Daily Zen Meditation for Friday, June 15th

Daily Zen Meditation for June 15

“One who speaks does not know; one know knows does not speak.”
Thus I have been instructed by the Old Master. If you tell me the Old Master was one who knew,
I ask,
Why did he write five thousand words to explain it?

– Po Chu-I (772-846)

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Driving Meditation

Driving Meditation

  • Annie B. Bond

If you feel as if you have no time to meditate but have a long commute, try this Driving Meditation, by former Zen monk and teacher in the Soto Zen who has worked directly with the Dalai Lama.

To practice Moving Meditation you must fully accept where you now find yourself, here in your car. Divest yourself of all expectations, standards of comparison and technique, take that clear, observing, unobserving, unobstructed state of being, and keep on driving!

Now, instead of sitting erect and attentive in a quiet stationary place like a zendo or meditation hall, you are now sitting erect and attentive in your moving vehicle. You are now meditation as you move along. Do not be ruled by anything inside or outside you.

See and experience without intrusion, but when an intrusion does rear its ugly head in the form of anger, an opinion, some driver cutting you off, simply acknowledge the stray image and return your focus to being aware of everything around you. Now, driving along, be intimately involved in the action and be aware that everything around you is happening for the first time.

Everything is constantly changing, each traffic situation requiring its own set of responses. Nothing is left to rote. Keep your mind, body and senses wide awake, and as you drive along know that all that you see is as new as a baby’s smile, no matter how many times you think you have seen it before.

Try this. Spend an afternoon-walking, driving, eating-all experienced as if for the first time. Fresh, new, open.

Adapted from The Tao of Now, by Josh Baran (Hampton Roads, 2008).

Make A Zen Garden

A miniature Zen garden provides an excellent focus for meditation. To make one you will require a shallow dish, some sand, and some natural objects for the “features” (such as stones, leaves or small twigs).  Choose these objects with care, bearing in mind that natural forms are sacred in Zen. Place the sand in the dish and position the features in a pleasing formation. Use your fingers to create wave-like patterns around each object, echoing the way in which water eddies around rocks and islands. When you meditate on your Zen garden, notice the paradoxical suggestion of stillness and movement that the effect creates.

Zen Thoughts … for those who take life too seriously (Humorous)

Zen Thoughts … for those who take life too seriously

  • I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
  • A day without sunshine is like…, night.
  • On the other hand, you have different fingers.
  • I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
  • 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
  • 99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name.
  • I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
  • Honk if you love peace and quiet.
  • Remember, half the people you know are below average.
  • He who laughs last thinks slowest.
  • Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
  • The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  • I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
  • Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.
  • Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
  • Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
  • Always try to be modest, and be proud of it!
  • If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
  • OK,….. so what’s the speed of dark?
  • How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  • When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  • Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.
  • If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
  • Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
  • What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

 

And your final Zen thought for the day….. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

Daily Zen Meditation for 3/29

Far, far, the mountain path is steep
Thousands of feet up,
The pass is dangerous and narrow
On the stone bridge the moss and lichen green
From time to time, a sliver of cloud flying
Cascades hang like skeins of silk
Image of the moon from the deep pool shining
Once more to the top of Flowering Peak
There waiting, still
The coming of the solitary crane.


– Shih Te (c 730)