“But be warned, oh seeker of knowledge, of the thicket of opinions and of arguing about words. There is nothing to opinions, they may be beautiful or ugly, smart or foolish, everyone can support them or discard them. But the teachings, you’ve heard from me, are no opinion, and their goal is not to explain the world to those who seek knowledge. They have a different goal; their goal is salvation from suffering. This is what Gotama teaches, nothing else.”
The Tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.
The LA Times wrote the following about him: “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Alan Watts had the rare gift of writing beautifully the un-writable. Watts began with scholarship and intellect and proceeded with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit. A fascinating entry into the deepest ways of knowing.
Now I would like to talk about our zazen posture. When you sit in the full lotus position, your left foot is on your right thigh, and your right foot is on your left thigh. When we cross our legs like this, even though we have a right leg and a left leg, they have become one. The position expresses the oneness of duality: not two, and not one. This is the most important teaching: not two, and not one. Our body and mind are not two and not one. If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two and one.
There are three sorts of feelings—pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. When we have an unpleasant feeling, we may want to chase it away. But it is more effective to return to our conscious breathing and just observe it, identifying it silently to ourselves: “Breathing in, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me. Breathing out, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me.” Calling a feeling by its name, such as “anger,” “sorrow,” “joy,” or “happiness,” helps us identify it clearly and recognize it more deeply.
“People believe that a spiritual teacher must provide answers to life’s bigger questions. Yet, the opposite is true. The main task of any good spiritual teacher is not to give answers to your questions. It is to question your answers. This is because of conscious and unconscious assumptions which are beliefs that tend to distort one’s perception. This leads one to separation and division where there is only unity and completion ” ~ Adyashanti
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.” – Buddha
“Refuge to the man is the mind. Refuge to the mind is the Mindfulness.” – Buddha
“What lies behind us & What lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Buddha
“Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.” – Alan Watts
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. – Alan Watts
Koan – What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Today, Try eating mindfully! – Astitva Meditation
Deal with your emotions mindfully – Astitva meditation
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending” – Thich Nhat Hanh
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness can be defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. Thus, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equal or synonymous with them.
Thich Nhat Hanh was born as Nguyen Xual Bao, in the city of Hue in Central Vietnam on 11th October 1926. He came to be well-known as a Vietnamese Thien Buddhist monk and peace activist. He was also the founder of the Plum Village Tradition.