Lesson: Awareness of thought is the key to zazen. Awareness is like a mirror. Consider that a mirror has no preference for what appears before it: it simply sees whatever has arisen in its view. The mirror does not say to you in the morning, “Oh, you look like hell.” It simply reflects tousled hair, puffy eyes, droopy mouth. There is no judgment just as the sky does not comment on the clouds passing by. Just a clear-eyed seeing and generous acceptance of what is.
Practice for today: Practice activating mirror-like awareness today: just seeing what is without preference or judgment. Bare bones. Activate your innate capacity for generous acceptance towards all of your thoughts. Have a great weekend!
Mirrors and jurors
I hope the mirror is panoramic in all directions!
And I realize that putting awareness into words starts to shrink it or brings more suspicion about the ego (instead of letting it just be – monkey). Thank you for the assignment, reflection is fun. Hopefully I’ll forget everything I find out and just go on with the life!
As far as judgement is concerned here is what I find… spheres at play, intersecting, separating, bouncing…
1. Knowing or not-knowing. For me it is the experience of just knowing about reality or opening oneself to know about reality. It is not a deductive process and it is not guess work either. It’s when your whole being knows, not just the mind (as in learned knowledge). it’s like a transfusion or even food or jumping in water.
2. Judgement is unreal and it’s one ego-widget this ego is very fond of. The ego built itself a nice judgement toolbox overtime. I was raised in France and the french know about judgement! Judgement is some big guns of the ego. Paintballs. Circus. Sit up straight please.
3. Dharma inspiration, right intention, right speech, patience, wisdom, morals, generosity, good manners. Through the dharma I’m inspired to let the ego just be for what it’s worth and act according to my essence. Action is always discriminating but when it’s based on sound knowing of reality without ego noise (prejudice, preferences, pleasure principles etc) we are fulfilled and in harmony with the universe.
This arose and I have a question: if a teaching is nicely wrapped and you need that teaching to open the wrapping. what do you do?
Thanks for indulging me in the philosophizing! Throw it away!