See it for what it is, pervasive suffering

Sometimes we are hot, sometimes not. Don’t worry. Welcome to the never fully satisfying samsara. Either too much, or too little, never just right, at least for very long. Rather than ignore and disbelieve this ingrown dissatisfaction, recognize it. See it for what it is, pervasive suffering. Pervasive suffering not only for you, but for everyone! On this basis, use this pervasive suffering as a catalyst to get rid of samsara. For yourself it is renunciation For all others, it is unconditional compassion. Seeing the elusive nature of pervasive suffering, is wisdom. Our self, others, and pervasive suffering itself, are all figments of our imagination. They appear independent of our mind, but on deeper inspection, do not exist as they appear. They are empty (absent) of independent existence on their own, from their own side. Yet they do exist, dependent on our minds. Chew on this for a while! Emaho! ~ Barry Kerzin

Zazen ~ A basic Zen practice

“The Basic kind of Zen practice is called zazen (sitting Zen), and in zazen we attain samadhi. In this state the activity of consciousness is stopped and we cease to be aware of time, space, and causation. The mode of existence which thus makes its appearance may at first sight seem to be nothing more than mere being, or existence. However, if you really attain this state you will find it to be a remarkable thing. At the extremity of having denied all, and having nothing left to deny, we reach a state in which absolute silence and stillness reign, bathed in pure, serene light. Buddhists of former times called this state annihilation, or Nirvana. But it is not a vacuum or mere nothingness. ” ~ ‘Zen Training Methods and Philosophy by Katsuki Sekida. Page 29-30.

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The Essence of Buddhism

The essence of Buddhism has always been the same throughout infinite time and space. No matter what plane of existence that it is found, no matter what language that it is taught in, and no matter what culture that holds it, the essence has always, and will always be wisdom and compassion.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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