Erich Fromm says...

“A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence - briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing - cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sa

Bruce Lee | Note from the past

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In other word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.” ~ Bruce Lee "In 1963, my father, Bruce Lee, gave my mother, Linda a photo of himself with a note on

What is the most useful tool in your household?

Garbage bin. Contemplate on this. You can live without your TV, your phone, even your fridge. Imagine a life without a garbage bin. What's the most important thing about the garbage bin? That you must empty it every once in a while. With all the garbage and information overflow in our day to day lives, guess which organ in our bodies has effectively turned into a garbage bin? Yes, you need to empty your mind every once in a while. Relax, breathe, enjoy "being" - this is what

My Collection of Life Rules

Originally posted on Aug 14, 2007 Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. When you say, "I love you," mean it. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye. Be engaged at least six months before you get married. Believe in love at first sight. Never laugh at anyone

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

Secret Wisdom

Every now and then I read the stuff that I preach on some book or magazine. Most of the time it comes as a relief, that I'm not as insane as I sometimes believe to be. Then again, sometimes I feel like "that's my thing, that's what I've been telling people all this time, this is my theory". Then almost as instantaneous as this thought, another one rises to the surface: "hey, that's what the theory was about; that everybody should see, understand, echo, believe, think and act"

Said the Chessire Cat

"... thought Alice, and she went on. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where –" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "– so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough." #philosophy

The OverSoul

"We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world


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