JMJM, thank you for this post. For some reason, it's important to me to read
about how, as you say, mind still behaves like mind, no matter if one is a
beginner or an expert. And of course the rest of the post is good for me to
read also :)
--- On Mon, 12/27/10, Jue Miao Jing Ming - 覺妙精明 <chan.j...@gmail.com> wrote:
From: Jue Miao Jing Ming - 覺妙精明 <chan.j...@gmail.com>
Subject: [Zen] Living in the past moments
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, zenliv...@yahoogroups.com,
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 5:10 PM
Almost all of us, including myself, often travels away from the
present moment. Sometimes backward and sometimes forward. It is
normal, whether our mind is a beginners' mind or an expert mind.
"Beginner" or "expert" are just labels. Mind still behave like a
What we propose is to divert our "attention" away from our thoughts,
to follow our breath, and not "counting the breath".(counting is
thinking) Then next step is to "focus" on one of our ten major
chakras, etc. etc. We have a practice, enabling us to continuously
divert our mind away from our thoughts for at least year and half,
and simultaneously staying longer in the present moment.
Often even when we are truly committed to "focus" or "attend" to
this technique of practice, we still stray away, especially at the
beginning. That's okay. Just bring our attention back to whatever
we were focusing on.
"Attention" or "focus" to our chakra and energy channel serves two
First it enhances our energy, meaning improving our health.
Second, it enhances our "awareness".
"Attention" or "focus" are both functions of our "awareness". This
kind of awareness taught in our lineage utilizes our physiological
"sense and feel" to our energy points and energy channels is more
than just a mental focus. It is a total and whole body focus. This
is where it differs from majority of other school.
It is not only effective in improving our health, it also can
quickly enhance our "total awareness". "Total awareness" is also
call Shen 『神』 or Inner God in Chinese medicine. Please visit our
other web site. (http://www.chanliving.org). Religious people call
that Inner being, or Spiritual being, or God within.
So that we could maintain our selves in the state of Sambodhi for
longer periods and be less affected by our mind.
BTW, science has also shown to us recently, that there is more
messages sent to our brain from our body, then the other way
around. Therefore Total Awareness is the way to enlightenment and
not mental awareness.
Let me know if you have more questions.
Be Enlightened In This Life - We ALL Can