Posts Tagged With: Nirvana

Dharma with a Zen tone

Troubled and confused is life in the three worlds
It’s not just the way things are today
Things have always been like this
Because you fail to realize the truth
You spend a lifetime chasing about
Reading the Buddhist scriptures, you become
caught up in names and forms
and never return
Practicing Zen, you become attached to nirvana
and end up being mired there
It reminds me of Master Tung-shan’s apt words:
“The moment you set foot outside the gate
Grasses are sprouting everywhere”

~ Ryokanzen garden 12sep14

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Book Review: 365 Nirvana Here and Now by Josh Baran

A little known secret: I enjoy quotes especially ones that take you deep within. Yes, I know, what a surprise! ūüôā It seems I am not the only one. most of my twitter contacts enjoy quotes also. Maybe like attracts like? Hmm.¬†365 Nirvana by Josh Baran

365¬†Nirvana¬†Here and Now: Living Every Moment In Enlightenment, edited and with commentary by Josh Baran is one of those quote books that you can let the book fall open and you have your ‘gem’ for the day or if you are me, for the week. (Barnes & Noble/Amazon do not have this book in stock at this moment…your local well-loved book store might though!)

Given the title, you would think 365 Nirvana is entirely¬†comprised¬†of Buddhist quotes, yet it is not so…. Examples: “With ‘I’ eliminated…this is Nirvana here and now. ~ The Buddha, ¬†‘It is right in your face. This moment, the whole thing is handed to you. ~ Yuanwu, ¬†‘You search for God in heaven and earth, but you don’t know the one who is right before your eyes,¬†because¬†you don’t know how to search into this very moment. ~ Jesus.’

And this from the Introduction by Josh Baran…’This treasury of insights, a chorus of the present moment sung by ancient and¬†modern¬†voices that span time, distance, religion, tradition, and culture – is an invitation’ … I could not have said¬†or¬†written it better. This little book has become a constant source of reflective material that sits on my nightstand within easy reach.

So tonight…I let 365 Nirvana ‘pick’ the quote ending this post…see where it takes you.

Just One Time

Where you are going

and the place you stay

come to the same thing.

What you long for

and what you’ve left behind

are as useless as your name.

Just one time, walk out

into the field and look

at the towering oak —

an acorn still beating at its heart.   Peter Levitt

come

Categories: Attitude, Better World, Books, Buddhist Quote, Dalai Lama, Everyday Zen, Everything, Freedom, Meaningful, Nirvana, Potential, Quiet, Reality, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thought, Wisdom, World | Tags: , , , , , ,

Book Review: ‚ÄėBuddha: A Story of Enlightenment‚Äô by Deepak Chopra

When it comes to reading books, I rarely choose historical fiction. In fact, this was my first spiritual historical fiction. (At least that I remember!) So I will admit some reluctance in starting this book.

Mr. Chopra does a fine job of storytelling with this ‘possible’ tale of how SiddhńĀrtha Gautama¬†became¬†The Buddha. He outlines SiddhńĀrtha’s¬†separateness before birth and how human he was. ¬†And how¬†different¬†he was from others around him. Yet he was the same, for he felt pain, suffered, and enjoyed pleasures as all humans do. SiddhńĀrtha’s difference is what made him seek out the answers to the questions we all ask.

I will not say much more about the book for fear of telling too much. I will say I felt what SiddhńĀrtha felt and at times had to put the book away until my eyes were not clouded with tears. (Maybe I was just tired and thus the watery eyes?) And the end is not quite what I had envisioned but it was great.

Now for the not so good: I felt the story plodded much of the time. Sometimes the scene changed¬†abruptly¬†which caused me to go back over what I had read to¬†make¬†sure I hadn’t missed a line or so. I also felt there was not always a clear reason for the main character to make a decision when he did.

All this taken into consideration, I say…..read this book. Glean¬†from¬†it as you may or not.‘Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment’ is worth your time. ¬†~ Debra Saturday

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The Wise…

The wise have mastered body, word, and mind. They are the true masters. ~ The Buddha

Categories: Attitude, beings, Buddha, Enlightenment, Love, Mind, Philosophy, Potential, Quiet, Reality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Do Not Be Dualistic

Do not be dualistic. Truly be one with your life as the subtle mind of nirvana. That is what subtle means. Something is subtle not because it is hidden, nor because it is elusive, but because it is right here. We don’t see it precisely because it is right in front of us. In fact, we are living it. When we live it, we don’t think about it. The minute we think about it, we are functioning in the dualistic state and don’t see our life as the subtle mind of nirvana. ~ Maezumi Roshi

Categories: Attachment, Enlightenment, Everyday Zen, Ignorance, Illusion, Nirvana, Reality, Reflecting, Thought, Truth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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