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Ouldn t act It doesn t mean we can t plan or think or believe or hold ideas It does mean that we don t have to be deceived by this or taken in by that For the awakened motivation has shifted The motive now is simply to be awake from moment to moment and to deal with very fresh and new situation as it arises We step into The Whole Sky Full of Stars each situation not knowing but with ouryes open to what s actually taking place We act from there Seeing The Metabaron each new moment as it arises creates action that is in accord with how things are now 153The French have a phrase la chose bien faite the thing well made the thing well done or the life well lived Zen practice goes to the heart of this same matter doing and living well doing and living fully doing and living our best Throughout most of our lives we re so caught up in this and that rushing through these wonderful distractions and stages that we don t or can t take the time to settle into the mellow light that s always there and to let freshness suffuse the frame Thus we miss this simple matter of just doing and living fully Actor Peter O Toole once told of receiving a coat he had sent to the cleaners It came back with a note pinned to the inside that read It distresses us to return work that is not perfect This to me is what it means to be fully human Not that we must be perfect or that we can bringverything to perfection or completion but rather that it is our concern that we do so This is precisely what Zen practice is about doing our best Whatever we re doing whether it be humble or grand we take care of it all in The New Hexagon each moment from beginning tond Thus we arrive at completion in ach moment 167We live through xperience not through description Though we want to share our A Ghostly Gig, A Lost Souls Short Story experiences with others we actually can t To share a sunset with someone there s no point in de scribing the sunset or debating about how best to describe it Just stand next to the person and watch the sun go down with out saying a word The ultimate failing of a teacher is to believe that what they tell their students is Truth When the student takes hold of that belief such a teacher will be incapable of taking it away and thus letting the student taste freedom Ultimately we need to abandon any notion that taking hold of some particular thing some particular idea belief ritual religion perspective form of dress or way of acting is going to bring us to Truth Finally we have to stop looking for something to save us something to stand under to identify with to improve us to make us whole We must abandon understanding and being understood As we do we can come into this moment fully alive and awake 172 173Don t believe me because you see me as your teacher Don t believe me because others do And don t believe anything because you ve read it in a bookither Don t put your faith in reports or tradition or hearsay or the authority of religious leaders or texts Don t rely on mere logic or inference or appearances or speculation Know for yourselves that certain things are unwholesome and wrong And when you do then give them up And when you know for yourselves that cer tain things are wholesome and good then accept them and follow them Another way of looking at this is through the Buddha s teach ing of avoiding of Wicked Bastard (Grim Bastards MC, extremes Don t be a hundred percent gullible don t be a hundred percent scornful and dismissiveither The Buddhadharma urges ach of us to be good skeptics in the classical Greek sense A good skeptic is slightly gullible willing to consider and xamine any गणदेवता evidence or argument be ing raised at least temporarily They neither swallow it whole nor reject it outright They continuously observe it test it andngage it with interest curiosity and openness To dismiss something as bunk before you Rules for a Happy Life examine it is the hallmark of a believer not a skeptic Those who won tven The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2018: Every Recipe From The Hit TV Show With Product Ratings and a Look Behind the Scenes examine something are operating out of an agenda are shut down to actualxperience and are so full of ideas that they can t see what s coming at them For them the world is structured and fixed and they re often caught up in their own form of bunk an insistence on dismissing and devaluing certain propositions or attitudes This is not skepticism but cynicism In order to cultivate a pure mind we need to set aside our personal agendas But this doesn t mean taking up the personal agenda of someone Royal Academy else a teacher forxample No true Dharma teachers would Two Pints ever direct you to follow their personal agenda In fact they really don t have much of a personal agenda regarding you Their only concern for you is that you awaken As my teacher used to say the final job of a teacher is to free the student of the teacher Many of us initially take up the religious life with a lot of high minded ideas about what we re going to accomplish But that s onlygo business as usual religious The Vintage Guide to Classical Music ego tism If we truly want to live the religious life we simply have to drop our agendasven our religious ones Only then can we begin to cultivate a mind of true goodness and compassion which comes out of a concern for the Whole As we live out of such a mind we become generous with no sense of giving or of making a sacrifice We become open with no sense of tolerance We become patient with no sense of putting up with anything We become compassionate with no sense of separation And we become wise with no sense of having to straighten anyone out 187 188One other point about authority no human being or institution ver authority than that granted by other human or institution ver has authority than that granted by other human This means you are the final authority in terms of whom you give credence to and how you live your life Turning over this authority to anyone lse is a kind of spiritual laziness You ll be disinclined to pay careful and critical attention to what s actually going on and you ll be left wide open to being manipulated misled and scammed The Buddha recognized this and warned against it For in stance he told people not to make any images of him And people didn t at first You need to realize that you are Buddha Yet the we glorify and deify the man we call the Buddha the diffi cult it is for us to wake up After all if you make your teachers into gods how can you realize the Truth that you are fundamentally no different from them In the nd it comes down to this authority which is yours already rests only with direct xperience Ultimately there is no other place for you to look 194 195The time came when my friend realized Tippy had to be uthanized He went to get Tippy for the last time As he came into the room Tippy was too weak to lift her head though she tried But her tail started to wag She was happy to see her friend and master Even as she faced death she was serene Unlike animals we fool ourselves about death We think we know that we re going to die But death isn t something we can know as an idea What we call death is only something we imagine Real death Real anything is always right here right now It s not lurking somewhere off in the future It occurs it can only occur now Animals are not confused about this matter It is we with our complex thoughts who are confused we who whine about our condition We do this because we imagine Berkley Street Series Books 1-9: Haunted House and Ghost Stories Collection everything set apart from ourselves here and now But what you or I or anyone thinks doesn t belong to now It s not the Reality we actually live from moment to moment Birth and death occur right here right now Were we to awaken to this moment we d find nothing to complain about 206The awakened see Reality as it is They see thatnlightenment is nothing than not being deceived by the conceptual world Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery, each of us creates Consciousness splits the world into this and that and the next thing The most basic split of course is here I am and out there isverything lse But when we understand what consciousness is and how it functions we realize that our sense of self and other of subject and object is an illusion created by consciousness itself The nlightened person isn t taken in by such conceptual dualities Still it isn t that the illusion goes away The illusion still appears but it s seen for what it is an illusion And this seeing is utterly liberating As the Buddha put it Just as a man steps upon a serpent and shudders in fear but then looks down and notices that it s only a rope so it was that one day I realized that what I was calling I cannot be found and all fear and anxiety vanished with my mistake But what Daddy Dearest exactly has changed In a sense nothing The rope is still there the foot is still there Butverything is seen as mpty of self Thus with seeing the sense of I drops away We no longer have to get in there and manipulate or control Enlightened people don t suddenly disappear Neither do they suddenly forget how to at a meal or drive a car or take care of their children But they understand that they cannot hurt others without doing injury to themselves In the Premeditated Peppermint (Amish Candy Shop Mystery end what is understood is that this is all of one fabric 216 217Gradually however we can begin to appreciate what thexperience of smelling a rose actually Words Get in the Way entails It s of the nature of the mirror itself that is that the source of allxperience is Mind As such the act of smelling or seeing or hearing or touching or thinking literally has no location This non locality is the very ssence of Mind We naively think Mind conveys actual objects to us as though the objects themselves were Real Although they may appear this way no separate objects are ver created and conveyed to us In fact such an arrangement is uite literally impossible We know from physics for I Gave At The Office (A Sally Forth Collection) by Greg Howard (1994-03-01) example that the book you re holding and the. Dhism is Not What You Think is a clear direct andngaging guide to the most Tithing and Dominion essentiallements of spiritual inuiry attention intention honesty with oneself compassion and the desire to awaken A renowned Zen teacher Steve Hagen offers a valuable hands on gu. Buddhism is Not What You Think Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs by Steve HagenIn his clear and conversational style much as he did in Buddhism Plain and Simple Steven Hagen tackles what is a thorny issue for most people coming to Zen practice hoping to get ديوان محمود درويش - المجلد الأول enlightened feel blissed out by Nirvana or those who come to Zen practice hoping to get anything at all As he so simply states through 43 chapters there is no getting what all beings innately possess Buddha nature and no becoming what all beings already arenlightened Of course the idea that all beings are by nature Buddha is deceptively simple and jQuery for Dummies enlightenment is so bandied about that few people understand at all what the Buddha meant when he said he was awake Hence the prob If there s one thing Hagen has taught me it s that you can only get so far by reading Perhaps the best thing you ll get from his books is a sense that you ve readnough that you ve read it all before and it s time to just do it That doesn t speak well for his writing or does it Liked the tempo of this book This could have been interesting if he hadn t reiterated his only message on Mrs. Caliban every single page Instead it was just incredibly boringThe message is in the title don t bother reading the book Buddhism is REALLY not what I thoughtThe author beautifully sheds light what beingnlightened really is not You might be asking what it is then The answer is that is the wrong uestion to askHere are some key points I ve found most importantFirst thing first Buddhism is not a belief system a follower is not reuired to believe in anything supernatural Buddha was a human who found out that our suffering is caused by our craving to get happiness Imagine our life as a beach there are two types of waves flowing in towards us happy wave and unhappy wave For all our life we try to get wet in the happy wave and stay away from the unhappy wave We crave the happy wave so much that we do anything to get it and anything to get away from the unhappy wave And all our problems arise from this craving So instead of craving for this happy wave Buddhism suggests you to lay down on the beach and welcome any wave that comes to you and not to be botheredThe first rule is life is painful Face it don t run away from itThough this book debunked some important misconception of Buddhism it does not clearly suggest what the Buddhist way is It is a bit hard to follow at the beginning and I will not recommend it to complete beginners But it s much better read once you get some idea about Buddhism for this book to debunk One of the best ways to be introduced to the Dharma I prefer uites over reviews53According to Bodhidharma and to Zen if we make nlightenment or nlightened people into something special and set them apart from others and from ourselves we abuse them In the process we also abuse ourselves Thus Single Ladies enlightenment becomes remote otherworldly mysterious and seemingly virtually impossible to realize Zen is about freeing ourselves from such deluded thinking 57 58Try to nail down what anything is You can t It s like trying to answer the uestion Is that you in your baby picture What can you say You may say Yes that s me But obviously it is not You re not a baby But can you say No Who is it in the picture then And if you say That was me how could you still be you if you re six times bigger and far articulate Indeed what does you refer to And if you say It s both me and not me what can this mean Have youver seen anything that both is and isn t what it is And if it s neither you nor not you what are we The Overland Monthly, Vol. 60 even talking about If we really look carefully such simpleveryday uestions as these can set our minds spinning There s nothing absolute about our objects Cop Blocked (Too Hot to Handle Book 4) everven though we usually think there is We uietly assume a cup is a cup is a cup But where can we draw the line between the cup and How To Date Like a Courtesan everythinglse If you pay very close attention you ll see that you can t 68 69 The sound of the bell is inseparable from verything that came before and that will come after as well as from very thing that appears now This includes your The Management of International Joint Ventures eardrum which vibrates in response to it It includes the air which pulses with varying waves of pressure in response to it It includes the stick that strikes the bell It includes the metallurgists past and present and those who learned toxtract metal from ore and those who fashioned the bell And it includes that ancient furnace that supernova obliterated long ago in which this metal formed Remove any of these indeed remove anything at all and there can be no sound of the bell The sound of the bell is thus not the sound of the bell It is the By Bloods Decree entire Universe 75 76We can look deeper to an awareness characterized by Thoreau s famous uote In wildness is the preservation of the world In the city for better or worseverything is planned Every thing is put there for some purpose

For Good Or Ill 
good or ill or decoration Nature on the other hand is unintentional Nature doesn t try to do anything produce anything or accomplish anything Nevertheless nature does produce a great deal But nature produces things in a radically different way than human beings generally do Most human actions come out of our intentions our desires our attempts to bring about certain situations and our yearning to prevent other situations from occurring In contrast what nature produces is without purpose intention or will This is because there is nothing outside of nature for it to act on or for or againstSo I would modify Thoreau s words and say that in wild ness is not only the preservation of the world but the revelation of the world Often we imagine that there s some Particular Thing Or Entity God Say That thing or Entwined (Darkest London, entity God say that the world and that now runs it With such a notion in place we soon start talking about thisntity as if it had attributes like us as if it had wants and de sires We talk of the will of God Soon we re developing ideas of how people should comply with God s will But if we look carefully at this we ll discover that this is just our putting our ideas of God that is our will onto un willed nature onto Reality If we think of God or whatever overarching principle we might have in mind as being out there we should realize that all we are doing is projecting our own attitude our own view our own small mind on the world and on others The intention and will that we find surging within us which all too often govern our minds and justify our motivations for doing this or not doing that come about because we re locked up in our petty Liar, Liar egos because we forsake the Reality of the Whole We see ourselves separate and removed from the Whole and fromverything Nobodys Baby But Mine else out there Thus we feel compelled to do something about our situation which only furthers our discontent We feel we have to protect this well loved thing we call me or I And we also want to please this I creature And so we find ourselves filled with longing and loathing This is delusion It s what most often characterizes our minds We don t recognize that our way out of such sorrow is simply to see not to fix something out there 98Once this moment is seen for what it is there s no believing in a universe consisting of a tiny isolated you that is distantly viewingverything out there There s no need to protect and defend yourself against out there or to get American Eve earn or coax good things from it This is liberationnlightenment freedom of mind It s the very opposite of resignation it s the dissolution of the desire to get Knitting Knee-Highs everything you want or to do whatever you please You already have the capacity to see Truth right now You don t and can t get this capacity from another not from me from this book from Buddha or from anything or anyonelse How could you possibly get what you already have No one can pin you down no one can call you back Just as no one binds you no one blinds you 114 115To act or not act is not the real uestion For the awakened what comes first is simply being awake seeing what s going on And in seeing what s going on in this moment appropriate that is natural action can occur Kuei shan said Why interfere When we act out of see ing we are no longer interfering with the world instead we are operating the way the natural world operates out of the Whole out of Totality For the awakened the primary concern is simply to see what is taking place and to act in accord with it This is how the awakened differ from those of us who are caught up in delusion It s a very subtle uiet and gentle point but its implications are total Realizing this creates a complete transformation of heart and mind Enlightenment is nothing than this to be fully present to see the grasping nature of our own minds and not to act out of that grasping It s to see ourselves not as separate not as lacking not as in charge not as weak and helpless When we re no longer acting out of a sense of self out of our wants our fears our worries our obsessions we re no longer being driven by the compulsion to arrange It’ll Be Okay, And You Will Be Too everything in a way that feels comfortable and satisfying The truth is you ll never succeed at getting things arranged just so You ll never live happilyver after You ll never please and protect yourself for than a fleeting moment In fact if you look for it you ll never Being Chased (CEP, even put your finger on just what it is that you re trying to please and protect So why interfere If we look carefully at what s going on inach moment we ll see there s nothing we need to take hold of indeed there s nothing we can take hold of All of this doesn t mean that we can t or sh. “Hagan’s book will appeal to readers interested in what true Zen practice is supposed to be about beyond all the popular images and colorful stories” Robert M Pirsig New York Times bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance   Bud. Hand that holds it are reconstructed that is reborn moment after moment as a blur of rapidly moving molecules and atoms Iona, Tara, and Soissons eachxchanging Catalanes y escoceses: Unin y discordia electrons andnergy with other molecules and atoms at Heidis Guide to Four Letter Words enormous speed As a result in no two instants is there the same book or hand The whole picture reduces tonergy and movement Early Buddhist teachers who did not have the benefit of modern physics nevertheless recognized this as total thorough going impermanence Nothing whatsoever abides for a moment In The Science of a Loaf of Bread each instant we find a different picture a changed universe And why is the physical world this way Because this is the only way it can bexperienced It s a mental Spacewreck (Terran Trade Authority Handbook) experience Mind is the Source But I m not talking about our common idea of mind like your mind or my mind Your mind and my mind are justxamples of the mentally fabricated and labeled stuff such as this book the rose the fragrance and all the rest These all xhibit a reality we cannot deny yet if we think they are all there is to Reality we ve got it all backward The multitude of labeled things is not Reality but merely our interpretation our concepts of Reality 241 242It s only in our mental construction of the universe our conception of it that we ncounter something vast and By Royal Command enduring In our actualxperience however that is what we actually perceive rather than conceive of all we ver have is here and now Our xperience is always in the present We literally cannot Marketing Management (10th Edition) exist in the future or past only in the timeless moment of infinitely short duration that we call now We only remember the past and imagine the future but both of these activities necessarily occur now And where can youver possibly be but here Here we conceive of a there but you cannot actually go there No matter where you go you never leave here What we Gwyneth and the Thief experience as duration andxtension time and space results from the way Mind operates Consciousness produces them Indeed this is what consciousness is Consciousness is the division of this otherwise seamless Whole which transcends space and time into space and time that is into here and there then and now It s the various mental constructions that we hold and hold dear that appear as time and space Bobs World extension and duration These and all of the material world derive from consciousness which ladles out time and space from a timeless spaceless sea To the awakened however what is Real is this seamless boundless spaceless timeless Whole Thenlightened person sees that this Whole doesn t have any dimension apart from Mind I really like this book in fact I reread it this fall The concepts behind Buddhism are so Stolen (Bitten elegantly simple yet I find them difficult to absorb and digest I guess that s the challenge right Hagen writes in a clear and straightforward way illustrating major points of the religion withveryday Texas Tall examples to which the average Western reader can relate I find him to be an inspiring and thought provoking teacher and I would recommend this book as a good place to start if you are interested in Buddhism Simple and free flowing book Buddhism Is Not What You Think written by Steve Hagen talks about what reality is as per Zen Buddhism The author resonates one central point in thentire book and that is reality is about direct A Origem - Federações Interestelares experience of the real time than mere feelings and thoughts which happen to be in constant flux in conscious and subconscious level in human mindThrough various real lifexamples Hagen illustrates the point of perceiving awareness of the current instances that is taking place in the Tied with a Bow (Includes: Breeds, ever changing present moment The author tries to delve into ontological andpistemological dimensions by referring how masses or common people generally perceive realityIn the most articulate manner Hagen has been successful in bringing about the concept of understanding of mptiness impermanence and nonduality Very deftly he has been able to present the flaw of human mind that fabricates reality by past thoughts or xperiences in a way that we tend to accept them as actual reality which زمین سوخته essentially is not the caseThe book is interspersed with teachings of ancient Zen teachers some of them are Huang Po Shunryu Suzuku Suzuki Rosi Dogen Zenji Ju ching Hakuin Linji Rinzai Foyan Kuei shan Ts ao shan Nagarjuna Kanadeva Keinzan Jokin the second of the great founders of Zen sect in Japan had compiled stories of ancient Zen ancestors to name a fewI liked the way Hagen has spun his interpretation of Emily Dickinson s This Will Never Come Again and transactional interpretation of uantum mechanics in different sections under the third segment of the bookMy curiosity towards Zen Buddhism compelled me to buy this book and I find this bookxtremely helpful in ways of understanding the thought process of Zen Buddhists I njoyed it thoroughly recommended for those who want to take a dip into the thought ocean of Zen BuddhismI d also like to add some of the profound uotations that I came across while reading Nothing stands on its own Nothing has its own being Each thing is inseparable from and inter identical with all that it s not Thus perception is an objectless Awareness since when we just see what is truly seen involves not objects but the Whole Nothing actually forms as an object nothing stands apart No matter where we look there s just this We think there only has to be sound for there to be sound We overlook that there must also be silence for to be sound for there to be sound We overlook that there must also be silence for to be sound And because of sound there is silence Were there no sound how could there be silence What makes human life which is inseparable from this moment so precious is its fleeting nature And not that it
Doesn T Last But 
t last but it never returns again If it s Truth we re after we ll find that we cannot start with any assumptions or concepts whatsoever Instead we must approach the world with bare naked attention seeing it without any mental bias without concepts beliefs preconceptions presumptions or xpectations Whatever you hold to let it go Step into this moment Come back to just this It takes some Claimed for Destiny effort But come back come back come back to just this Just see what you ve been ignoring for so longThis is how Steve Hagennds this immensely comforting and insightful book I picked up this book during 2013 after some personal struggles that left me feeling a lot of things both physical and Life Sketches emotional none of which were comfortable or pleasant or things that I wanted to bexperiencing Earlier that year I d been to a training workshop on Acceptance and Commitment therapy and was inspired by it to learn about this alternative way of thinking where thoughts do not have precedence over our behaviour but are seen as something that can be heard and left behind if that is what would be most helpful in that moment and in the long term A major component of ACT is learning mindfulness skills Learning the ability to be aware of thoughts Incest Island emotions and body sensations for what they are Sitting with those feelings and really feeling them Instead of buying into our thoughts about them which is just the way our minds workWhen I don t feel well or happy I like to look at books They are comforting I like the musky smell They way the paper feels in my hand I like looking at words on paper This is what I was doing that day when I came across this book It was sitting on my parents bookshelves and I just picked it up took it to my room and decided to read itThis is not a feel good self improvement book was the first thing I read Which is just what I needed Because when bad things happen and you re miserable and you have zeronergy and you re in pain you don t want some douche bag telling you that life is 100 percent the choices you make and that you have the power to be who you want to be and achieve your wildest hopes and dreams And God fordbid that Rhonda Byrne comes along and tells you that you brought this all on yourself because you thought too negatively It s just not helpful It s saying you are in control and when you re life is out of control heavily dictated by circumstance or you feel blocked in with no where to turn You don t want someone to say it s all your choice You want someone to say life is shit sometimes and that s okay because it s the the way life really is That is reality This is reality This is what Steve Hagen told me He also told me that I am not my mind and that my mind is not me He told me that I am not separate from the world around me that the only certainty in life is change that Tempting the Bodyguard (Gamble Brothers, even the very molecules in my body completely change technically making me something different and yet I remain the same I am always changing from one moment to the next He told me thatvery moment is a new moment He told me that all we have is now That the future and the past do not xist xcept in our minds And he told me many things that were insightful and helpful and reflected what I already felt instinctively about life but had forgotten amid it all He also told me a lot of things that I did not know and I am grateful to him for thisSomewhere along the way I stopped reading it I think I was unwell and couldn t focus on it So I left it for a while And then I came back to it and I was glad that I had because just reading this book made me feel better about life It made me feel like life is okay And once I got through it all Once the moments I was having were filled with a strange thing called happiness it made me feel that life that reality is wonderful It made me feel that the very act of The Great Barrier Reef existing of being of this world ofxperiencing anything at all is a miracle. Idebook in which Death of a Community examples fromveryday life are presented alongside stories from Buddhist teachers past and present to banish misconceptions and inspire the newcomer and the knowledgeable practitioner alike Buddhism is Not What You Think it is both and les. ,

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