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There's Humor On The Road To Enlightenment

There's Humor On The Road To Enlightenment | Mindful | Scoop.it

"At 7,000 feet, the Zen monastery where I live is level with the clouds, which should give you some idea of where my head usually is—not to mention the heads of those who visit our grounds. Let’s talk about them. "


" You try to get to the bottom of yourself, to catch your mind in the act of coming up with you, or vice versa, and it’s as though you’ve wandered into an M. C. Escher sketch of a house of mirrors, the subject lost in an infinite regression of reflections."

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The path of enlightenment is strewn with the humor we find when we earnestly look at who we are, sometimes the humor emerges in the form of deep belly laughs and sometimes it emerges as a tear in the corner of one's eye.


Using the pen name of Shozan Jack Haubner a Zen monk lays bare many of his insights about the mindfulness practice of meditation. He takes us on a brief journey into his past while keeping one foot firmly in the present.


This article is somewhat long but well worth reading for both beginners and seasoned practitioners of mindfulness and meditation. Read all of it: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment.

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Thomas Merton shared his thoughts on Mindfulness

by Stephen Damon. Yesterday, while shelving books at my bookstore I noticed a slender book, Thoughts on the East, by Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk who, among other things, helped bring Buddhism to America in the ...


Mindfulness and Zen have been popping up in towns and cities in the west now for well over 50 years and for many I suspect it is hard to think of a time when the concept of mindfulness as we now know it was virtually nonexistent here in the west.


It was people like Alan Watts and Thomas Merton who helped open the minds of many to the possibility of seeing things differently than before, of seeing a reality that most had missed as they went through their daily routines.


It's rarely a good time to share unorthodox thoughts, the powers that be frown on it but, Merton and Watts took the courageous step and did share unorthodox thinking about meditation and mindfulness.

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Zen Meets Alice, Nothing Is As It Seems

Zen Meets Alice, Nothing Is As It Seems | Mindful | Scoop.it

Take one part Alice and sprinkle liberally some easy to digest Zen commentary and what do you have? Why you have a bowl of stew that tastes not at all how you thought it would taste."


"At first I thought Wonderland the Zen of Alice moved really slow and failed to pull me in to what it was trying to say, but right before my eyes as I turned a page it blossomed into an interesting and engaging read. Wonderland the Zen of Alice is a small book (102 pages) that you can read a couple of times without working up a sweat."

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Life may not be easily understood yet it really is not very complicated once we get out of our own way. Seeing that it is us who have constructed our view of reality things seem to make more sense.


Whats it take to make more sense? Well in Wonderland Buddha is quoted as saying being "dedicated" is what it takes. Can there be anything more simple than taking one step after another after another?  Now that's dedication and reality all in one shoe.

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