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 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:
- STREAM ENTRY
- THE PATH TO ONCE RETURNING
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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