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Feb 16
Do not try to become anything.Do not make yourself into anything.Do not be a meditator.Do not become enlightened.When you sit, let it be.What you walk, let it be.Grasp at nothing.Resist nothing.If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate.
Ajahn Chah

Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
What you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.
If you haven’t wept deeply, 
you haven’t begun to meditate.

Ajahn Chah


5
Oct 02

hemptiness is fullness and fullness is hemptiness

by Chad Venture

Congratulations and hemp hemp hooray to California for finally re-legalizing hemp.. It’s about time !! It was almost exactly a year ago today that I laughed at myself loudly as I walked out of San Francisco airport terminal after my flight from London, having just almost had my life turned upside down on the conveyor belt by the customs oomph loompas. I could not tell a lie, I had declared that I had inadvertently packed some apples and pairs in my luggage that went into the cargo hold, having meant for it to be in my hand luggage so at to survive without the constipatory inflight fodder. What I failed to mention were the raw, living, sproutable, still in their shell, and contentiously illegal hemp seeds also in my luggage. Unbeknownst to customs, it was customary for me upon returning from Europe (where sprout able hemp seed is perfectly legal) to USA to bring a bag of hemp seeds. I would usually sprout them in cold water overnight, and throw them into the blender to make ‘living’ hemp milk in the morning. Sometimes I would throw some pomegranate seeds or a banana in to add a little extra something, and occasionally I would ‘accidentally’ throw a few sprouted hemp seed into some nearby park or other patch of earth that I happened to be walking by, for a laugh. 

On this particular occasion, as the customs oompah loompahs opened my luggage, hundreds of hemp seeds came cascaded out loose from a ruptured plastic bag they were in and noisily scattered and danced across the conveyor belt, where the customs had just re-X-rayed my luggage, and onto the airport floor. 

Miraculously (or maybe it was the inner recital of Ganesha mantra) the customs oomph loompahs waved me on through the exit door, seemingly completely oblivious to the mess I had made with the seeds scattered everywhere, and what was more they did not notice the hemp seeds stuck all over the very mashed up pears as I handed them over. 

Perhaps they were also oblivious to the fact that the law against raw, living sproutable hemp seed in the USA is a laugh-out-loudable absurdity, when the Constitution of the USA is written on hemp, when early Americans were required to each grow at least one acre of hemp, when Henry Ford built a car out of hemp, when growing hemp can help mitigate the effects of damaging radioactive fallout, when it can be used to construct buildings in the form of pressed bricks, when it can be planted in soil that is depleted as it doesn’t ask for much in return, when it can help feed, cloth, and give shelter to a people. Highly ironic that hemp has been made Iegal in these last few days, as our government shuts down and, it seems, the USA might be officially running out of money later this month. 

Oh yes, some even say that the Buddha got through rough, austere times and attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree while surviving on one hemp seed a day. 

Hemptiness is fullness, and fullness is hemptiness.


7
Sep 24
Properly applied Zen practice allows you to gain control of your own mind and view reality without all the justifications & mental verbalization that support a self centered bias. This can be therapeutic but as said, it doesn’t support conformity with a maladjusted social system. It also doesn’t automatically give you all the information you’ll ever need. It can however make you a much better student.

56
Aug 01

15
Jul 26

The single nature of mind

The following is the introduction to the means of experiencing this single nature of mind through the application of three considerations:

First, recognize that past thoughts are traceless, clear, and empty,
Second, recognize that future thoughts are unproduced and fresh,
And third, recognize that the present moment abides naturally and unconstructed.

When this ordinary, momentary consciousness is examined nakedly and directly by oneself,
Upon examination, it is a radiant awareness,
Which is free from the presence of an observer,
Manifestly stark and clear,
Completely empty and uncreated in all respects,
Lucid, without duality of radiance and emptiness,
Not permanent, for it is lacking inherent existence in all respects,
Not a mere nothingness, for it is radiant and clear,
Not a single entity, for it is clearly perceptible as a multiplicity,
Yet not existing inherently as a multiplicity, for it is indivisible and of a single savor.
This intrinsic awareness, which is not extraneously derived,
Is itself the genuine introduction to the abiding nature of all things.


3
Jul 24

Dr. Quantum - Flatland!  A fun cartoon illustrating basic dimensional understanding…


707
Jul 24

5
Jul 24

Great music from Zen Baboon, free download of this live EP…holla


32
Jul 23
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will have to transcend a personal god and avoid dogma and theology. Encompassing both the natural and spiritual, it will have to be based on the religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, considered as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description…if there is any religion that can respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.
Albert Einstein

18
Jul 23

Dr. Quantum - The Real Self Behind the Ego


5
Jul 23
Link: Imagine You’re Enlightened

2
Jul 23
Wonderful set of images by Elma Okic from her travels in the beautiful land of Nepal…

Wonderful set of images by Elma Okic from her travels in the beautiful land of Nepal…


6
Jul 23

Kayak Project - Zema Lasu (…& So It Goes)

109 plays

30
Jul 23

23
Jul 22
This is a wonderful day. I have never seen it before.
Maya Angelou


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