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Words and Presence

Once we release our words, we don’t get to retrieve them and edit them. We have delivered the words to our environment and they are no longer ours. So, value what you send, place a worth on it, and make sure that you say what you mean.   I think the current social field has... Continue Reading →

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Tao of bloggers

Write it down, it might be read, nothings better left unsaid. All in all, still no doubt, it's hard to see, it all works out. -"In held twas I" Procol Harem It doesn't always come easy or flow the way we imagined it. But, we write, sincerely and honestly, and post it. Our hearts and... Continue Reading →

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The How of who We are.

We can only be how we desire to be right now, not in the future, not in the past. Conditioned personality is the baseline for faking it. Culture and society said, “Do this to get along with the tribe”, and so we did. Some of it was useful for that purpose, some of it needs... Continue Reading →

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Zen on Purpose

Love and Accept on Purpose. Daydream on Purpose. Fantasize on Purpose. Create on Purpose. Rest on Purpose. Breathe on Purpose. Eat and Drink on Purpose. Be here with all the heart, attention, and love possible. Then Repeat Often Deep Bows to you! Bryan

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Zen of Possibility during this Time

One of the best ways to view the future is in terms of acceptance and possibility. We can choose and plan a possibility knowing that other possibilities will happen. We are never surprised, disappointed, upset, annoyed, or angry when a possibility doesn’t happen. It’s just a possibility, not an actuality, right? We use future thoughts... Continue Reading →

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Zen and Communion

Communion is creating and embracing an emotional, spiritual, sharing of each other. I was thinking about our study group last night. I realized that we have been exploring our spiritual selves and related topics for over two years and still going strong. It came to me how much I cared for this group of people.... Continue Reading →

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Accepting and Moving on Zen.

A friend had a jacket burning ceremony to signify her new remission status. She had been wearing her leather for almost fourteen years and was addicted to heroin throughout that time. She said she had become very aware of the significance of that jacket in the way she felt and “held” herself when she was... Continue Reading →

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The Zen of nothing next.

We don’t find things that point out and illuminate the path we need to take; we find things that brightly illuminate the path we are already experiencing so we can choose wisely where to place our feet. There is no next but always a now.  – People’s Dharma Circle

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Living with the Questions

  Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the... Continue Reading →

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The Zen of Being

I have been thinking lately about the state of "BEING." I wrote it that way because when I think of being in small caps it seems like such an ordinary thing that's hardly worth spending attention. We are all hurtling around on this rock called earth and being with a small b. Small being is... Continue Reading →

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Wobbling and the Tao

We wobble because the whole universe is wobbling, and we need to wobble with it. If not, we suffer. Trying to stay in perfect balance is suffering. Trying to maintain a static position, right speech, right intent, right whatever, is suffering. This is a crucial difference between thinking and doing. Because we can think and... Continue Reading →

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“I” and I Zen

If “I” am seeking to find the genuine “I” by using the “I” that isn’t “I” to begin with, then what am “I” doing? I know, it gives me a headache too! Bryan

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On Meditation: Zen and Tao Mind

It's interesting but you can't really teach "Meditation" in the sense of the internal structure. You can give instruction on how the body can be held. How the breath can be counted and what to "notice." Yes you can point a person's thought structure towards what might be considered a meditative mind, but you cannot... Continue Reading →

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The Gift, Zen/Tao Practice

We have a group from Still Mountain that meets twice a month and is reading books in one meeting and open to sharing Dharma experience in the second. Last night was the second variety and we spent time sharing and challenging our understanding. At one point our Dharma sister Carol said that what she has... Continue Reading →

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Giving up on “liking” people?

I gave up. It seemed like my self appointed task to "like" people wasn't doing much besides offering ongoing suffering. It seemed as though "liking" involved finding reasons to like and not like. Liking seemed so linked to duality. I liked some people and that set up disliking others. Liking automatically drove me into a... Continue Reading →

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I’d rather be Happy than Right.

I was witness to a couple of people arguing yesterday, it was apparently about politics. One of the men was turning darker while he was venting and yelling. Nothing was resolved. Just a lot of anger vented and some hurt feelings. I don't think that getting louder and waving one's arms around really accomplishes much... Continue Reading →

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Perfection vs Presence

It is a powerful perspective to realize, that the price of the delusional processing of being perfect, is self-destruction. This doesn’t mean don’t try the best you can with everything you can bring to the moment. It does mean that perfect is an ideal. An ideal is a concept, a thought structure, it’s not actual.... Continue Reading →

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The PAST

We never have, or ever will, change the past by thinking about it, worrying about it, or pretending it was anything other than what it was at the time, by speculation.

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Friends Along the Way

A quick note. I have added a audio blog page under "Friends Along the Way." It can be reached by clicking on the Friends along the way tab under the blog heading. This project has been a long time coming and is a work in progress. There is much work to be done. But my... Continue Reading →

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Seeking again.

I had a long conversation with a friend recently and she seemed distraught over this "spiritual journey" she has been on for several years. She said, "I just can't seem to find myself." I offered her this from a guide I was involved with years ago: If you’re not you then who is in search... Continue Reading →

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Living Breathing Miracle

It is easy for Conditioned Personality to control us by simply “Deciding” we are too old, tired, hungry, burned out, distracted, unfocused, not ready, the timing is off, angry, upset, bored or having too much fun, to do the work of developing awareness and being attentive. You can add more of your own. I have... Continue Reading →

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Dreaming and Presence

Paul Valery said, “The best way for your dreams to come true is to wake up.” Every time I read that my mind says "Ouch." Understandably. My Conditioned ego absolutely despises being awake. It simply can't remain as the center of attention if I am truly here. I don't know about any permanent state of... Continue Reading →

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Loving the Experience

Fall in love with your own life and you will fall in love with all life. But being in love with life is about loving the experiencing of life not that Conditioned personality that we think is having the experience. Love the process of the experience not the event. Bryan

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Watching the Stories

The more we believe the ego’s stories and live in them, the further away we drift from what is actual. Stories are never real. Words are never real. Labels are never what is labeled. How to develop an awareness? Be still and quiet. Experience stepping back from your own ideation. Develop doubt. Watch Everything. Observe... Continue Reading →

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Seeing Clearly

A baseline in a lot of spiritual work is seeing clearly. Seeing other people, places, and things clearly is fine, but totally useless if you are unable to see yourself clearly first. Because, if you are not clear about you, how can you be clear about others? If we stay in awareness, it soon becomes... Continue Reading →

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Where we happen to be

We don’t find things that point out and illuminate the path we need to take; we find things that brightly illuminate the path we are on so we can choose wisely where to place our feet. There is no next but always a now.  – People’s Dharma Circle It's another way of saying that everything... Continue Reading →

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Zen and the Art of Fantasy

With the actual comes the fantasy. Our task is to be aware of the difference not to destroy our ability to fantasize. I think it's one of the challenges of having a spiritual practice and being human. I encourage people not to abandon fantasy, stories of the mind, engaging in contemplation, PLAYING (remember that?), and... Continue Reading →

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Being Being

The constant struggle to become something else while denying what is becomes taxing. How about being fine where we are in the moment? It doesn’t mean you cannot make some changes. I really think that making changes from a point of caring and compassion is easier than making changes from a point of sadness, pressure,... Continue Reading →

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Doing stuff the Zen way.

"Do more than you think you can, but not as much as Conditioned ego thinks you should." - Cheri Huber She may not have invented that saying but she is the one I first heard say it. The saying comes in slightly different forms and content but it points to the same process. Sometimes we... Continue Reading →

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Finding Zen

" The only Zen you find on a mountain top is the Zen you brought with you." - Alan W Watts We are complete in every moment. Celebrating Being brings us closer to our own truthful state than any amount of thinking will ever achieve. Big bows to all, Bryan

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Mysteries of Chosen Days

I talked to a friend yesterday who was bitching about how stupid holidays are because people are artificially "nice" to each other and as soon as the holiday is over they go back to being their old greedy self centered self. I don't agree with that. Pick a day to be kind and generous and... Continue Reading →

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Right and Wrong Tao/Zen

"Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars." - Allan Watts Allan has always been one of my favorite people for simplifying the path I have taken. Both he and Cheri Huber have had this immense impact on my life. Why? Because... Continue Reading →

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Thinking Zen

After all is said, it’s much easier for me to decide how you should act instead of making the difficult choices about how I need to act. May you remain in the middle over the upcoming major holidays!

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Why Don’t we???

My Dharma Brother Dave and me met for lunch the other day. One of those wonderful ways to catch up with people you love and care about. As usual the talk turned to Dharma. I was explaining my position that goes something like this: As far as the experience knows this is it. I come... Continue Reading →

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InterPlay and Connection

What we are seeking is our own emotional maturity not the ability to mimic some delusion about how "adults" act. So Saturday I found myself interacting with other humans in the act of Play. InterPlay is an organization that believes in having us come together, explore our creative ability to move and produce sound, and... Continue Reading →

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God and Zen

Well, it happened again. Someone asked me about my beliefs. Sigh. God is everything and inclusive. That's about it for me. It's a little like being a cog in a giant eternity machine and having someone ask me about the machine. I don't think so. So I wanted to post a tiny part of the... Continue Reading →

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Reality of Zen and Tao

Our thoughts are never life, they are only secondary information about life. The narrative isn’t real. A basic Zen principle, at least in my training, is that thinking about is never the thing itself. It is only thought. Thoughts are not real. Piaget, the child psychologist, often pointed out that children think thoughts are real,... Continue Reading →

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Feeling

"If you have to start thinking about how you feel you are probably not feeling." Thinking about feelings is not the same as having them. It can lead to having body sensations that will become "feelings." We can so easily be fooled by conditioned ego that we feel things. When, for many of us, not... Continue Reading →

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“Give yourself your heart”

When attention is not focused on presence any reaction to the experience becomes the experience. It's one of those hard won and acquired positions that is easier to identify than live. I find myself focused on everything but the actual experience. Here is what really messes up my world. I immediately jump to the story... Continue Reading →

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Things that Matter

Today’s crisis will be tomorrow’s memory. How many times have we experienced what seems like our world is crashing? And yet we are here. Breath and Breath again. Accept and realize that you are equal to your own life. Bryan

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Social Zen

Experiment: Say the phrase “Hell is other people”.            Experiment: Say the phrase “Hell is how I think about other people”.  Wait a minute and see what your heart says about which one of these is truthful for you. I am not fond of having to look at this issue. Recently I found myself going... Continue Reading →

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Truthful View

The realization that so much of what we think we know about ourselves was given to us by persons who didn’t even know who they were, much less who we are, is a great relief. You cannot be what others think about you, good, bad, or indifferent. We are not our thoughts so we cannot... Continue Reading →

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