By Jack Kornfield, Paul Breiter
Buddhist grasp Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a woodland monastery of Thailand. This impressive ebook displays his easy and strong message in addition to the quiet, pleased Buddhist perform of dhudanga, or "everyday mindfulness," with profound insights for the West.
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When you read the word God here, it could just as easily be replaced with ISness, Being, Suchness, Stillness, Emptiness—Everything Mind—and still have the same meaning. To again quote the brilliant Meister Eckhart, “I pray God to rid me of God,” by which I believe he meant: may all concepts about God be removed so She or He or It can be directly experienced as a living reality. ”6 To break that down, Eckhart is saying that God is in every single thing, just as every single thing is in God, because God is “separate from all twoness,” which can also be understood as panentheism.
I write from this place of vulnerability because I want you to see me in all my humanity—all of it. I am a real person who would never pretend I have all the answers or this life thing entirely figured out. I don’t. On top of that, I have no shortage of flaws, though I do try my best to be a little better each day, and I think there’s something to be said for that. It’s important for me to be real with you about this because I hope it encourages you to be real with yourself while doing whatever you need to in order to be a little better each day as well.
Our triumphs and heartbreaks, joys and suffering, the light and the dark—all are equally suitable teachers and lessons. Zen Buddhist teacher and poet Thich Nhat Hanh is famously quoted as saying, “No mud, no lotus,” which means that our best selves grow out of our darkest places—our pain and suffering. Experiencing life from the place of Everything Mind allows us to lay aside our fears of right or wrong thoughts and emotions. Then, we can begin to compassionately, and even humorously (at times), work with and through all of them with open and courageous hearts and minds.