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Friday, December 31, 2004
Old joke - stop me if you've heard this one . . .
The hot dog vendor fixes a hot dog and hands it to the Zen Master, who pays with a $20 bill.
The vendor puts the bill in the cash box and closes it. "Where's my change?" asks the Zen Master.
The vendor responds, "Change must come from within."
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Time is empty.
So the New Year is not the New Year.
The New Year is also empty, only made by your thinking.
So the New Year is not necessary.'
Monday, December 27, 2004
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Zen Mind International is for beginners of all ages and religions. It is an international web site dedicated to teaching people about meditation and Buddhism in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Hungarian.Feel free to read it in only one language. There's also a glossary of Buddhist terms.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
"What is true happiness? What is sadness?" Not moving. This mind is very important.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
The memes of most religions are not compatible with science, but some kinds of spiritual practice are. Zen practice and science have much in common and each may benefit from the other. They may even lead to some of the same insights about self, mind and consciousness.So begins this short but well written article. Dr. Blackmore asks:
And what about the world that I seem to see out there? Research on change blindness, inattentional blindness, and the timing of awareness all suggests that the visual world is a grand illusion (Noë 2002). There really is no picture in the head, even though psychology and cognitive science have long assumed there must be. What then do I see? According to the sensorimotor theory of vision, seeing is not building a picture of the world but is a kind of doing; a mastery of the relationships between what this body does and the way the world responds (O’Regan and Noë 2001).
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Working Zen, motorcycle Zen, tennis Zen, walking-in-the-park-smiling Zen. At war with what's too long and too short, the simple truth is obscured. Even though the word "Zen" is used in the zazen halls, what is it?Interesting site. Check out the articles section, including many by Thich Nhat Hanh
Monday, December 20, 2004
unconscious sensitivity is able to discern the image of a trunk and branches of a tree within the Zen garden's pattern of rocks and stones. Viewed from the verandah, the image is apparent to the subconscious but is invisible to the eye.
Friday, December 17, 2004
'Floating Logos' is a working title for this project. The images are inspired by signs perched high atop very tall poles in order for people to view them from a very long distance. The poles are digitally removed from the image in order to give the illusion that the signs are disconnected from the ground as they ominously float above us.Pretty cool pictures, eerie. [via]
Thursday, December 16, 2004
For Zen students there's no work time and leisure time; there's just lifetime, daytime and nighttime. Work is something deep and dignified—it's what we are born to do and what we feel most fulfilled in doing
the whole idea of Zen music is that you're completely united with the sound. You're not distracted, not doing something else, or thinking something else.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
A collection of over 500 grocery lists that were tossed away -- found in the trash and on the street -- that have been found by the collector, Bill Keaggy, and his readers.
The lists are beguiling. Some are funny; others tragic. From the paper that is chosen, the handwriting, the spelling and the items listed we learn intimate things about strangers.
Says Bill about what he has learned:
More people than I thought like onions. Mayonnaise is difficult to spell. So is banana, apparently. And anchovies. And yogurt. There are a lot of notepads out there touting the greatness of numerous bizarrely-named pharmaceuticals. I used to think my handwriting was lame. Now I don't. And lastly, very few people leave their grocery lists in the cart like they should.
Travelling through the vast website feels, itself, like a haiku experience with its peaceful graphics and slow transitions when you click to a new page.
Zen and the Art of Corporate Productivity; More companies are battling employee stress with meditation
Sometimes meditation classes are offered as a gesture of thanks for a job well done. Consider AOL Time Warner Inc., where the sales and marketing group was reduced from 850 to 500 people three years ago. Meditation classes were incorporated to help employees deal with the new 12-hour days.Perhaps through meditation the remaining 500 workers will come to realize that working for AOL Time Warner 12 hours a day isn't what they want after all.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Like the way of Zen, which includes understanding of oneself as one really is, Miller encourages job seekers and those dissatisfied with work or life to examine their beliefs about work and recognize that, "in many cases your beliefs are what brought you to where you are today."The 7 steps, which are described more in the article, are:
Step 1: Willingness to do something different.
Step 2: Commitment to being who you are, not who or what someone wants you to be.
Step 3: Self-definition.
Step 4: Attain a level of self-honoring.
Step 5: Vision.
Step 6: Appropriate risk.
Step 7: Action.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Friday, December 10, 2004
We wanted to create a wonderful holiday scent that would become a timeless classic. Soft bright notes of fig, and green tea perfectly blended with siberian fir round out the top and heart notes of this unique aroma. We added some traditional oriental notes of warm vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang. This wonderful scent is quickly going to become your favorite and your customers as well.Ho, ho, mu.