Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sit Down and Shut Up

Sit Down and Shut Up
Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, & Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye
by Brad Warner

"You can never notice your own enlightenment." Nishijima Sensei
You just discover that "me" was far too limiting a name for what you really are.

This is the way we all are, though. We're far more interested in explanations of reality than we are in reality itself. The solution is to see the problem and take action - now. Start from just where you are, and do something.

Buddhism is about discovering the things that "go," that really work and make our lives and the lives of others better and happier; and the things that do not "go" and make us and others miserable.

The trick to not thinking is not adding energy to the equation in an effort to forcibly stop thinking from happening.
"Someone who is pursuing the truth is already halfway to the truth. Don't give up until you get there." Dogen
Anger doesn't make music, not even angry music.

"Angry music," exposing as it did its author's truest feelings let me know I was not alone in my own feelings of frustration. Far from making me angry, it made me feel as if there was something positive I could do with my feelings.

Buddhism is about balance. And in the state of balance right action presents itself at every moment.

It's hard for most of us to admit, but when you start paying attention you'll notice that you actually enjoy being angry. There's this wonderful rush of self-righteousness to it. Because, obviously, you can't be angry about something unless you know you're right and the other person is wrong. You are angry because you want to be angry. Always, always.

It's only when we are balanced that we can do any good for anyone else. Otherwise we act from confusion instead of true compassion.

It's about seeing your real troubles, your real trials, all your real difficulties and real joys as they actually are, without the overblown drama we usually ladle on top of them.

Faith keeps you going but doubt keeps you from going off the deep end.

The trick here is to give up imagining how things are going to be. Or, at the very least, to give up believing that the way you imagine things are going to be has anything to do with the way they really will be.

Real happiness comes when you are truly living this moment, no matter what it is. It's not the least bit futile to pursue this kind of happiness. In fact it's your sacred duty as a human being.

Sit in zazen (meditation) enough, and you begin to relearn how to notice the fascinating sensations that make up your ordinary life.

So do what needs to be done right now. The do the next thing. And the next. And the next.

That's the way it is with every skill worth pursuing. It's a pain in the ass for a very long time until you become any good at it at all. And this is true for everyone...

It's easy to become paralyzed in your practice when you focus on the so-called results. But there really are no "results" in the real world. There is only what is, right here and right now.

Any job you do contributes to the welfare of all humankind. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.

If you're serious about transcending anger, you have to be prepared to give up everything.

But it's incredibly tough to pursue a practice that says that if you spend tons of time and energy on it, your reward is...nothing.

Real hate is that part of you that sees itself as eternally separate from the rest of creation. Real love is that part of you that sees everything as a seamless whole.

It's hard to worry what other people thing when you realize their thoughts are just as dopey and meaningless as yours.


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