I’m heading out on another 10-day Vipassana meditation (S.N. Goenka, for those of you into Vipassana). I leave today, and soon I’ll be completely offline. (We all literally check our cell phones at the door, and we don’t see them again for ten days.) You’ll still see some blog posts show up, however, because I’ve done some writing in advance and scheduled a few posts ahead of time, a few simple reflections on meditation and retreats and whatnot. It’s possible that you’re reading this, and a 10-day retreat sounds quite impressive. I’m more than happy to take any and all of your compliments and admiration, but in truth I’m only able to do a 10 days because I’ve been meditating for a very long time. When I first began meditating, I wasn’t a natural.
When silent illumination is fulfilled, the lotus blossoms, the dreamer awakens, A hundred streams flow into the ocean, a thousand ranges face the highest peak. One of the books I am currently reading is The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings of the Zen Practice of Shikantaza by John Daido Loori.
A video of a prayer and meditation flash mob. It certainly sounds like a contradiction of terms! From: http://ping.fm/KVRmF
“An unruly mind causes unhappiness and suffering.” – The Dalai Lama
In Becoming Enlightened, the Dalia Lama is a teacher, plotting out the path to the Buddhist understanding of spiritual development. His Holiness presents a step-by-step, analytic approach to the Buddhist spiritual path that is both practical as well as accessible to non-Buddhists.