#boeddha

no borders

Posted on mrt 4, 2020

Als een gewoon mens ontwaakt,
noemen we die een Boeddha.

En als een Boeddha in slaap valt,
noemen we die een gewoon mens.

Huineng

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rennen in een rijdende trein

Posted on okt 10, 2019

Als je zazen-medidatie nuttig noemt
klopt er iets niet helemaal.
Zazen is niets bijzonders.
Je hoeft er niet eens dankbaar voor te zijn.

Wil je een boeddha worden?
Dat is zonde van de moeite.
Nu is gewoon nu.
Jij bent gewoon jij.

Als je een boeddha wilt worden
door zazen te beoefenen
is dat alsof je in een trein naar huis zit
en zoveel haast hebt om thuis te komen
dat je al binnen in de trein
begint te rennen.

Kōdō Sawaki Rōshi

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niets bijzonders

Posted on feb 4, 2018

Now, this buddha nature that we talk about is not something mysterious or arcane. Buddha just means “awake,” “one who is awake.” So we find out how to align ourselves, how to be awake and to align ourselves with our true intention, with our true being, with the wisdom and compassion that is already inherent in each being, including you. You are not the one single exception to the fact that all beings are buddhas. You are not that exceptional.

Zenkei Blanche Hartman

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als een kikker

Posted on nov 30, 2017

Sengai said, “If frog,” you know, “if someone can be a buddha, I – maybe I can be a buddha too.” [Laughing.] Frog was sitting like this [probably gestures] [laughs, laughter]. “If people can be a buddha by practice of sitting, then I can be [laughs] – soon I will be a buddha” [laughs]. For the people who knows what is actual practice, you know, even though they don’t experience enlightenment experience, if he sees someone who, you know, who is sitting to attain enlightenment [laughs], we think he is like a frog sitting [laughs]. …

if you understand what Sengai is feeling when, you know, you see a picture of a frog, you are already, you know, Zen – you have already understood what is Zen. There [is a] lot of humor in it, and there is good understanding of our practice. Even though our practice is – is not better than frog, you know, we will continue to sit. And we can accept a frog as our good example of practice.

I think that is a kind of enlightenment, but if – you should know how you, you know, actually understand a frog. Sengai, you know, drew – after, you know, practicing pretty long time [laughs], you will, you know, partly laugh – laugh at someone who is involved in wrong idea of practice, and partly you will, you know, laugh at yourself [laughs] who is sitting always [laughs] without doing anything – without making not much progress. You will laugh at yourself. When you can laugh, you know, at yourself, humorously, then there is, you know, enlightenment. But still, your zazen is beginner’s zazen or sometimes worse than beginner’s zazen [laughs].

Shunryu Suzuki

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