By Steve Hagen
Bestselling writer and well known Zen instructor Steve Hagen penetrates the main crucial and enduring questions on the center of the Buddha's teachings: How will we see the area in each one second, instead of in simple terms as what we expect, desire, or worry it truly is? How do we base our activities on fact, instead of at the longing and loathing of our hearts and minds? How do we stay lives which are clever, compassionate, and in track with truth? and the way will we separate the knowledge of Buddhism from the cultural trappings and misconceptions that experience emerge as linked to it?
Drawing on down-to-earth examples from lifestyle and tales from Buddhist academics earlier and current, Hagen tackles those basic inquiries together with his trademark lucid, straight forward prose. The newcomer to Buddhism can be encouraged through this obtainable and provocative advent, and people extra acquainted with Buddhism will welcome this a lot wanted hands-on advisor to knowing what it actually skill to be unsleeping. via being challenged to question what we take with no consideration, we come to determine the area because it actually is. Buddhism isn't really What You Think bargains a profound and transparent route to a lifetime of pleasure and freedom.
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Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Zen literature has such a story as well. In it a fellow comes upon a demon for sale at a carnival—and very cheap, too. ” he asks. “This demon will do anything for you,” the merchant tells him. “Just tell it what you want done, and it will do it. It will do your laundry, cook your meals, do your shopping. It will handle all your chores around the house. ” The man, focused on his immediate concerns, thinks this is a bargain. He buys it and takes it home. At ﬁrst all is well. Just as promised, the demon quickly goes to work, taking care of whatever the man commands it to do.
If we were truly here, we’d behold nothing that is not here. We ’d not be taken in by the illusion of self and by all the fuss that’s required for its pleasure and protection. Truth cannot be something else or somewhere else. There cannot be models of it. It cannot be diagrammed or written out. It cannot be held as a possession of mind. And how kind of Han-shan to point all this out. There’s only this one place: right here, right now. ” To be here is freedom from insanity, fear, worry, struggle, striving, the urgent desire to control, and the habitual yearning for security and escape from pain.
All of it. The Whole. Nothing in particular. Why not live as though you realize that this is true—as though you realize that there is no separation, no distinction, between you and Reality? If you do, there will no longer be any mystery to existence. Mystery only comes about when we wall ourselves off, divide the world into this and that, distinguish ourselves from everything else. Reality is not a thought. Reality is not what you think. Reality is not what you can think. Reality is what is immediately experienced.