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Advayavada Study Plan – week 26

[Advayavada Study Plan – week 26] In week 24 we concentrated on mustering our very best effort and commitment to fulfil our improved objective, in week 25 we again made our best possible evaluation of our efforts to date, and, to conclude this quarter’s 13-week Advayavada Study Plan, this week we shall continue to develop and deepen our very best meditation towards samadhi*. This task is based on the eighth step on the Noble Eightfold Path: samma-samadhi (in Pali) or samyak-samadhi (in Sanskrit); in Advayavada Buddhism’s personalized usage: our very best meditation or concentration towards samadhi; in Dutch: onze beste bezinning (de achtste stap op het edele achtvoudige pad).
*Samadhi (Pali and Sanskrit): total or perfect concentration (of the mind, enstasy); total absorption in the object of meditation; the merging of subject and object; realization of the sameness of the part and the whole, of the identity of body and mind, of form and emptiness, of samsara and nirvana, of the immediate and the ultimate; perfect attunement with wondrous overall existence advancing in its manifest direction; oceanic feeling; wonder, awe, rapture; essential purity; deep love and compassion; awareness of our common ground and the innocence of sex. (from advayavada.org/#plan)

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“What is my purpose in life?”

Zen Flash

“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice. “Or when you paid for that young couple in that restaurant? Or when you saved that dog in traffic? Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him?”

“Your problem is that you equate purpose with goal-based achievement. God or the Universe or morality isn’t interested in your achievements… just your heart. When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose. No need to look any further.”

From ~ Note to Self ~

Source: Tao & Zen

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Om Mani Padme Hum

So you want to be a bad ass?

What makes us suffer

Advayavada Study Plan – week 25

[Advayavada Study Plan – week 25] In week 19 we reviewed and took stock of our personal situation and circumstances, in week 20 we took an appropriate and timely decision to adjust our course, in week 21 we put our decision and objective in writing as precisely as possible, in week 22 we further developed our very best attitude to carry out our improved personal objective, in week 23 we implemented our improved way of doing things as best as possible, in week 24 we concentrated on mustering our very best effort and commitment to fulfil our improved objective and, to continue with this quarter’s 13-week Advayavada Study Plan, in week 25 we shall again make our best possible evaluation of our efforts to date. This task is based on the 7th step on the Noble Eightfold Path: samma-sati (in Pali) or samyak-smriti (in Sanskrit); in Advayavada Buddhism’s usage: our very best observation or reflection and self-correction; in Dutch: onze beste aandacht (de zevende stap op het edele achtvoudige pad). Next week is the last step in this 13-week cycle: we shall then continue to develop our very best meditation towards Samadhi and our awareness of Nirvana. (from advayavada.org/#plan)

Carrying mountains

Zen Flash

“These mountains that you are carrying,
you were only supposed to climb..”
~Najwa Zebian

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Delusion and truth

Zen Flash

Why do you so earnestly seekthe truth in distant places?

Look for delusion and truth in the
bottom of your own heart.

~ Ryokan ~
painting by Haruyo Morita

— with Ungelo Dao

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Do not ask me where I am going

Zen Flash

Do not ask me where I am going
as I travel in this limitless world
where every step I take is my home

~ Dogen ~
painting: Tsuchiya Koitsu, 19.c.

Zen, Tao, Chan

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If you understand, things are just as they are

Zen Flash

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

~ Zen Proverb


artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu
— with Deba Behura, Alfonso Aldunate Salazar and Rocio Hurtado Alcala.

Zen, Tao, Chan

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