By Steve Hagen
“[Hagan’s] ebook will entice readers drawn to what real Zen perform is meant to be approximately past the entire well known photos and colourful stories.”
—Robert M. Pirsig, New York occasions bestselling writer of Zen and the artwork of bike Maintenance
Buddhism isn't What you're thinking that is a transparent, direct, and fascinating advisor to the main crucial components of non secular inquiry: consciousness, purpose, honesty with oneself, compassion, and the need to rouse. A well known Zen instructor, Steve Hagen deals a invaluable hands-on guidebook during which examples from way of life are awarded along tales from Buddhist lecturers prior and current to banish misconceptions and encourage the newcomer and the a professional practitioner alike. Buddhism isn't What You Think—it is either more…and less.
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In the end, it sort of feels purely reasonable that if we paintings very difficult at anything for a very long time, we must always grasp it. both that or we’re prone to supply it up. in truth, humans usually do quit Zen perform after operating very not easy at it for it slow. whilst it sort of feels like they’re now not getting wherever, they hand over. yet why didn’t they get at any place? They—and we—don’t get anyplace simply because we predict we’re doing whatever known as “getting someplace. ” Zen perform isn’t approximately getting someplace. It isn’t approximately turning into a buddha. in reality, that’s very unlikely. not anything turns into a buddha. A buddha is just a man or woman who's wakeful, conscious of truth. in case you see how issues are, what truth is, then you’re a buddha. nonetheless, we grasp to the suggestion that “If I paintings very not easy, possibly i will turn into enlightened—like a buddha. ” after which we commence training as though by some means we will be able to gather buddhahood. [ ] Buddhism isn't what you think that however the truth of the problem is that you simply can’t. You can’t gather it for an easy cause: you're Buddha already. There ’s not anything that you should collect. such a lot folks technique Zen perform as though it deals anything we have to get. yet, truly, it’s extra like anything to do away with. you have already got every little thing you must comprehend human existence fully—not to be harassed, to not be nervous, to not habitually lengthy for issues, to not endure. All of this is often already yours instantaneously. but we persist in pondering that we’re missing in a few important method, particularly relating to enlightenment. And we get the concept if we perform difficult for a very long time, then might be we will develop into buddhas or develop into entire. yet truth doesn’t paintings that means. How will we achieve whatever we have already got, no matter if we perform meditation for eons? It’s like craving to be in the USA when you are dwelling in ny. we have to remember the fact that the traditional meditator this fellow used to be asking approximately wasn’t actual. The questioner imagined him to be anyone who used to be missing and consequently needed to meditate to turn into a buddha. yet no such individual truly exists—or ever does. the truth is, not anyone who lives and walks between us lacks the facility to be wakeful, to be totally human, to achieve the character of fact. ... [ ] Muddy Water right here ’s one other Zen tale a few fellow who got here to a Zen instructor looking freedom of brain. the trainer requested him, “Who binds you? ” the guy replied, “No one binds me. ” “Then why search liberation? ” now we have a behavior of dealing with existence searching for anything. We even learn books like this one simply because we’re attempting to ﬁnd anything. yet why search anything that’s staring you within the face? We spend our time stuck up in proposal, dividing every thing off, isolating ourselves from Reality—and then we expect we lack anything and feature to ﬁll that lack. until we discover that this can be what we do, we can't turn into a buddha, just because that sort of buddha is simply an idea. And whereas you’re stuck up in that concept, you forget about or deny the transparent and seen fact of this very second. Buddhas are those people who are conscious of their very own delusions.