"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

October 4, 2011

"What is this?" A Koan to Bring You Home

"We can't wake up simply by wishing to.  Without specific, ongoing effort we will continue to sleepwalk through our self-centered dream. Genuine awakening requires bringing attention repeatedly to the present moment of our life.

One laserlike tool to help us do this is the practice of continually asking ourselves, 'What is this?' Used in this way, the question become a koan, and as with all koans, the 'answer' can never be conceptual.

Don't try to analyze what the moment is about.  Instead, fully feel the texture of what your life truly is right now. The only real answer to the question 'What is this?' is your immediate expereince itself."

Ezra Bayda
Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts)
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