Sitting with Soto Zen folks in Dublin again. 45 minutes of staring at the wall, followed by a few minutes of walking meditation, followed by another 15 minutes of sitting meditation. When I was preparing to leave, a lady asked me about my sitting. I said it didn't feel like an hour. - Time flies … Continue reading 27 Oct 21. Never-ending practice.
On Monday, I got up before 6AM and drove to Dublin again to sit with Soto Zen folks, this time at 7.15 in the morning. The sun was raising slowly on the wall in front of me. We did a bit of walking meditation. I noticed people rushing about outside a large window of the … Continue reading 18 Oct 21.
I went to Dublin to practice with Soto Zen folks. Sitting with my back straight, facing the wall. As the sun set, I watched my shadow on the wall in front of me slowly disappearing, evening becoming night, sunlight becoming candlelight.
I have always thought about sati (mindfulness) as a skill. Something we consciously apply to whatever arises in our experience. So I am reading this book called "Buddha's last sermon – in hell". In the book, the protagonist, a woman called M., talks about sati not as a skill, but as a reflex. It really stuck with me. How … Continue reading 14 Aug 21. Mindfulness.
This morning I woke up with a heart full of sorrow and a head full of sad, sad dreams. Dreams about the past. Longings. Things forever out of my reach. Forever missed. I remembered below poem composed by Matty Weingast based on one of the texts from Pali Canon ("The First Free Women: Poems of … Continue reading 13 Jan 21. Sad head. Bright head.
Meditation is so very different now when, while maintaining focus on the breath in the body, I also hold in mind the teachings of the Buddha: 4 Noble Truths, 3 Marks of Existence, 5 Hindrances, 7 Factors of Awakening. No, not mentally repeating them, just knowing them by heart. When I sit, I simply remember … Continue reading 24 Oct 20. Falling.
Is mindfulness really paying non-judgemental attention to whatever is occurring in the present moment? Or is it keeping in mind the Dhamma and applying it to present experience which requires both judgement and concern about the future results? This morning whenever a painful thought arose, I remembered that it was impermanent, pleasure thought - ultimately … Continue reading 9 Oct 20. Mindfulness.
Sometimes my mind is so quiet during meditation. This morning however sitting through those 40 minutes was really a chore. My mind was busy with liking and disliking, longing and fear, desire and anger. A thought occurred to me that both liking and disliking are not really that different, that they serve the same purpose … Continue reading 6 Oct 20. Boundaries. A finger.
all those yearsmeditatingtalking and thinkingin the endyou only need to give upwhat is already slipping away
In my dream, I was reading an article written by an elderly Soto Zen nun describing enlightenment of her master. She was able to capture in words the actual process of transformation. As I was reading it, the awareness of my own faults and failures grew. At the end of the text, when the master … Continue reading 21 Mar 20. A dream.