Friday, March 18, 2005

Zen

Been reading about Zen lately. Zen seems to me to feel like the final arrival after a long journey down the river of philosophy to the open sea. The sea is Zen. The ocean is Zen. Seems to transcend everything, amazing stuff, or is it non-stuff??

“Zen is just Zen. There is nothing comparable to it. It is unique – unique in the sense that it is the most ordinary and yet the most extraordinary phenomenon that has ever happened to human consciousness. It is the most ordinary because it does not believe in knowledge, it does not believe in the mind. It is not a philosophy, not a religion either. It is the total acceptance of ordinary existence… It does not hanker for the other shore; this shore is more than enough. Its acceptance of this shore is so tremendous that through that very acceptance it transforms this shore – and this very shore becomes the other shore.

This very body the Buddha.
This very Earth the lotus paradise.” - Osho.

3 Comments:

Blogger mnkymelbourne said...

yes- precisely you nailed it there - I have always wondered at the out and out audacity of humans to believe there is more purpose to their existence than any other living creatures existence - there is no more after this so find peace and beauty here now because this is it. Post some more on Zen it is interesting maybe with an example of how it affects you :)

1:29 PM  
Blogger Sean M Whelan said...

"there is no more after this"?
Man, there is ALWAYS more after this and so much before too. Always has been, always will.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Monkey Girl said...

I think what ol' Osho is saying is that Zen is about accepting 'what is' and by simply doing this, we transform what is into something extraordinary. As soon as you stop wanting, desiring the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you look down and there it is at your feet. Remember that Kafka quote:

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." - Kafka

Could write so much on all of this, but am in 10 minute work break, Stormi out, xxx

8:31 PM  

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