Saturday, February 28, 2009

Desire: Fuel

Do not reject desire,
but do not cling to the objects.

Desire can boost your mind,
if you know how to use it properly.

The stronger the desire,
the higher the power of mind.

When you see the real face of desire,
you can burn your karma.

This is not an advice for the weak,
because it is a dangerous road.

Attraction and repulsion
are the two faces of desire.

Samsaric mind is a mind
fettered by craving and clinging.

Nirvanic mind is a mind
knowing its own face.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Musashi: Wrath and Tengu

Riding on your back,
flying in the dark sky,
I can break the fetters
of ignorance and pain.

Take me to the mountain,
to the mountain of clarity,
where I can stand by the pillar,
by the pillar of rigour.

Now you are one with me,
I am one with you;
your sharp fangs of compassion,
suck the suffering of demons.

Let´s take a blissful ride,
around this world of confusion,
and bite the fortunate ones
craving for satori.

We will use the sword of wisdom
to cut the throat of ignorance.
We will show the entrance
to the sound of silence.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mushotoku: Flowing

Awareness flows,
like an eagle in the sky.

Thoughts appear from the base,
and they are certainly self-liberated.

Enjoy the beauty, and the ugliness too:
two faces of the same old coin of duality.

The six consciousnesses are your servants,
when the seventh turns into awareness.

Flow like a river, and let the all-ground
take you in an eternal blissful trip.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Gautama: Insight against dogmas

Usually, we think that if many people follow a special method,
that method MUST be right, just because so many people can
not be wrong. And we are wrong.

Life is about QUALITY, not quantity.

We have many examples of great masses of people following
specific religions, but not becoming free of ignorance.

We find a kind of security when becoming part of a group,
but we pay with DEPENDENCY, if not submission, to the
DOGMAS created by the leaders.

And if we disagree with these dogmas, usually we must do
it in low voice, or we get in trouble with the AUTHORITIES.
This has the inconvenience of turning us into hypocrites.

Hui Neng had to deal with a bunch of fanatics and hypocrites,
and we will have to do the same.

In fact, all this external "enemies" are just a reflection of
our own fanaticism and hypocrisy, and it is part of the
path to FACE them.

Fanatics can be dangerous, but usually you can see them
from afar, and you can easily take preventive measures.

Hypocrites are more dangerous, because they disguise
themselves under the mask of compassion and tolerance,
or whatever mask is convenient for them,and unless you
have a good intuition, they can be lethal.

A fanatic hypocrite is the most dangerous.

The trick is becoming WISER, which will turn you
STRONGER. If you defeat your own fanaticism and
hypocrisy, you will become wiser and stronger,
and nobody will be able to injure you.

Today, as yesterday and tomorrow, the key success
To face your own wall with honesty, and if you need
help, to be able to be HUMBLE and look for somebody
wiser than we are.

This is very simple, but the problem is that we are
under the control of EGO, and ego does not know
about honesty or humbleness, just because they
mean its own destruction.

Sitting like a rock as preached by Dogen or Deshimaru,
it only reinforces EGO, so the more we practice in this
flawed way, the more we become entangled in samsara.

But this assertion of mine, based on my experience
and insight, must be investigated by you, the genuine
zen practitioner, in order to discover its truth or falsehood.

This is the only way to progress. Do not turn my assertions
into DOGMAS. Gautama, a genuine practitioner himself,
never wanted to replace the hinduist dogmas of his time by
a new set of dogmas. He just wanted people to investigate
by themselves, and find their own truths.

Zen is about getting to know yourself in more depth,
making your own working hypotheses and proving
or disproving them by practice.

So please, before rejecting or accepting any opinions or assertions,
put some effort and investigate, because you never know
the level of insight of the person who made that assertion.

Potentially, we are all buddhas, but in practice, we have
different levels of insight, depending on the Right effort
we have put on the practice.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mu: Yes

Like waves on the ocean,
like clouds in the sky,
thoughts appear in the mind.

Like sounds in the air,
like reflections on the pond,
perceptions arise in the mind.

do not cling;
they are all self-liberated.

Sometimes Mu is No,
sometimes Mu means Yes;

When you look and see,
then the wall breaks down: