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Meditation Handbook

A student helping student project Meditation is Inner Astronomy. by Christopher Calder -You discover the stars, the moon, and the sun are all inside you What is Meditation? Most dictionaries define the Western (Jewish, Christian, Islamic) meaning of the word 'meditation,' but usually do not describe the Eastern (Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist) concept of meditation. The most appropriate dictionary definition I could find reads as follows. "If you meditate, you give your attent

Do vs Jitsu / Jutsu

First let's talk about the words Jitsu vs. Jutsu Jitsu is a Kanji that is used as "honesty" or "truth" -- such as "jitsu-wa" ("to tell the truth"). Jutsu is the Kanji used for "use of technique" or "means" or "method." The Hirigana for "ju" kanji is written "Ji-Yu" and pronounced "Ju" and means "gentle" or "supple." Thus JuJutsu means the Gentle Method while JuJitsu means the True Technique or Method of Light. When one consides what "do" means (way, Tao), a Jitsu is a very ap

Are you another one? Or are you just like the other one?

So, what happened? You've never had a computer in your life and your nearest out of body experience to having a computer was the movie Matrix. And Apple sold you a laptop. How did that happen? You paid more than a thousand dollars for something you barely use. And when you do, your greatest achievement seems to be a venture to FaceBook-land; maybe some farming; some tweet-chat; youtube maybe... nice. So what happened? You went to SlutBucks a few times, took it to CentralMeado

Meditation Is Not Medicine

If you practice meditation with a certain purpose; an expectation; like a task at the end of which you will be granted eternal happiness and wealth; or to ease your daily routines; you will most probably fail and what more: you will probably lose your self confidence, your faith in yourself and start looking elsewhere for happiness. Just like a person who became overweight because of ignorance, and tries to get rid of that burden by being more ignorant and looking for that ma

The Last Question

One of my favorite short stories by Isaac Asimov The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five-dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way: Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face -- miles and miles of

Zazen is a Method not an End in itself

Ma-tsu was doing Zazen daily in his hut on Nan-yueh Mountain. Watching him one day, Huai-jang (Nanyue Huairang, Nangaku Ejo) 677-744, his master, thought, “He will become a great monk,” and inquired: “Worthy one, what are you trying to attain by sitting?” Ma-tsu replied: “I am trying to become a Buddha.” Thereupon Huai-jang picked up a piece of roof tile and began grinding it on a rock in front of him. “What are you doing, Master?” asked Ma-tsu. “I am polishing

Shikantaza

Originally posted on May 21, 2001 In Zen they have a practice which they call shikantaza. And of course, even to call it a practice is already misleading, because it actually means "doing nothing." The literal translation of it is "just sitting." What does it mean? One way of approaching it is to realize that in everything else we do there is some kind of goal or activity. We meditate in order to become enlightened, or we go to work in order to make money, or we go out wit