Some thoughts on Mind

“Mind precedes all mental states, mind is their chief, they are all mind-wrought.” Dhammapada

“When you understand mind, you understand everything.” Master Nagarjuna

“JORIKI is the power or strength which arises when the mind has been unified and brought to one-pointedness in Zazen concentration. This is more than the ability to concentrate in the usual sense of the word. It is a dynamic power which, once mobilized, enables us even in the most sudden and unexpected situations to act instantly, without pausing to collect out wits, and in a manner wholly appropriate to the circumstances. One who has developed Joriki is no longer a slave to his passions, neither is he at the mercy of his environment. Always in command of both himself and the circumstances of his life, he is able to move with perfect freedom and equanimity. The cultivation of certain supranormal powers is also made possible by Joriki, as is the state in which the mind becomes like clear, still water.”

“The universe is mental” Hermes Tresmegistus. Compare joriki to alpha wave workings, magic, prayer, intentions, positive thought, hypnosis. Exploring the possibilites of impacting our environment, how far outward from ourselves are we able to impose our will? The farther out the more diffuse, but if more inline with the universal good, then the more impactful, and far reaching.

However, as stated in the Tao Te Ching, “a strength overused, quickly becomes a weakness.” So, in actuality to start with the body, which is by comparison easy to train, and stay on a physical conditioning program, then begin the intense training of the mind. This is a good start on the path.

I believe training in this way enhances mind-body attunement, first simply by the sheer nature of paying attention to these areas, but then most especially in working to improve their capabilities.

In essence, attuning frequencies of body, mind, character, others, universe, samsara, all, what is the highest good one can do?



Zen Flash

HH-Chadral-RinpocheTo obtain real peace and happiness in this world one has simply to follow the path of ahimsa –nonviolence– which is common to all religions. If we do not like to experience any pain or suffering of any kind, how can we expect any other creature, whether big or small, to feel otherwise?

There is no better prayer or offering we can make to Lord Buddha than being thoughtful, kind, and compassionate, abstaining from taking the life of any fellow human being, animal, bird, fish, or insect.

―Chatral Rinpoche

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Melochromatic – March 27, 2009

melodrama and

emotional static

from the private attic

of the mind

and dusty clichés

weighing down my thoughts


our little girl

I fear we may have ruined her

she will have to work hard

to recover

just like me


I guess that’s our legacy

perhaps as humans

and there’s no escaping

our destiny

and what must be

must be



players on the stage

shadows on the wall

our experiences are simply

us in thrall


with nothing new under the sun

so let it be



Every moment a possibility,

every moment, slipping away.

What are you doing to live

With power, happiness, and grace


write your vision clearly;

write it down, stamp it, carve it, hack it into the walls

as your running down these halls

(mind not the filthy rules and consequences)


so that those that follow merely

have the guidance you did not.

leave your semi – permanent mark

from out of this completely random spark of life


which has flashed, and sputtered,

and will flicker and dim;

and otherwise would have shed no further light

to make this a brighter place, were it not here.

Seize the Moment

Shakyamuni asked his disciples:

How long is a person’s life?

They responded:

Seventy years




Fifty years?


How long is a person’s life?  Asked the disciples.

Life is but a breath.

Don’t get mired in the worlds of yesterday and tomorrow.  Instead, live in the world of today.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, experience the beautiful things around you at the moment.

Tsai Chih Chung; Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness

Tao 9

Up this week is Tao 9

From my favorite translation by Gia Fu Feng:

Better stop short than fill to the brim.

Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.

Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.

Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow.

Retire when the work is done.

This is the way of heaven.

Another translation, DT Suzuki and Paul Carus 1913:

1. Grasp to the full, are you not likely foiled? Scheme too sharply, can you wear long? If gold and jewels fill the hall no one can protect it.

2. Rich and high but proud, brings about its own doom. To accomplish merit and acquire fame, then to withdraw, that is Heaven’s Way.

Suzuki and Carus called this chapter Practicing Placidity.  Lao Tzu did not title the chapters originally.

Dictionary .com has placid defined as: pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed as in placid waters.

From the Latin placidus  calm, quiet, akin to placēre  to please.

Following Tao 9, self deprecation comes to my mind, as being modest, not boastful.  Interesting that placidity is close to ‘to please’, because people are very pleased when others are self deprecating.  When younger I found modesty difficult, it gets easier as I get older and find those who are much more accomplished than I.  Please share any thoughts or comments.  Have a great week!