|Dharma Meditation Initiative (Pasadena, UCLA, Disclosure Project, Dharma Punx)|
|It's as easy as...It just is. Just be it. No doing.|
At the Dharma Meditation Initiative meetup, we distinguish two Buddhist definitions.
The first is "bringing into being" (bhavana), and the second is "absorption" (zen).
|The 14th Dalai Lama next to the Buddha|
The former is a set of activities and actions; the latter is like sitting in front of a giant sponge and being pulled in.
- Here's a riddle: "What gets wetter the more it dries?"*
|Attitude: This is dumb. I can't DO it!|
When gardening, can a gardener make a plant grow? No.
No gardener can, no gardener ever could -- not in the past, not in the future, and certainly not now. So throw out the idea of doing it. But successful gardeners have grown plants, so how did that happen?
|Plants grow all by themselves -- under the right conditions. Provide those conditions.|
It's very easy: Give it what it needs (the necessary and sufficient conditions), and clear away the hindrances (impediments, obstacles) to its coming into being.
What can I "do"?
|We use bowls, crystals, plant oils, pyramid...|
Trying to "do" meditation or "make" is happen is called over-efforting. Instead, let go; let it happen; allow it.
This word ABSORPTION is very special. It is central to Buddhism -- an essential practice -- now largely forgotten, hidden by cultural overlays or dismissed by the Insight Meditation (vipassana) Movement.
Insight practice is great if one can already call up and enter coherent/concentrated states of serenity (Buddhism's samma samadhi or "right concentration," defined by the Buddha as the first four absorptions).
In various languages the word being translated as "absorption" is zen (Japanese), jhana (the exclusively-Buddhist language Pali), dhyana (Sanskrit), chan (Chinese), seon (Korean), thien (Vietnamese), bsam gtan (Tibetan).
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*Answer to the riddle: sponge, towel, napkin...