tisdag 7 juli 2015

No spoon


"-Master, we're playing tags and TAG! You're it.
-No, YOU're it!"

In the movie Matrix we see this exchange:

”Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. ”

What is real?
How do you define real?
If what you're talking about is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real', in a "scientific sense", is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
We can get angry or scared from movies and dreams because from the point of view of the brain, it is all 'real'. Your brain can't tell the difference between something imagined and something in the material world. They are both just electric signals.
In fact, if you imagine you are a God, you are.
So, what are you?

Thank you for your practice.


Carpe diem


Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
-Dead poets society

Even in the making of your lives, you make your lives extraordinary. Some Buddhists, if not all, say that you being alive is extraordinary, a blessing even. In the book the tibetan book on living and dying by sogyal rinpoche you have this story.
"Every spiritual tradition has stressed that this human life is unique, and has potential that ordinarily we hardly even begin to imagine. If we miss the opportunity this life offers us for transforming ourselves, they say, it may well be an extremely long time before we have another. 
Imagine a blind turtle, roaming the depths of an ocean the size of the universe. Up above floats a wooden ring, tossed to and fro on the waves. Every hundred years the turtle comes, once, to the surface. To be born a human being is said by Buddhists to be more difficult than for the turtle to surface accidentally with its head poking through the wooden ring. And even among those who have a human birth, it is said, those who have the great fortune to make a connection with the teachings are rare; and those who really take them to heart and embody them in their actions even rarer, as rare, in fact, 'as stars in broad daylight'."

The important moment is now. 
That is the only moment you can do anything about as The past is history, the future is not yet here.

They are both dependent on the now as it is dependent on them. It is a gift and that is why we can call it the present. What you do about the gift you have been given is up to you.

Use it wisely.

Thank you for your practice.