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October 14, 2014


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This posting really hit home, because focus (I called it motivation) is something I've thought about for a long time. It's clear, after many Zen Buddhism courses, that Zen is just another game for most-if not all-of the persons who show up in class to hear the Dharma. It is frankly hilarious to imagine a Westerner, who has been brought up in an entirely different way of thinking, gulping down the so-called Buddhist Cosmology and walking up there to make vows and take Precepts like some trained dog. But that's exactly what goes on here. Yeah, that's pretty cynical of me to say. But I don't take Precepts because I actually take them seriously and can't keep them. (Ever copied a song or a bit of software? That's stealing.) I refuse to pick and choose from a Buddhist Buffet of Beliefs and Practices. And, I refuse to recondition rather than de-condition. That's my first comment.

My second is this: motivation comes from within...and it might even come from past lives. The teacher known as Adyashanti, for example, had a good life, fine parents, an ordinary job and almost no formal education, but he had "awake" experiences as a kid, and when as a teenager, he came across the word "enlightenment" in a book it was like lighting a fire under him. He was just so damned uncomfortable that he had to find out what "reality" was, what "enlightenment" was. That discomfort, that chronic dissatisfaction is a GIFT, not a curse. Without it, Maya gets us...every time. We "settle." It's only going--as you did--right to the end of your tether & dropping off that anyone gets anywhere with it. Not by re-programming, not by any amount of conceptual learning. Leaping into the unknown is something almost no one is willing to do, and that accounts for the cycle of Samsara.

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