you walk down the road, you will see the splendour of nature, the
extraordinary beauty of the green fields and the open skies; and you
will hear the laughter of children. But in spite of all that, there is a
sense of sorrow. There is the anguish of a woman bearing a child; there
is sorrow in death; there is sorrow when you are looking forward to
something, and it does not happen; there is sorrow when a nation runs
down, goes to seed; and there is the sorrow of corruption, not only in
the collective, but also in the individual. There is sorrow in your own
house, if you look deeply—the sorrow of not being able to fulfill, the
sorrow of your own pettiness or incapacity, and various unconscious
is also laughter in life. Laughter is a lovely thing—to laugh without
reason, to have joy in one’s heart without cause, to love without
seeking anything in return. But such laughter rarely happens to us. We
are burdened with sorrow; our life is a process of misery and strife, a
continuous disintegration, and we almost never know what it is to love
with our whole being…
want to find a solution, a means, a method by which to resolve this
burden of life, and so we never actually look at sorrow. We try to
escape through myths, through images, through speculation; we hope to
find some way to avoid this weight, to stay ahead of the wave of sorrow.
Sorrow has an ending, but it does not come about through any system or
method. There is no sorrow when there is perception of what is.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life
Spirituality does not have to be serious. You are spirituality. Fun laughter heal you faster than anything. Introduce fun back into your life.
Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed.
Judgment means that you view the world as you are, rather than as it is.
You can marry the Buddha, and after a few months you will find on the human form the Buddha, too, has his limitations. There may be things that the mind reacts to and irritates you about the Buddha. “Why is he sitting over there in meditation?”
How does one stay mindful? Where feelings are known as they arise, known as they persist, known as they pass away. Thoughts are known as they arise, known as they persist, known as they pass away. Perceptions are known they arise, known as they persist, known as they pass away. This is how a monk stays awake.
Unfortunate events though potentially a source of anger and despair have equal potential to be a source of spiritual growth. Whether or not this is the outcome depends on your response.
Realization is not knowledge about the universe, but the living experience of the nature of the universe. Until we have such living experience, we remain dependent on examples, and subject to their limits.
We’re all buddhas. We just don’t recognize it.
I-kung’s place to practice Ch’an:
A hut in empty grove.
Outside the door, a single pretty peak.
Before the stair, deep valleys.
Sunset confused in footprints of the rain.
Blue of the void in the shade of the court.
Look, and see: the lotus blossom’s purity.
Know, then, that nothing taints this heart.