Thrown into the world

617121_4-sezona_kollaj_priroda_four-seasons_6204x3808_www-gde-fon-comReincarnation is a common belief in Eastern philosophy that is becoming more and more accepted within the Western world. Is there any validity to such a belief?

Somehow we find ourselves living in a world, we find ourselves having a particular body in a particular culture, living among countless other beings.  Some we know, most we do not. We look up in at the sky and realize that this universe is wider and more vast than we ever even imaged, and in the midst of all that a question arises within the being;

“why am I here?”

The fact of the matter is that all of the philosophies that has been spewed out throughout the centuries are geared at one thing and one thing only; trying to help justify why “I” exist.  We need a justification for the simple reason that humans do not feel connected to life, we do not intrinsically feel one with life, but feel that somehow “I” have been thrown into this thing called life and now “I” need to either figure out what it is or why “I” am here. Continue reading “Thrown into the world”

Freedom from suffering

sea-ocean-water-sky-horizonIs one who is enlightened freed from all suffering?

What first needs to be looked at is what is meant when the word “suffering” is used.  In everyday language words like pain and suffering are frequently used together to the point where they can almost be used interchangeably.  So, an understanding of what we mean by suffering is is needed.  What needs to be understood is that what is typically referred to as suffering is not present in the world of externals, but only arises from within the depths of the mind.  Essentially, there is no such thing as suffering, meaning that there is no suffering to be found in the actual world outside of ourselves.  Suffering is always self created.  Whereas pain is not merely self created, although there can be times when the experience of physical pain can manifest solely via mental will power. Continue reading “Freedom from suffering”

When the bell sounds

1393708_10201824325757302_121031333_nUmmon said, “The world is vast and wide; why do you put on your seven-piece robe at the sound of the bell?”

(Gateless Gate Case 16)

This is such a beautiful Koan, for I feel it is pointing at a fundamental and beautiful point.

Why do we practice?

Just why is it that we sit?

Why do we face the wall?

What drives us?

What motivates us?

What brought us here in the first place?

What was the trigger?

Was there a trigger?

Does there need to be one? Continue reading “When the bell sounds”