meditation, zazen, Zen Poetry

Before Meditating: A Reminder to Self (or, just what the Self always wanted)

 

Ouroboros-dragon-serpent-snake-symbol

although here a body sits
on the cushion “I” don’t exist
“My” thoughts are self-feeding
not something worth heeding
like this bird chatter that natters-
not a thing that matters

the mind holding fast
to future and past
can cease to hold sway
’til some other day
For now this body that sits.
Is not that…..  is THIS

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poetry, zen, Zen Poetry

Apprehending Beauty

Trailing Arbutus

March 31

Walking the power line cut
through dormant scrub oak and sweet fern
the shaly terrain full of briars and ticks
and there you are:
Trailing Arbutus, ephemeral harbinger of the season
Your prostrate form, tiny white flowers, and simple evergreen leaves
adorning this bleak scene.
Am I the only person who will see you?
Appreciate your brave arrival in this not-yet-Spring-time?
 
And beauty?……
Is it a thing out There?
Mere perception?
Do other creatures feel some difference in the wind or humidity?
Do they revel in the minute changes on the mountain?
Perhaps for them beauty is just
flitting, crawling, eating, mating
Being

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Useless Advice

How Long Should I Sit?: A Modern Koan

So you’ve come to Nozenmaster for sitting advice?  Well, then hold on to your wallet, grasshopper, because I have the answer you have been seeking.

First ask yourself: How many times a day do I fart?  Then, multiply the answer by the amount of un-enlightenment you currently possess. (If you’re not sure, ask a meditation teacher, your spouse, partner, sibling or dog) This should give you the appropriate number of minutes per day to sit. Then, be sure to keep score. Keeping a log of all your progress, vis-a-vis number of minutes or seconds of non-distracted thought during each sitting, will allow you to compare yourself to the less-enlightened beings who wander in ignorance just bumping into things. Also be sure to write down the level of peace and/or elation felt during or after each sitting.  If your minutes of non-distraction, peace or happiness is satisfactory, then you’re cushion time is Just Right. If it starts to slip, Sit More! When your total combined meditation score reaches one kalpa, you will be fully enlightened. Congratulations!  You have now surpassed Nozenmaster, which is Nofrikkinpossible!  How could You be better than Me?!….  In the meantime, if someone cuts you off in traffic and you find yourself just smiling or not even really noticing, you may be making “progress”… or maybe you’re just too damn tired to care, or possibly stoned.  In either case, get off the freakin’ road!  That’s my advice and I’m stickin’ to it.

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Zen Poetry

Meditation to Find Yourself

pics from pc718

If you’re looking for transformation

go to a gym or a hair stylist or a “life coach”

because the zafu cushion is a circle of deception.

You may experience flashes,

moments that stretch out and out and out….

into a taste of timelessness without reference-

a fleeting feeling of dissolution that gels

into this temporarily aware tendril

trying to hold onto that evanescent ether.

Then the aching knees or hips or heart

reassemble into

just you.

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