Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monkey Mind

Realize the 'monkey' is asking this, and nothing needs to be done but
laugh! (and cry, and eat, and sleep, and attend to whatever arises as
it arises - without suffering over some 'monkey mind' that appears/is
imagined to be separate from 'Buddha Mind'!)

"I" am this idea of 'monkey mind', "I" am also what is monkeying with
ideas of 'no-monkey mind'. "I" can do nothing to start or stop it that
is not just some form of monkeying around (grasping and rejecting) to
reinforce this false sense of (a separate self/ignorance of original
nature) an "I" (See - The Three Poisons).

Monkey (ordinary) mind is not the problem it appears to be. The "monkey"
is not the deluded one. It already realizes you're the monkey! *L* If
monkey mind won't quiet down, simply see what it's going on about. No
need to develop Siddhi powers and turn the monkey to stone.

Monkeys are easily distracted, always hungry, and naturally fight with
other monkeys over all sorts of things. When there is seen to be no
monkey here - it can be neither fed nor fought with.

Mindfulness, doesn't mind the monkey.

Kris Grey

PS -The first and last line already say too much, the rest is just
monkey chatter.


Hi Mike,

Excellent question and a very important one.  In short, maintaining in the state of Jhana is the goal of meditation.  My teacher said, when we are in Jhana, a realm of light (not images), we witness the truth of the universe.  Now, what does it mean and how to get into Jhana effectively?

We all know that it is not easy to get into Jhana.  Most of us know that it requires a solid foundation of physical health. So,

Chan practitioners borrow the practice from Tao -- tune up our chi, so that we could become healthier, then transform our physical entity into an energy entity, then we could transform into a spiritual entity.  In other words, without cultivating our chi and rejuvenate our body, we are just practicing with our mind, which is only one third of our being.  Enlightenment is a state integrating our body, mind and spirit.

Buddhists were taught the path to enlightenment needs to surpass the Three Realms -- Desire, Form, Formless.

As we focus internally onto our chakras and chi channels, rejuvenating our health, we are in essence also redirecting our thoughts for quieting our monkey mind. (Realm of Desire)  At the same time, this practice enhances our awareness and focus (both are spiritual elements) to the current state of being of our body and mind. Taoist call awareness and focus, inner god.  In other words, without energy, there can be no awareness. When we are tired, can we focus?

When our chi flow becomes strong enough, then we would enjoy a sense of bliss, that sense of bliss is no difference from love or contentment. With this inner sense of security (loving kindness), we would slowly let go of our mental values and reshuffle our priorities in life.

As we continue to focus inwardly, when are we completely depleted of thoughts, (surpassing the realm of form), we would reach the state of Jhana, where our heart would be joyful, content and loving, as well as in most of our daily lives, we would be connected to the wisdom of each moment naturally, effortlessly, automatically without thinking.

Yet, Jhana is only one third the way to enlightenment.  As stated in sutra, to become the Awakened One, we need to awaken ourselves, then awaken others, then accomplish all acts of awakening.  When ten thousand merits are accumulated, then Buddhahood is reached.

These are my witness to share with you.  Being taught by an enlightened master does have its benefits. :-)

There is not much time left in all of us.  If anyone is interest to practice the "Lineage Chan", please let me know.

Thank you for the opportunity to share.

On 9/6/2012 4:08 AM, mike brown wrote:


I can't find the post where you referred to the "jhanas", but I've never seen you refere to them before. What do you understand by them and do they play an important role in your practice?


Comparing the Theravada(Small Vehicle) & Mahayana (Big Vehicle) Traditions

If you are curious as to which one Chan belongs to, please scroll to the bottom of this article. jm
Comparison of the Theravada(Small Vehicle) & Mahayana (Big Vehicle) Traditions
by Richard Gossett

The original tradition within Buddhism, Theravadan, continues to flourish even today, but around the First Century BCE, a split began to develop. The Theravadans held fast to the ideas of monastic discipline, scholarly attainment, and strict adherence to the scriptures of the Buddha, while others saw this as being inflexible and difficult for anyone besides a monk to come to terms with. As a result, a movement to bring Buddhism to the "common people" began to gain popularity. This movement would eventually lead to the development of Mayahana Buddhism.

The story goes that at first, the abilities of Buddha's followers to comprehend what he had attained was limited, thus his teachings had to focus on the most important concepts of enlightenment and Nirvana. It is often said that The Buddha foresaw a time when his disciples would be ready for more than these basic teachings. This slow evolution of Buddhist thought beyond the original teachings of the Buddha demonstrated the great flexibility and openness that was possible in Buddhism, thus as it moved out of India to other countries, it was rapidly integrated into the cultures it encountered.

"Many Buddhists, especially Westerners, tend to see both the Theravada and Mahayana approaches as not being contradictory or in opposition but rather as complimentary to each other. The Mahayana is often seen as an expansion of or commentary on Theravadan teachings."

Theravada Buddhism: Intense, dedicated and time-consuming effort required to attain enlightenment.
Mahayana Buddhism: Enlightenment is achieved through a normal life with varying degrees of spiritual involvement.

Theravada Buddhism: Reaching Nirvana is the ultimate goal of the Theravada Buddhist.
Mahayana Buddhism: Vow to be reborn in order to help all other sentient beings reach Nirvana first.

Theravada Buddhism: Strives for wisdom first.
Mahayana Buddhism: Compassion is the highest virtue.

Theravada Buddhism: Centers on meditation, and requires major personal dedication such as being a monk or nun.
Mahayana Buddhism: Encourages practice in the world and among the general community.

Theravada Buddhism: Followed as a teaching or Philosophy.
Mahayana Buddhism: Followed with reference to higher beings, more like a religion.

Theravada Buddhism: Moved primarily South and West covering Indochina and Ceylon (Sri-Lanka).
Mahayana Buddhism: Moved Primarily North and West, covering China, Korea, Japan, and Tibet.

Theravada Buddhism: Early work written in Pali (e.g. kamma, dhamma).
Mahayana Buddhism: Early texts are in Sanskrit (e.g. karma, dharma)

Theravada Buddhism: Emphasizes rules and education.
Mahayana Buddhism: Emphasizes intuition and practice.

Theravada Buddhism: Politically conservative.
Mahayana Buddhism: Politically liberal.

While the various sects and followers of the Buddha's teachings may vary, the core values established by The Buddha are still shared by all Buddhists. Their methods may differ, the ultimate goal of enlightenment through patient discipline, meditation, right living, and compassion for all life is a common thread that runs deep through all Buddhist thought and tradition. It is proper to say that Mahayana Buddhism is an extension or continuation of Theravada Buddhism, but without there first being Theravada, there could be no Mahayana.

JM:Chan belongs to neither the Theraveda (Small Vehicle) nor the Mahayana (Big Vehicle), yet it includes the principles of both.  Discipline oneself of the Theraveda tradition as well as compassion to others of the Mahayana tradition. Because Chan is taught at the end of the Buddha's teaching, which is taught without word nor formality, labeled as the Supreme Vehicle, which is to transform and harmonize the entire world with peace and happiness, with only our pure spirit, without any belief system or hat wearing.