The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man..."
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The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered...
"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
(from his Facebook page)
It's the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.
"You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis..." ~Tyler Durden, Fight Club
"Zen mind is everyday mind. You must keep this mind during every action-eating, talking, playing tennis, watching television. Always keep don't-know mind. What is most important is how you keep your mind at this very moment. Just-now mind. If you have free time, it is good to sit. If you don't have free time, then just do action Zen. But be very careful about wanting enlightenment. This is a bad Zen sickness. When you keep a clear mind, the whole universe is you, you are the universe. So you have already attained enlightenment. Wanting enlightenment is only thinking. It is some thing extra, like painting legs on the picture of a snake. Already the snake is complete as it is. Already the truth is right before your eyes." ~Zen Master Seung Sahn, Dropping Ashes on the Buddah
I concur that the word WANT and the word ENLIGHTENMENT should not be juxtaposed.
To want enlightenment is the surest way to never reach it. Building the wall with every brick-effort.
Well said, Pierre.
There is no way to enlightenment. Enlightenment IS the way.
It's the thinking about it that is self-defeating. That can be hard for people trained to be thinkers... :)
Unlearning how to think is a very long, very difficult process.