Blinded by Thought|Sitting Buddha Hermitage


Many years ago I taught myself to draw utilizing a book called Drawing on the Right Side of theBrain by Betty Edwards Her facility is that anybody who can hold a pencil and make a straight line can draw. Since our believing mind– the left side of the brain– pirates our understanding, The issue is that we do not see what is in front of us.

Look mind believes it currently understands what things appear like which blinds it to the reality.It at a straight-sided mug, for example. But appears to have straight sides with an ellipse on top and a partial ellipse at the bottom.

The if you draw that you get pointy bits where the sides satisfy the bottom and leading edges, whereas in truth these locations are rounded.

Just book consists of a variety of workouts to make you actually take a look at things, such as drawing the irregular areas in between things that the mind can’t rate. When I found out to look, I was astonished at how rapidly my illustration enhanced.Those so with our other observant professors, for instance listening.

Once people who teach will, I’m sure, have had the experience of discussing something completely plainly, and potentially more than as soon as, just to learn later on that a trainee thought we stated something entirely various since that was what they currently had in their mind therefore did not hear what we in fact stated.Just we understand that this is how our mind works we can cultivate the capability to let go of thought and view more plainly. The as I might find out to see and draw more properly, we can end up being conscious of how our ideas can avoid us from hearing what is being stated, or comprehending the truth of a scenario. Shunryu Suzuki following quote from Zen Mind in Beginner, Mind ‘s

In provides us an idea:

the novice’s mind there are lots of possibilities, however in the specialist’s there are couple of.(*)

No Problem | Sitting Buddha Hermitage


What would your life be like if you had no problems? And what if I suggested you that you have no problems? I don’t mean that all the tough stuff stops happening, I mean that it ceases to be a problem for you because you don’t see it as such.

How would you define the term problem? I think it is something along the lines of an unpleasant, unwanted or unexpected situation that is painful or difficult to deal with. It also carries an implicit sense that something is wrong. Maybe I think that something is wrong with me. Or I think that something is wrong with the world that delivered me up this problem.

Notice that this is all taking place in the realm of thought. Whatever the situation that we are facing, it is a coming together of causes and conditions. Just that. It is we who label it problem.

The Buddhist view is that each moment, in its arising, is immaculate, exactly what it needs to be. Our life is unfolding perfectly.

In Rev. Master Jiyu’s diary of her years in Japan, published as The Wild White Goose, there is a passage (p. 44 of the 2002 second edition) that she wrote after experiencing the beginnings of her first kensho (enlightennment experience):

The only thing I can possibly do in order to learn anything is to accept, in blind faith, everything that is happening to me, believing that it is all for my good, whatever it may be.

And there is a footnote to this, which says:

This is probably the most important sentence in the book from the point of view of someone who wishes to learn Zen.

What if you were to take the attitude that everything that happens is for your own good? Even if that seems far-fetched to you at the moment it is at least as valid a view as thinking of life’s difficult situations as problems. And doesn’t it make you feel more open instead of closed down? Doesn’t it make the whole situation more workable? I pose these questions for you to answer from your own experience, if you wish to explore this for yourself.