tisdag 23 augusti 2016

1 peter 4:10

Hi.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

- 1 Peter 4:10

To serve another, to really serve, is the ultimate act of love. 
To really serve means that you do everything you can for that person/s you are serving. 
The mindset should be much like that of faithful stewards. 
Once you really commit to that which you do for them, you are truly serving. 
Serving can take many shapes, we are all different,
Much like the drops in the rain, as different as they are, serve the earth with the rain,  we can all serve to the best of our ability.
Life is our temple and it's all good practice.

Thank you for your service.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

måndag 22 augusti 2016

A question about books

Hi.

One day, Owl, who was an experienced reader, asked Monkey: Why do you have so many books?
”Because i benefit from and enjoy reading them.”
”Why do you give them away then?”
”So that others may benefit from and enjoy them.”

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 9 augusti 2016

Finding Nemo

Hi.

Marlin: How do you know that nothing bad won't happen?
Dory: I don't.


-Finding Nemo


People today are scared of doing anything on the basis that something will happen. In Buddhism that is called Karma, the law of cause and effect.
When you do something, something will happen.
Period.

Doesn't say whether it will be good or bad, just that when you do something, something happens.

It is an misconception that karma is about good or bad.

And, who's to say which is what?

There is an Buddhist story about a man and his son who loses their horses, horse comes back with more horses, the breaks his leg asf. And all through the story the man won't state if it is good or bad when people confront him with what happened.
And for a good reason.
If we drop this notion of good and bad and just see that something happens, period, we would be able to live an fuller life not going around worrying about the consequences of living.

One of my friends was really scared of doing new things.
And when she got a boyfriend, a new problem arose, Sex.
It was so scary and got to be such a big problem for her that she was ready to end it all.

Luckily the boyfriend understood the predicament and through a loving communication, they were able to, together, solve the issue.
Not only did it solve that issue, but it untied a number of other knots in her life, enabling her to live an much more full life in all aspects.

Sometimes it's good when bad things happen..


Thank you for your practice.


Mtfbwy

Fugen

tisdag 2 augusti 2016

A circle of friends

Hi.


A circle of friends is an infinite number of friends with everybody in everybody's corner and all together in a ring.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 26 juli 2016

On the beach

Hi.

Looking around standing on the beach by the ocean of suffering you see land.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

fredag 15 juli 2016

kafkaquote

Hi.

Learn to be quiet

You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait,
just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

~ Franz Kafka



This is an very good description of Shikantaza, which is just being with everything just as it is. 
One of the main mistakes in speaking of this meditation form is that you have to be seated in a “meditationposture” to do it, but that is not true. 
It is about being here, now, doing whatever in whatever posture, letting the world unravel itself without you tampering with it.
Are you ready for it?

Mtfbwy
Fugen

onsdag 20 april 2016

Bookreview: The net of indra

Hi.

Sante Poromaa has been practising Zen since 1983 and teaching full time since 1998. He started practice as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau, and he later became a student of Kapleau's successor, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.
Together with Kanja Odland, he has been instrumental in the creation of a full-time training temple in rural Sweden called Zengården, as well as the growth and development of a network of City Zen Centers in Sweden, Finland and Scotland.

The book, The net of indra, is, more or less, an exploration of the question of whether the concept of rebirth can be incorporated into our modern, scientific worldview.
The book is divided into four parts, he starts off with testimonys, moves on to scientific and Buddhist theory and ends up with “questions”-section at the end.
The questionssection has rebirth as an common red thread, although the questions range from abortion, murder to quantumphysics and rebirth as an Buddhist pillar. I think there could have been more questions asked, as it is such an broad topic, but those asked were cunningly answered.
The theorysections show a sign of great knowledge on the authors behalf. He has gone to great lenghts to make an wide display of all there is to show in the subject, while, at the same time, keep an inquiring, almost critical, mindset to it all. I think now, looking back, this mindset is what made the book so great..
The witnesssection is a caleidoscope of different recounts, both his own and others, mixed with scholarly dissertations. It serves both to recount what people have experienced but also what has been written about the separate “cases” brought forth. These cases range from neardeathexperiences to parapsychology and even his own experiences. The fact that he brings up his own experiences brings another depth to an already almost fathomless sea, and, in hindsight, I would have liked to see that section more elaborated upon, as it is very good in and off itself.

The book The net of indra is an book about rebirth, science and the self.
As such it is an good attempt. It has very good ground to state its views from, and it also implores the reader to inquire everything more. The things you lack, such as an more elaborated survey and other small things, is well counteracted by the fact that it is well put together, well written and implores you to do the questioning yourself, to find out yourself.

Thank you Sante Poromaa for a good book and for your practice.

Mtfbwy
Fugen