Thursday, March 20, 2008

March 20, 2008 Contemplation

Since lately I've had very little time to devote to writing, I've decided to start a regular feature wherein I'll post a scriptural reference to contemplate.

Instructions: Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 3, and out for a count of 4. Open your eyes and read the contemplation below. Read it several times if you wish. Then, click on the link to begin a 2-minute session in which you can contemplate the saying I have posted. The timer will begin automatically, and an audible sound will mark the end of the session (so wear headphones if you're at work!).

Close your eyes, and contemplate the saying along the following lines, "How can I apply this to my life?" "Have I seen evidence to support this author's statement? Where?" "If what I've seen contradicts this author's statement, could s/he have meant something else?"


In response to Huike, a future Zen Patriarch, looking around everywhere for the truth, Master Linju asked him, "How come you keep looking for a head when you have a head already?"
-- Master Linji, The Record of Master Linji, #21

Begin 2-minute meditation now


Frank said...

I do like this metaphor put forth by Master Linji. Truth is not something to be found with a journey. Truth is to be discovered within ones self. Truth, to me, is a matter of opinion, especially when it comes to beliefs. People, and this includes myself, can lose precious moments of life by having too many questions instead of relishing in the uncertainties or the unexplainable.
The key to life, which I am finding out, is not to have the answers for why things are, but the key to life is merely to live, and live well.