Buddhism, veganic gardening, compassion, and the vegan life calls all to deepen our relationships with Mother Earth and each other. Live sustainably, authentically, and lightly on the Earth. Manifest compassion for all sentient beings. The world is an altar. Worship in love.
Zazen and a World of Non-Separateness
sitting meditation – is the beating heart of Buddhist practice. As a dual
Mahayana/Tibetan lay Buddhist, much of the ancient and venerable Zen practices
are a part of my practice. Zazen is the cornerstone.
what is Zazen? When we meditate (called ‘sitting’), we are above all paying
attention. You thought it was spacing out? Not so. Zazen is awakening to the
present moment with the greatest lucidity. We sit in silence, and in that
stillness, we listen. You’ll grapple with the thoughts that will invariably
spring from the monkey mind. Still, just sit in silence, every day.
bears priceless fruits. But no wealth, education, or knowledge can
buy them. It’s only through Zazen that we find the fruits.
would you like to live from the center of your whole every moment of your life?
By this, I mean that you’re no longer living in your past, or driving towards some
future that hasn’t happened yet. It’s called ‘living in concentration’. You’re
here and now. You’re home.
gives us glimpses of our true nature; the realization of our non-separateness.
We’re one with each element in the universe. Thomas Merton wrote about the
moment he realized his non-separateness. He was standing near a street corner
somewhere in the U.S. – I think it was Kansas – watching people come and go. After
some time, he realized that everyone, each person who passed him on the street
corner, was somehow bound to him. This realization, he wrote, enveloped his
whole being. That glimpse of non-separateness blazed a path for his great
writings. He eventually wrote of non-separateness and his outpouring of love to
are I, and I am them.
practice, we experience the unconditional love of the whole universe. And in
turn, we give it back. It embraces us, and the only thing we can do is embrace
is an experience of non-separateness and unconditional love that can be realized
each day. All you have to do is sit. Live Pono