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Viktor Frankl May 24, 2009 7:45 AM

"If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering."

--Viktor Frankl 

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Dogen's Informal Talks cont'd May 02, 2009 10:30 AM

“Yet this is not urgent enough. You should examine both the mundane world and the Buddha realm. Tomorrow, or even in the next morning, you might become gravely ill, lose your senses, and suffer from great pain. You might suddenly be killed by a demon, or a robber, or an enemy. Truly nothing is for certain. Therefore in this transient world where the time of death is unpredictable, scheming to live forever or wasting your time plotting against others is quite stupid.

“The Buddhas spoke this truth to sentient beings. Ancestors expounded solely on this matter. I also speak of impermanence, the swift passage of time, and the urgency of birth and death. Do not ever forget this truth. Realize that you have just today, just this moment. You should concentrate your mind on the study of the way without wasting your time. If you do this, your practice becomes easy. To discuss the superiority or inferiority of your nature, the brilliance and slowness of learning, is not necessary.”

Dogen (1200-1253)  Excerpted from Enlightenment Unfolds: The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen - Kazuaki Tanahashi

Dogen speaks clearly of the mind that seeks the way with clarity and how to maintain the intensity of practice over time.  We couldn’t ask for a world of more distraction than the one we currently inhabit.  To maintain our commitment to practice over 50 or 60 years requires that we find a way to refresh ourselves daily; there is no formula that works for everyone.  We each find our own life koans to keep us awake.  And we are not in monasteries where the routine is set up for us, responsibilities provided, and practice times reliable.  One cornerstone of waking up is meditation and finding the strength of commitment to the Way to return to our practice daily.

However far we “stray” it is always good to remember

The key to cultivating the Way is knowing that your own mind is originally pure, that it is neither created nor destroyed, and that it is free of discrimination.  The mind whose nature is perfectly pure is your true teacher and superior to any of the Buddhas of the ten directions you might call upon.  Hung-jen

Every now and then we receive requests to create a recommended reading list, and you'll note, there has never been such a list on Daily Zen.  However, we do have readers who are friends of Daily Zen who have shared their own works with us, many of them wonderful books.  This month I'd like to take a few moments to share 3 books you might enjoy, each unique and worthy of attention.

First is a book that is like a breath of fresh air, a ray of sunshine in your face,
Fine Tuning by Jane Bernard
.  Open to any page, you can start anywhere, and jump right into a series of reflections with your Muse, an exploration into the source of creativity and inspired living.

Second is a delightful children's book great for the child in you
or any children you associate with. 
Jumping the Grate
 by Sharon Gia, is an inspiring adventure story with rich color illlustrations and a CD of songs to accompany the book.

Third is the most recent publication of

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Informal Talks - Dogen May 02, 2009 10:24 AM

This month we bring an Informal Talk from Dogen to build upon our recent readings. This talk begins with a question a student from any time or place could have asked. Join us in following Dogen's reply:

Informal Talk Dogen ( 1200-1253)

One day a student asked: “Although I have been studying the way for years, I haven’t been enlightened. The teachers of old have said: ‘Don’t depend on intelligence and learning.’ So I believe that even if I am slow and have little wisdom, I should not become discouraged. Is there anything to learn from the teachers of old about this?”

Dogen instructed: “You are right. Inherent intelligence or high capacity is not necessary. You should not depend on brilliance or smartness. Don’t exclude those who are very slow or less talented. It is a mistake, however, to say that for the true study you should be like a blind, deaf, or dumb person. The true study of the way should be easy. But even among hundreds and thousands of students in the assembly of the on teacher in Great Song China, those who genuinely attain the way and inherit dharma are only one or two. Therefore, we should keep the examples of the ancient masters in mind.

“I see that there are those who have the utmost aspiration and those who don’t. Those who have the utmost aspiration and study accordingly will not fail to attain the way. You should remember that how much you study and how fast you progress are secondary matters. The joyfully seeking mind is primary.

“Those who vow to steal a precious treasure, to defeat a powerful enemy, or to know a beautiful lady, will follow their intention and keep it in mind on each occasion under all circumstances while walking, standing, sitting, and lying down. Nothing is left unachieved with such a commitment. If you seek the way with genuine intention, as you practice just sitting, as you work on koans about ancient teachers, or face the teacher, then you can shoot a bird however high in the sky or catch a fish however deep in the water. But without arousing such a determined mind, how can you achieve the great matter of cutting off the transmigration of birth and death at the very moment the words ‘buddha way’ are uttered? Those who have such a determined mind will invariably be enlightened, whether or not they are less learned or are slow, whether or not they are dumb or unwholesome.

“Upon arousing this mind, you should reflect on the impermanence of the world. Impermanence is not something you merely visualize, or something you create and think about. Impermanence is the truth that is right in front of you. You need not study other people’s words or textual evidence on this matter. To be born in the morning and to die in the evening, not to see someone today whom you saw yesterday; the impermanence of life is in your eyes and ears. You should not see or hear it only in terms of others but apply it to your own self.

“Even if you hope to live for seventy or eighty years, in the end you are destined to die. You should regard your pleasure and sorrow, relationship, and attachment in worldly affairs as your enemy. To do so is the way to a fuller life. You should keep in mind the Buddha way alone and work for the bliss of nirvana. Especially those of you who are elderly or who are middle-aged, how many years do you have left? How can you be lax in your practice of the way?

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Equinox - Elana May 02, 2009 10:13 AM

Daily Zen As we approach the Equinox, which is a time of balance and change, we bring more teaching on the beginning and continuing of meditation.  We never get so far along in practice that we lose the need to return to the beginning.  In the beginning of practice we are introduced to that phrase called "beginner's mind" which so wonderfully captures that sense of discovery and freshness of new adventures.  What greater adventure can there truly be than that of exploring who we are, how to live a meaningful life, and what is "out there" vs "in here?"  However you voice your quest, the following reading can help you along your way:

Welcome to Spring/Fall and the changes to come.  New beginnings for those facing Spring; moving toward times of reflection for those welcoming Fall.

"Koan Practice and Shikantaza” reprinted from On Zen Practice by Hakuyu Taizan Maizumi.     Boston: Wisdom Publications 2009

Time to return to the beginning with Spring/Fall around the corner.  Many of you have asked for more instruction on beginning meditation.  Even for people who have practiced many years, we all remain beginners and can benefit from revisiting these principles.  There is a simplicity and straightforwardness in the above instructions that allow easy entry into the world of meditation.  We all get off on tangents in practice, and Yasutani Roshi helps us return to the basics here. 

To begin is one thing; to continue throughout one’s life, is quite another.  In our fast paced world it is rare to see people who can stay with a practice long enough to appreciate the benefits of meditation.  Meditation is like stepping out of one’s own time and life to enter a timeless experience of life. 

May my mind be clear,

May I live fearlessly

In the Mind of Readiness.

May I rely on nothing
Save Emptiness.

 Sitting into Spring/Fall,


Thank you Elana!

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 November 18, 2007 8:39 PM

 Serenity of spirit and love for all sentient creation are enjoined by the Buddha. He does not speak of sin, but only of ignorance and foolishness which could be cured by enlightenment and sympathy.              ~ Dr.S Radhakrisnan  [ send green star]
 July 04, 2007 10:29 PM

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 July 02, 2007 1:37 PM

I do not believe myself to be a helpless creature.... Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi ,  [ send green star]
 July 02, 2007 1:14 PM

"Health is a result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly." - A Course in Miracles  [ send green star]
 June 10, 2007 8:43 AM

In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem. George Carlin  [ send green star]
 May 29, 2007 9:43 PM

"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." -- Mary Pickford  [ send green star]
 May 21, 2007 12:16 PM

I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness. -- Dalai Lama  [ send green star]
 May 15, 2007 7:53 AM

"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?." ~ Dogen Zenji  [ send green star]
A Short Course in Zen March 09, 2007 10:50 AM

The mystery of life
is not a problem to
be solved,
but a reality
to be experienced.
~ Aart Van Der Leeuw ~
(quoted in The Soul Unearthed)
(left button to play, right button to save)

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 March 01, 2007 9:24 AM

"The ideal of how we should be is the most poisonous thing in the whole world.” - Charlotte Joko Beck

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 February 23, 2007 4:31 PM

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
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 February 23, 2007 11:43 AM

To return to your original state of being,
You must become a master of stillness.
Activity for health’s sake,
Never carried to the point of strain,
Must alternate with perfect stillness.
Sitting motionless as a rock,
Turn next to stillness of mind.
Close the gates of the senses.
Fix your mind upon one object or,
Even better, enter a state
Of objectless awareness.
Turn the mind in upon itself
And contemplate the inner radiance.

- Anonymous

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 February 22, 2007 10:06 AM

"This mind is always intrinsically round and bright, illuminating everywhere. People of the world don’t know it, and just recognize perception and cognition as mind. Drop perception and cognition, and the road to mind comes to an end. If you want to know the mind, it is not apart from perception and cognition; and yet original mind is not limited to perception and cognition either.”


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 February 22, 2007 10:04 AM

The natural, real Buddha nature is always inherently complete and luminous; it was thus before our parents gave birth to us, it is thus right now, and it will always be thus forever.

Ta-tu (17th century)

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 February 15, 2007 2:46 PM

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mohandas Gandhi  [ send green star]
 February 14, 2007 8:19 AM

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." .  [ send green star]
 February 13, 2007 4:17 AM


"To start from the self and try to understand all things is delusion. 

To let the self be awakened by all things is enlightenment." 

-- Dogen

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 February 12, 2007 2:13 PM

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. ~ Art Buchwald  [ send green star]
 January 28, 2007 7:45 AM

"We all want to go back to Nature, but no one wants to go on foot." .  [ send green star]
Here's my favorite bit from Carlin: January 14, 2007 12:52 PM

It's the old American double standard, you know say one thing and do something different. And of course the country is founded on the double standard, that's our history, we were founded on a very basic double standard. This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free. [laughter, applause] Am I right? A group of slave owners who wanted to be free. So they killed a lot of white English people, in order to continue owning their black African people, so they could wipe out the rest of the red Indian people, and move west and steal the rest of the land from the brown Mexican people, giving them a place to take off and drop their nuclear weapons on the yellow Japanese people. [laughter] You know what the motto of this country ought to be? You give us a color, we'll wipe it out! [laughter]

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I love George Carlin January 14, 2007 12:47 PM

He's a lot like me: very insane.

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 January 14, 2007 10:10 AM

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac. George Carlen  [ send green star]
nuff sed January 14, 2007 3:54 AM

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Yes! beautiful  [ send green star]
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 January 13, 2007 4:06 PM

The relationship between Radha and Krishna is the example of the highest and purest love, an indissoluble union of the highest intermingling and completion. Krishna represents the private life of the Absolute. In this relationship Love reigns supreme as Krishna surrenders to Radha. Krishna is lovestruck while Radha has taken over control. He has surrendered to the Power of Love. The supreme object of devotion, Krishna, worships the highest devotion, Radha. The zenith of Radha and Krishna's love affair is the circular dance of love which points to the highest potential of the soul.  [ send green star]
 January 13, 2007 3:21 PM

The most powerful thing in the world is love. The most powerful love in the world is love of God.  [ send green star]
 January 13, 2007 3:05 PM

Start the day with love,
Fill the day with love,
Spend the day with love,
End the day with love.
This is the way to God

Sathya Sai Baba

Wishing you all a peaceful day - tapas

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 January 13, 2007 7:28 AM

Yes! Very good, Tapas. Now you have understood.

Glad you are here helping me to understand that I understood myself!!! God you are really funny!!! God loves you and me too.

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 January 13, 2007 6:48 AM

Yes! Very good, Tapas. Now you have understood.  [ send green star]
 January 13, 2007 6:07 AM

When I realise the Self, then I'll KNOW I'm a beggar.

Realise Yourself and then you will know that there are no Others!  Until then everyone is a beggar for Truth, Peace and Pure Love.

Shanti - tapas

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 January 13, 2007 4:53 AM

When I realise the Self, then I'll KNOW I'm a beggar.  [ send green star]
 January 13, 2007 4:49 AM

Learn to love yourself, then you will be better able to love others.  [ send green star]
 January 13, 2007 4:48 AM

Dear Krishna just take me at your Lotus Feet...   [ send green star]
Nitai svaroop Krsna dasa... January 13, 2007 4:43 AM

I am the eternal servant of Krishna. He wants me to BE happy.

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 January 13, 2007 4:42 AM

If he's very fortunate, the force and vision and purpose of a man's life will transcend the mundane. In that moment he becomes very attractive.

If he becomes attractive to himself, then he is probably not fortunate.

All is perfect; "I am" is as perfect as a beggar or what ever else. Ultimatly we are all beggars until we have realised the Self; until we have gone through the Fire of Truth.                      with love - tapas

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 January 13, 2007 4:36 AM

How do I become a human being rather than a human doing?

By realising that you are nothing and everything; so there is no becoming of something witch you already are. Just a remembering!

God bless dear brother - tapas

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 January 13, 2007 3:59 AM

If he's very fortunate, the force and vision and purpose of a man's life will transcend the mundane. In that moment he becomes very attractive.  [ send green star]
 January 01, 2007 4:05 PM

"They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it very much."
  --  Malcolm Cowley
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 December 29, 2006 2:42 PM

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so. Stephen Leacock  [ send green star]
Daily Zen December 28, 2006 7:54 AM

I like that! ...and when you reason, lose the reason!  [ send green star]
 December 27, 2006 2:12 PM

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Dalai Lama
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 December 18, 2006 9:46 AM

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa  [ send green star]
 December 15, 2006 11:17 AM

A difficult phase in your relationship with your child may be teaching you to let go. The homeless person you see every day may be showing you the boundaries of your compassion and generosity. DailyOM  [ send green star]
 December 08, 2006 12:24 PM

Sacred Sounds 

How amazing it is
That all people
Have this but cannot polish
It into bright clarity.
In darkness unawakened,
They make foolishness
Cover their wisdom.

- Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091–1157)

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 December 07, 2006 10:57 AM

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. --J.M. Barrie  [ send green star]
 November 30, 2006 3:53 PM

When my vocation and my avocation coincide I can tell the boss to take this job and shove it.  [ send green star]
 November 30, 2006 12:31 PM

The universe is often an unpredictable and chaotic place, and the human tendency is to focus on the negative and assume the positive will care for itself. But life can be no more or no less than what you make of it. If you are working in a job you dislike, you can concentrate on the positive aspects of the position and approach your work with gusto. What can you do with this job that can turn it around so you do love it. DailyOM  [ send green star]
 November 28, 2006 1:36 PM

The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success, and prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they've been handed and make them into something great. DailyOM  [ send green star]
 November 27, 2006 9:35 PM

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Mohandas Gandhi  [ send green star]
 November 24, 2006 6:05 PM

How do I become a human being rather than a human doing?  [ send green star]
 November 24, 2006 5:11 PM

Open your hidden eyes and return to the root of the root of yourself.

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 November 23, 2006 4:57 PM

If I am always comparing myself with other human beings, I will either suffer from ego or jealousy.  [ send green star]
 November 21, 2006 6:08 PM

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mohandas Gandhi  [ send green star]
 November 16, 2006 1:05 PM

We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves. ~ Alan Watts  [ send green star]
 November 16, 2006 12:58 PM

Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits. Robert Louis Stevenson  [ send green star]
 November 15, 2006 7:30 AM

"Entering the forest he moves not the grass;
Entering the water he makes not a ripple." Zenrin Kushű

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 November 14, 2006 11:34 AM

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'
Erich Fromm  [ send green star]
 November 14, 2006 11:21 AM

LOVE is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  [ send green star]
 November 13, 2006 11:16 AM

Gentle people are not by nature passive or meek. Rather, their copious inner power is manifested in their gentleness and their choice to move with the flow of the universe instead of against it. DailyOM  [ send green star]
 November 07, 2006 7:40 PM

If we are irritated with every rub, how can we EVER expect to get polished? -- Bobrie Grace  [ send green star]
 November 07, 2006 7:42 AM

Death is nature's way of telling us to slow down.

(no attribution) 

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 November 06, 2006 4:24 PM

Something as simple as a smile given freely can temporarily brighten a person's entire world. DailyOM  [ send green star]
 November 06, 2006 4:17 PM

Time is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once. Anonymous  [ send green star]
 November 03, 2006 2:45 PM

If you have the choice between being kind and being right, be kind. Wayne Dyer  [ send green star]
 November 02, 2006 3:49 PM

Isn't it strange? The same people who laugh at gypsy fortune tellers take economists seriously. Cincinnati Enquirer  [ send green star]
 October 24, 2006 7:17 PM

Evil is, good or truth misplaced. Mohandas Gandhi  [ send green star]
 October 23, 2006 9:41 PM

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. Mohandas Gandhi  [ send green star]
 October 22, 2006 12:47 PM

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  [ send green star]
 October 22, 2006 4:59 AM

Essential truth spoken concisely is true eloquence.


Brevity is the soul of wit.

Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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 October 21, 2006 6:45 PM

The less we know, the longer the explanation. B.G.  [ send green star]
 October 19, 2006 9:55 AM

If a person wants to be atheistic, it's his God-given right to be an atheist. Michael Patton  [ send green star]
 October 16, 2006 11:11 PM

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw  [ send green star]
 October 14, 2006 3:48 AM

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
Niels Bohr  [ send green star]
 October 12, 2006 3:06 PM

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? Ursula K. LeGuin  [ send green star]
 October 06, 2006 5:09 PM

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
-Zen proverb
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 October 05, 2006 11:33 PM

We all need to learn to share?  [ send green star]
what's your finish, Sarvo? October 05, 2006 10:57 PM

I thoguht some may know about it already, I even heard before about the idea

so, instead of erradicate the poorer, lets get the richer lower to a less luxurious lifestyle.

Better now? I even was about to commit the error I tried to avoid with my explanations but I still kept it simple

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Er OK it really feels like we're making some progress here... October 05, 2006 8:42 PM

Still not exactly sure what you're trying to say though. Can you explain a little more?  [ send green star]
uh.... October 05, 2006 8:36 PM

ok... if poverty is like a social level... then instead of rising those, why not the others lower?  [ send green star]
Can you please elaborate. October 05, 2006 8:14 PM

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from "the Problem of Pain" October 05, 2006 3:27 PM

"There is a paradox about tribulation in Christianity. Blessed are the poor, but by 'judgement' (i.e., social justice) and alms we are to remove poverty wherever possible..."

C.S. Lewis

I like to point out it is not a paradox

as always, simple things gets unnoticed
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 October 03, 2006 4:10 PM

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson  [ send green star]
 September 30, 2006 1:33 PM

"Give all your love. I mean all your love. Why not? What do you think you can gain by holding back?" David Deida  [ send green star]
 September 28, 2006 11:23 PM

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." Ralph Waldo Emerson  [ send green star]
Vincent Van Gogh September 27, 2006 3:36 PM

Two quotes by Van Gogh that I'll have to paraphrase. The meanings stayed with me after I read them some time ago

" I dream my painting and then I paint my dream '

" When I close my eyes, I see "

I love the simplicity yet very powerful!

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Gita 6.6 September 27, 2006 11:32 AM

 Chapter 6. Sankhya-yoga


bandhur atmatmanas tasya
yenatmaivatmana jitah
anatmanas tu satrutve
vartetatmaiva satru-vat


bandhuh--friend; atma--mind; atmanah--of the living entity; tasya--of him; yena--by whom; atma--mind; eva--certainly; atmana--by the living entity; jitah--conquered; anatmanah--of one who has failed to control the mind; tu--but; satrutve--because of enmity; varteta--remains; atma eva--the very mind; satru-vat--as an enemy.


For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy.


The purpose of practicing eightfold yoga is to control the mind in order to make it a friend in discharging the human mission. Unless the mind is controlled, the practice of yoga (for show) is simply a waste of time. One who cannot control his mind lives always with the greatest enemy, and thus his life and its mission are spoiled. The constitutional position of the living entity is to carry out the order of the superior. As long as one's mind remains an unconquered enemy, one has to serve the dictations of lust, anger, avarice, illusion, etc. But when the mind is conquered, one voluntarily agrees to abide by the dictation of the Personality of Godhead, who is situated within the heart of everyone as Paramatma. Real yoga practice entails meeting the Paramatma within the heart and then following His dictation. For one who takes to Krsna consciousness directly, perfect surrender to the dictation of the Lord follows automatically.

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 September 27, 2006 11:27 AM

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. Wayne W. Dyer  [ send green star]
 September 26, 2006 12:53 AM

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
W. Somerset Maugham  [ send green star]
 September 25, 2006 1:09 PM

Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or I am beautiful because you love me? Oscar Hammerstein, II  [ send green star]
 September 22, 2006 7:15 AM

You can't determine the truth by a show of hands.  [ send green star]
 September 21, 2006 10:49 PM

The number of people who thought Hitler was right did not make him right... F Zappa  [ send green star]
 September 17, 2006 10:09 PM

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. Carl Sagan  [ send green star]
 September 12, 2006 11:00 PM

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. Carl Sagan  [ send green star]
 September 12, 2006 10:31 AM


sri-bhagavan uvaca
kalo 'smi loka-ksaya-krt pravrddho
lokan samahartum iha pravrttah
rte 'pi tvam na bhavisyanti sarve
ye 'vasthitah pratyanikesu yodhah


TRANSLATION The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Time I am, the great destroyer of the worlds, and I have come here to destroy all people. With the exception of you [the Pandavas], all the soldiers here on both sides will be slain.

PURPORT Although Arjuna knew that Krishna was his friend and the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he was puzzled by the various forms exhibited by Krishna. Therefore he asked further about the actual mission of this devastating force. It is written in the Vedas that the Supreme Truth destroys everything, even the brahmanas. As stated in the Katha Upanisad (1.2.25),

yasya brahma ca ksatram ca
ubhe bhavata odanah
mrtyur yasyopasecanam
ka ittha veda yatra sah

Eventually all the brahmanas, ksatriyas and everyone else are devoured like a meal by the Supreme. This form of the Supreme Lord is the all-devouring giant, and here Krishna presents Himself in that form of all-devouring time. Except for a few Pandavas, everyone who was present on that battlefield would be devoured by Him. Arjuna was not in favor of the fight, and he thought it was better not to fight; then there would be no frustration. In reply, the Lord is saying that even if he did not fight, every one of them would be destroyed, for that was His plan. If Arjuna stopped fighting, they would die in another way. Death could not be checked, even if he did not fight. In fact, they were already dead. Time is destruction, and all manifestations are to be vanquished by the desire of the Supreme Lord. That is the law of nature.

sri-bhagavan uvaca -- the Personality of Godhead said; kalah -- time; asmi -- I am; loka -- of the worlds; ksaya-krt -- the destroyer; pravrddhah -- great; lokan -- all people; samahartum -- in destroying; iha -- in this world; pravrttah -- engaged; rte -- without, except for; api -- even; tvam -- you; na -- never; bhavisyanti -- will be; sarve -- all; ye -- who; avasthitah -- situated; prati-anikesu -- on the opposite sides; yodhah -- the soldiers.  [ send green star]
 September 12, 2006 10:26 AM

For the young man the days are short and the years are long. For the old man the days are long and the years are short.

Attribution? I have no clue.

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 September 12, 2006 6:33 AM

When I let go of what I am,

I become what I might be. ~Lao Tzu

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 September 08, 2006 9:56 AM

this is a beautiful thread to keep coming back to!  Sarvo and Patrick  [ send green star]
 September 04, 2006 4:27 PM

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work!" Wayne Dyer  [ send green star]
 September 03, 2006 9:29 AM

Change comes from within. I need to act rather than react. In that way I'm a human being instead of a human doing.  [ send green star]
 September 02, 2006 4:17 PM

when you change the way you look at things the things you look at change -unknown  [ send green star]
 August 31, 2006 2:47 PM

All the men need to learn to stay locked and loaded. The payoff is gigantic! The alternative is loss of ojas shakti and an easy quick trip to hell.  [ send green star]
 August 31, 2006 12:08 PM

I'm totally out of step with reality. You know: I'm not a religious fanatic, I don't use drugs, I'm neither a Republican nor a Democrat, and I'm reasonably sane. F. Zappa  [ send green star]
 August 30, 2006 1:02 AM

A lot of the monks here in the ashrama have really got humble down and they use it to support their egos and get what they want.  [ send green star]
 August 29, 2006 11:43 PM

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. Frank Zappa  [ send green star]
It Doesn't Matter August 25, 2006 6:58 AM

Thich Nhat Hanh: "..even love and hate are human misunderstandings of a deeper unified reality. Humans are naturally attracted to flowers but repulsed by garbage. And yet, from the level of deeper reality, the flower is on its way to becoming garbage and the garbage is on its way to becoming a flower. So the attitude of the wise is one of acceptance." (mai bpen rai - it doesn't matter).

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 August 25, 2006 6:46 AM

A monk asked Seijo: `I understand that a Buddha who lived before recorded history sat in meditation for ten cycles of existence and could not realize the highest truth, and so could not become fully emancipated. Why was this so?'
Seijo replied: `Your question is self-explanatory.'
The monk asked: `Since the Buddha was meditating, why could he not fulfill Buddahood?'
Seijo said: `He was not a Buddha.'
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 August 22, 2006 4:46 PM

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle, and the other is as if everything is a miracle." -Albert Einstein  [ send green star]
 August 11, 2006 4:17 PM

One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. Will Durant  [ send green star]
 August 08, 2006 3:46 PM

All self-inflicted suffering is useless as long as the feeling of self is dominent. .  [ send green star]
 June 10, 2006 7:07 AM

Krishna says, "I am the taste of water." Rasa aham apsu. Bhagavad-gita 7.8

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 June 06, 2006 9:26 AM

The Real within the Apparent:
A sleepy-eyed grandam
Encounters herself in an old mirror.
Clearly she sees a face,
But it doesn't resemble her at all.
Too bad, with a muddled head,
She tries to recognize her reflection!
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 June 06, 2006 9:25 AM

"Your own nature is provided
With the Three Bodies;
When its brightness is manifested,
The Four Wisdoms are attained."
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 May 31, 2006 10:42 AM

The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over;
thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard.

"Being neither teacher nor guru, and since from the first not a thing is, the most one can do is to offer a glimpse or help point the way. In the end it resides in you"

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Short synopsis of our history here... May 12, 2006 5:02 AM

Someone pushed a seed into the ground thinking he would claim the result that was the beginning of agriculture and war. People became a little more cold hearted and ice caps started to develop on the poles.

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 May 12, 2006 4:09 AM

A line is cast into the water;
the greedy will be caught;
if you open your mouth just a little bit,
your life is completely lost
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 May 05, 2006 10:27 AM

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer  [ send green star]
I like that Patrick!! May 05, 2006 9:54 AM

Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away
without either inviting them to stay or desiring them
never to depart.  If your heart can be like this,
you will be near to the way.
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 May 02, 2006 10:21 AM

About this mind... In truth there is nothing really wrong with it. It is intrinsically pure. Within itself it's already peaceful. That the mind is not peaceful these days is because it follows moods. The real mind doesn't have anything to it, it is simply (an aspect of) Nature. Ajahn Chah  [ send green star]
 April 24, 2006 10:50 AM

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
Water which is too pure has no fish.

Ts’ai Ken T’an

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 April 24, 2006 10:38 AM

lol! u guys are priceless!Pulling FacesThank You 2  [ send green star]
 April 24, 2006 12:50 AM

I'd be completely lost without my Google task bar spell checker.  [ send green star]
 April 24, 2006 12:43 AM

No, the problem is me the same thing happens in spanish even talking ("trabalenguas" a few times). the few spell errors, are because I wrote very late at night or the computer is slow and takes an eternity to write a word (I finally got an idea to finally write faster ).

By the way, I am about to post my share/blog, in a few minutes.
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Translator April 23, 2006 9:47 PM

I wonder if using a translator will help Rafael? What browser system are you using? , you might want to try ImTranslator I find this to be very helpful. Sometimes I run about 3 or 4 programs because some translate different than others. Sometimes the sentences can turn out really weird I Don't Get It using translator...but still invaluable communication tool!Comforting  [ send green star]
 April 22, 2006 9:42 PM

about what I posted earlier durign the week? no problem as I said, I will explain more... As I always do, I mix different topics, or topics which are expanded each one to be mixed. And that's why it is taking me more time to re-post I am developing a series of blogs/shares...

(and by experience since high school I tent to write a lot, and that's why I need to organize ideas and redact carefully )
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 April 22, 2006 9:19 PM

I'm doing my best to keep up with you Rafael. I won't always be successful.    [ send green star]
Sarvo... April 22, 2006 9:16 PM

old joke yours...

Well, about an update, I got to obtain a special feedback about some topics, and I may be complementing it with what I said here, so I may write at the series of blogs/shares I may be posting soon (with a kind of introduction as first by tomorrow/today Sunday).

Good day and blessings,

Rafael Ernesto
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anonymous  April 22, 2006 11:13 AM

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 April 22, 2006 8:40 AM

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 April 22, 2006 8:38 AM

                                   give up?  [ send green star]
Zen riddle: April 22, 2006 8:36 AM

What's greater than God, more evil than the devil, poor people have it, rich people need it and if you eat it you die?

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anonymous  April 22, 2006 7:27 AM

Often times our beleifs tend to limit us. They can alienate and seperate us from others. In reality we have many more similarities than differences. We are all interconnected and have much to learn from one another. One should aspire to see the truth, the highest good in all views and actions and not just our own though often times this is difficult. This is something I have yet to master in todays trying times.

" Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints.Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout our entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times."

Thich Nhat Hanh
wise words from a wise man

Thanks, Carol

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amen April 18, 2006 8:51 PM

very true. if just priests, pastors, etc. (the ones "mind-blocked") did respect their followers by trusting on their faith and "loyalty" no person would change "religion"; to reprimend, and facilitate the other the decision to change to another church is kind of dangerous, it can be a bad thing for when the person don't know what is looking for, but good for others, who may go know other people and pastors who may be open minded and help to really guide the person.

At high school, "we" had a "war" between catholics and presbitherans (the last at the other side, crossing the street in front of the school). "War"? I did not saw anything like that, it was a creation of the "new  'sheeps'" who percieved the intention of catholics guys (my friends) to "win" them for our group.

The students who participated on the activities of the presbiterans neither wanted to participate on regular  "cults" of the church, they were just attracted to the music, rock/pop I even enjoyed their activities from outside.

still, our priest gave bad counseling to my friends to keep "fighting" for getting our group to "grow" (even if it was unconciouslly; remember, we need to respect others, who from their earlly teachings and familly/town culture, may have a mind/idea of early/unevolved believes).

now,  I have the strength of mind and  knowledge to know how to tell the things I always wanted to tell my priest, even I will example about it (I am back on "sunday mass", and for other reassons, even wil lstay more time to help on whatever needed during the day, but mostly to my grandmother on the "mini-store" ).

the main idea (I believe) of the different religions' "leaders" reuniting with the pope, was/is to give example, and I believe it should even be repeated with the other members. If we don't share with others, it is a contradiction to Jesus' teachings, who came to us to show us that God is real, that He is good, and neither care about origins and way of living. That we all are "brothers".

I need to explain more, but have technical difficulties and need to organize this to post to a corresponding thread .

Good day and blessings,

Rafael Ernesto
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 April 18, 2006 7:30 AM

"Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout our entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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 April 08, 2006 11:56 AM

Sharing a Mountain Hut with a Cloud

A lonely hut on the mountain-peak towering above a thousand others;
One half is occupied by an old monk and the other by a cloud:
Last night it was stormy and the cloud was blown away;
After all a cloud could not equal the old man's quiet way.

Kuei-tsung Chih-chih, a monk who lived in a humble hut on Lu-shan

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 April 01, 2006 9:08 AM

When a fish swims, it swims on and on, and there is no end to the water. When a bird flies, it flies on and on, and there is no end to the sky. There was never a fish that swam out of water, or a bird that flew out of the sky. When they need a little water or sky, they use just a little; when they need a lot, they use a lot. Thus they use all of it at every moment, and in every place they have perfect freedom.


^^^^^^^^^^ Love that Amin!!!

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 April 01, 2006 9:03 AM

       The mind of the past is ungraspable;
        the mind of the future is ungraspable;
        the mind of the present is ungraspable.

             -    Diamond Sutra

  Finally out of reach - 
   No bondage, no dependency.
   How calm the ocean,
   Towering the void.

    -   Tessho's death poem

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weird.... March 24, 2006 7:41 PM

People used to explore the dimensions of reality by taking LSD to make the world look weird. Now the world is weird and they take Prozac to make it look normal. -Bangstrom  [ send green star]
 March 22, 2006 10:15 AM

one world       Christian Buddha
by: Author Unknown, Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors

One of master Gasan's monks visited the university in Tokyo. When he returned, he asked the master if he had ever read the Christian Bible.

"No," Gasan replied, "Please read some of it to me."

The monk opened the Bible to the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew, and began reading. After reading Christ's words about the lilies in the field, he paused. Master Gasan was silent for a long time.

"Yes," he finally said, "Whoever uttered these words is an enlightened being. What you have read to me is the essence of everything I have been trying to teach you here!"

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 March 20, 2006 10:39 AM

When a fish swims, it swims on and on, and there is no end to the water. When a bird flies, it flies on and on, and there is no end to the sky. There was never a fish that swam out of water, or a bird that flew out of the sky. When they need a little water or sky, they use just a little; when they need a lot, they use a lot. Thus they use all of it at every moment, and in every place they have perfect freedom.


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 March 13, 2006 6:35 AM

A monk asked Yueh-shan, "What does one think of while sitting?"

"One thinks of not-thinking," the Master replied.

"How does one think of not-thinking?" the monk asked.

"Without thinking," the Master said.

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 March 13, 2006 6:31 AM

Bells and Robes

Zen Master Unmon said: "The world is vast and wide. Why do you put on your robes at the sound of a bell?"

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 March 13, 2006 6:28 AM

Jizo's Buddhism

One day, Jizo received one of Hofuku's disciples and asked him, "How does your teacher instruct you?" "My teacher instructs me to shut my eyes and see no evil thing; to cover my ears and hear no evil sound; to stop my mind-activities and form no wrong ideas," the monk replied. "I do not ask you to shut your eyes," Jizo said, "but you do not see a thing. I do not ask you to cover your ears, but you do not hear a sound. I do not ask you to cease your mind-activities, but you do not form any idea at all."

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More Daily Zen 4 U March 03, 2006 11:45 AM


     If Zen is to be of any use to our lives we must be able to
bring what is discovered to our daily life.  Zen does not remove us
from life and the world but gives us the insight necessary to help
better it.  As a practitioner one has the freedom to take the
teachings to what ever purpose one desires.  In other words one can
live in monastery as a priest or nun or one may return to their
regular lives to inspire and teach the principles of Zen to their
friends, neighbors and family.  

     The ability to apply the teachings of Zen to daily life is
very important.  Zen uses our ordinary life as a vehicle to
enlightenment.  One must always keep mindful of what one does.  One
must understand the importance of ordinary activities, that they
are methods of Zen.

     Although knowledge is looked up on in the west as a key
virtue, it is not so in Zen Buddhism.  Action is more important,
and knowledge that can not be used to enhance life is of little
value.  It is interesting that many people from the west read all
about the benefits of Zen and try to intellectualize the experience
with out ever really having it.  Although this can be beneficial in
following the path it can never substitute for the actual

     As mentioned before Zen practice is not only done during
periods of sitting but practice extends to the times we are just
doing our normal duties.  In this way we will find that everyday is
a good day.  The reality is that everyday is just a day there are
no good days or bad days.  It is up to our attitudes to decide.
Life is always in a state of change and there is nothing wrong with
this because it is teaching us something each day.  If we can only
detach ourselves from the past and enjoy what we have right now,
how much better will we feel?  We must learn to flow from one
moment to the next.  If we can do this, everyday will be a good

     "Our life is a gleam which comes and is gone,
      As springtime offers blossoms to fade in the fall
      Earthly flourish and decline, O friends, do not fear at all.
      They are but a drop of dew on the grass of morn!"

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