Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, February 27, 2011

What Do You See?




I woke up at 2:30 this morning with super sinus, super allergy, super stopped up, super pollen, super nose! Only able to breathe through my mouth. I'm not a mouth breather when it comes to sleeping. So I just put the ear plugs in and listened to a talk on Mu from my Ipod.

 I got hooked on the "non-discriminating mind". 


Well, I like to always have a picture that kind of speaks to what I am trying to talk about. I think in some way that is actualizing the fundamental point, if you get my drift here.

Well, in looking for this picture, I'm wondering if I haven't stumbled across something?


I'm not going to say anymore about this.


Bows,
Alan



Sunday, February 20, 2011

MORNING RITUAL (HAIBUN # 4)


I WALK UP THE STAIRS, STAND IN FRONT OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE ROOM, BOW FROM THE WAIST, WALK INTO THE ROOM, LIGHT THE CANDLE, LIGHT THE INCENSE, BOW AGAIN, TURN TO THE CUSHION AND BOW AGAIN, TAKE MY PLACE ON THE CUSHION, RING THE BELL THREE TIMES, TAKING A DEEP BREATH, EXHALING, SETTLING MY EYES ON THE WALL,
"MU"

IN FRONT OF THE GATE,
STILL CANNOT FIND THE HANDLE.
HALF LOTUS AGAIN.

BOWS,
ALAN

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Zen Masters Disguised as CPR Teachers


Yesterday we had our annual in-service for CPR. So I'm sitting at the table with the "dummy" in front of me, listening to the teacher explain: 


"We are going to do this today without all the story and just get to the point." 


Did you get that? 


Genjokoan and CPR! 


There it was. One of those kind of moments when the pebble hits the bamboo and "ping!"...


No, I didn't wake up but I was glad that my mind and body were awake enough to hear the truth of Zen in an everyday conversation.


That's it. Nothing more to say here. Just thought this was kind of cool!


Bows,
Alan

Thursday, February 3, 2011

No space






Nothing in between.
What is the name of this space?
Show me, don't tell me

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Haibun #2 - Two Sided Coin

I have found the joy of being a grandfather but no one ever told me about the anxiety and fear that come with such love. Foolish me! How does one over come the flip side of this beautiful coin? I will love you and celebrate you Caroline until life tells me to do otherwise!

I see your pictures,
I want to see the real you.
Holding you Friday