worlds, all seeming separate, like no one world touches the other and thence: business as usual.  In the second link one starts to think about statistics and poverty and an unbelievable amount of reality right here in our America. We have terrible poverty but it isn’t necessarily of money.  There is a huge poverty of empathy, of knowing we will be cared for. One friend comments that we are the Greatest Nation.  I think, “great at what?”, deceiving people?  Great at separating us more and more, a little revolution amongst the population.  For Zen students the most important thing is NOT to be dualistic.

Now I noticed that there have been some serious earthquakes.  A sort of “Butterfly Effect” happening on the planet from the shakiness right here in America.  A distraught teenager has a random shoot out and we Americans call him a “killer” while we argue amongst each other about guns.  We argue about everything.  We point the finger and take no responsibility.  Those with guns are ready to shoot the “bad guy” but who is the bad guy?  We argue about more security, more police, more army to ‘what?’, protect us?  But if we are more connected than we believe, not separate, not different, then it appears we are fighting with ourselves when we could be the protectors.

Food for thought.

Sri Nisargadatta says: “All is because you are.”

So, what about this American Collapse.  What is your piece in the puzzle?

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“What Child is This”

Christmas time again.  Arise and cease.  What child is this who lay to rest in the garbage bin?  What child is this who lay to rest on the street?

The only gift I hope to receive is love, compassion and understanding.  We are not separate and yet we have become incredibly so.  A friend recently told me about Adam in the garden naming everything.  Separating and differentiating.  And yet there is just this and only one light and its particles and waves.

What child is this?  I am the child

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In the song I say Ted Cruz is a “bro- friend”.  Guess that’s not true or it is simply part of the show.

Reminds me of junior high school when we had a different boyfriend every week.  Unfortunately the United States is hardly “united”.  I sense a comraderie of con artists, liars and biggots who guard their group even while in competition.  Somewhat like a fraternity these so called leaders are not concerned with all of humanity but of those only in the group.

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Opposition

In a world where media is wide spread and often pointing out opposition, we become confused and greatly opinionated.

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Opposition

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As long as we think that opposition exists we are blocking the way for a clearer vision. – Ernest Holmes

How can we change our minds when FEAR is the food we receive as those around us battle in opposition? Terrorists, liars, media, all feeding the FEAR.

Stephan Batchelor writes:

“Buddha awoke from the sleep of existential confusion.  So shocking and unexpected was this experience that he initially assumed that were he to speak of it no one would understand him.  A person who is asleep is either lost in deep unconsciousness or absorbed in a dream.  Metaphorically, this is how the Buddha must have seen both his previous self as well as everyone else he had known:  they either were blind to the questions of existence or sought consolation from them in metaphysical or religious fantasies.  His awakening, however, brought both the questions and their resolutions into vivid and unanticipated focus.”

-http://alexox.com/sangha/StephenBatchelor-BuddhismwithoutBeliefs.pdf

In a world where media is wide spread and often pointing out opposition, we become confused and greatly opinionated.  We are often afraid that if we were to speak of something from an awakened point of view not only would others not understand us, we may lose ourselves as we are constantly reminding ourselves who we are through our attachment to the opinions, the group, the gang. We are blinded.  We seek consolation from the fantasies, the delusions.

In your awakening, you also are able to see through a clearer vision.  It is not outside that the FEAR exists, but within the memory banks of our brains that evaluate every situation, every vision, every piece of reality and how the media has transformed it to manipulate you.

A good example is the evolution of Thanksgiving day.  When I was a young kid we all went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  The streets were empty of vehicles and the stores were all closed.  Now, it has gone from the day after, “Black Friday”, to shopping on Thanksgiving.  What are we giving thanks for?  Better deals?

If you are like me you already have too much stuff and not enough money. Fortunately, I am not a shopper but a creator and being this I can clearly see the misfortune of the majority who sees things in a blur.  We have become more concerned with what we wear than what we do for each other.  We have more gadgets that take us out of consciousness like a drug addiction and it moves so fast that we never see it all or understand it or get anything substantial from it. Our children are growing up with no understanding of the Present Moment as they have a natural ability to copy everything we do with expertise.  Many believe what the media tells us even if it is Donald Trump blowing it again with some crazy remark, no facts or mockery.  People believe in him.

The Buddhists call it the Dark Ages for a very good reason.  Everyone is in the dark, like a dream, absorbed in the word of the media.  Like this. Zoom Zoom

I am not in opposition with the delusions I see in our electronic devices or the devices themselves.  I see too clearly and it is this I am grateful for and strive to keep in tune with.  Seeing the opposition is the first step to clarity. Continue reading

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Let the Game Begin

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Like a Buddhist sand mandala, first you create beauty and then it is destroyed. Impermence

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Ready, Aim, Fire.

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I must be a bad shot…..missed Donald J Trumps beautiful face.008w 009w

What a great way to get your picture with one of the Richest men in America.

Whooo hoo!!

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