· Lotos Jewel

Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra for Achieving Buddhahood

It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are within this mantra. According to Buddhism all beings have the Buddha nature. We all have within us the seed of purity that is to be transformed and developed into Buddhahood.

Your ordinary body, speech and mind are purified and transform into, Buddha's holy body, holy speech and holy mind (symbolically represented by AUM).

'Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that by the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.'

SOURCE: Om Mani Padme Hum

· The path of the Octopus

The eightfold path is the last of Buddha's "four noble truths." They are: 1) the truth about suffering, 2) the truth about the cause of suffering, 3) the truth about the cessation of suffering. Four noble truths cover the whole of the Buddhist path. The truth about suffering points to the fundamental problem of existence, and the truth about suffering shows the source of the problem. The third truth is that negative elements of human condition are not invariable, and the fourth shows how one can change his perception of reality and go beyond suffering.
The whole problem of suffering lies in the way we perceive reality, so its solution involves a change in perception: we suffer from false views about what is pleasant, valuable, or desirable. Therefore, the truth about the path indicates the transformation of perception so that it is in harmony with reality, which allows to put an end to suffering.
This path is commonly referred to as a "noble eight-way path" because it is divided into: 1) right view; 2) proper intention; 3) proper speech; 4) proper action; 5) proper way of life; Proper mindfulness, 8) proper meditative absorption.

SOURCE: John Powers

· Do not seek the Buddha

The 'kill the Buddha' comment must be interpreted within the context of the nondual realization espoused by Zen Buddhism. Buddha-nature transcends categories, making room for a world of distinct objects that are also empty of inherent existence. Indeed, from the point of view of Buddha (awakeness) there is no inside or outside - only a creative display infused with unborn awareness. Within the rubric of Zen practice it is impossible to see the Buddha. It is possible to see things that have a 'buddha' signifier attached to them from the conventional point of view, but this would not be construed as an enlightenment experience. Your basic nature is Buddha, neither inside nor outside.

SOURCE: What-does-if-you-meet-the-Buddha-on-the-road-kill-him-mean

· Cloud of smoke

You will loose everything in the end.
That's when you become one with the universe.
That's why attachment is not logical.
Why attach yourself to a cloud of smoke?

· Desire is suffering

Desire is suffering.
Suffering is desire.
Aversion is suffering.
Suffering is aversion.
Ignorance is suffering.
Suffering is ignorance.
Thus, suffering is a three headed hydra.

· Same thing over

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

SOURCE: Albert Einstein

· Dualism of part

If you look at your body as part of the world:
It's like looking at a cake divided. It creates multiplicity and dualism.
If you look at yourself *as* the world, there is no dualism.

· Not trying

Not trying to get pleasure,
Not trying to get pain,
Not trying is a good feeling itself.

· Practice as path

A special transmission outside the scriptures,
Not founded upon words and letters.
By pointing directly to one's mind,
It lets one see into own nature and attain Buddhahood.
- Bodhidharma

From the Zen perspective, scriptures are nothing but scraps of paper for wiping up filth.
- Tokusan Hisamatsu

For the realisation of Zen, practice is absolutely necessary.
- Wikipedia

SOURCE: Zen and Sutras

· Karma and circle of cause

Karma creates effect,
before karma was action,
action was also caused by karma,
all we do is caused.

· Taoism

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”

SOURCE: Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

· Breathing

So when you practice zazen, your mind should be concentrated on your breathing. This kind of activity is the fundamental activity of the universal being. Without this experience, this practice, it is impossible to attain absolute freedom.

SOURCE: Zen-Mind-Beginners-Mind-by-Shunryu-Suzuki

· No preparation

If you want to express yourself, your true nature, there should be some natural and appropriate way of expression. Even swaying right and left as you sit down or get up from zazen is an expression of yourself. It is not preparation for practice, or relaxation after practice; it is part of the practice. So we should not do it as if it were preparing for something else. This should be true in your everyday life. To cook, or to fix some food, is not preparation, according to Dogen; it is practice. To cook is not just to prepare food for someone or for yourself; it is to express your sincerity. So when you cook you should express yourself in your activity in the kitchen. You should allow yourself plenty of time; you should work on it with nothing in your mind, and without expecting anything. You should just cook! That is also an expression of our sincerity, a part of our practice. It is necessary to sit in zazen, in this way, but sitting is not our only way. Whatever you do, it should be an expression of the same deep activity. We should appreciate what we are doing. There is no preparation for something else.

SOURCE: Zen-Mind-Beginners-Mind-by-Shunryu-Suzuki

· Destined to suffer

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

SOURCE: Zen Koans (parable)

· Nondualism

“The concept, often described in English as “nondualism,” is extremely hard for the mind to grasp or visualize, since the mind engages constantly in the making of distinctions and nondualism represents the rejection or transcendence of all distinctions.”

SOURCE: The Lotus Sutra translated by Burton Watson

· Dhammapada

Niech nikt nie wynajduje błędów u innych; niech nie wypatruje zaniedbań i złych postępków u innych. Niech widzi swe własne czyny — co zrobił a czego nie uczynił.

SOURCE: III. 50. Dhammapada

· Karmas are also empty

Though atachment and anger are empty, yet they are capable of creating karma. Karmas are also empty, yet they are capable of producing sufferings. Sufferings are empty too, yet they are unbearable to experience...

SOURCE: Karma and Rebirth

· Buddha as Love

Nirvana is not the ultimate abode of Buddhahood, nor is enlightenment. Love and compassion is what essentially constitutes the self-nature of the All-knowing One (sarvajna).

SOURCE: Lankavatara Sutra Preface

· Master Joshu

Someone asked, "When high, steep, and hard to climb - what then?"

Joshu said, "High peaks are not my taste."

· Skillful Desire

The path that takes you to nirvana is rooted in desire — in skillful desires. This means that wisdom has to learn how to strategize, too, to strengthen skillful desires so that less skillful desires will listen to them.

SOURCE "Pushing the Limits: Desire & Imagination in the Buddhist Path", by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

· Temporary

This blog post is written by temporary Jack.

Each minute there is a new Jack,
a new broken car, a tree grows and falls,
everything is temporary.