Mind Makes Everything

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I think if you look at your own life, you can see that the way you hold your mind and the way you view and perceive these situations that occur in our lives, that it creates the way we respond to them. Our responses are what create the next event. So, our likes and dislikes are really what create the shape and the texture of our lives. If you investigate, you will discover that your likes and dislikes are relative. They are created by our idea, by our conditioning, by our preferences, by our desires, but they are not really truth.   

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Falling Asleep

When you fall asleep, your conditioning runs the show. You just play things out the way conditioning would play it out. It’s only through being alive, aware, and awake in the moment that we are in, that there’s a possibility to change that. In Buddhist terminology, we say if you fall asleep then your karma, your conditioning, runs the show. But the only time you can change your conditioning is now.

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In your thoughts about the past or even your hopes for the future cannot change a thing. But right in this moment, you can choose. We’re always choosing what we do. So if you’re awake in this moment, it’s possible to change. So the present is the only time we have to change things. Otherwise, we just run through the old story over and over again.
By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Mind Makes Everything

I think if you look at your own life, you can see that the way you hold your mind and the way you view and perceive these situations that occur in our lives, that it creates the way we respond to them. Our responses are what create the next event. So, our likes and dislikes are really what create the shape and the texture of our lives.

If you investigate, you will discover that your likes and dislikes are relative. They are created by our idea, by our conditioning, by our preferences, by our desires, but they are not really truth.  

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Lost in a Drunken Stupor

Buddhism teaches us that we make our own life.  We're quick to blame other people.  We're quick to make a dream life of our likes and dislikes.  We fall into a fantasy, and sometimes it's said, "like a drunken stupor".  We get lost in a drunken stupor of our likes, dislikes, our opinions, our conditions.  

Each one of us brings all of our conditioning right into this moment, but we don't see it.  We see a reflection of it in the world around us, so we judge, and we try to fit the world into our image.  What doesn't fit, we don't like, and what does fit, we like.  

So in that sense, we make our own suffering.  Or in that sense of urgency, you might say we make our own hell.  We think of hell as something that comes to us after we die, but really we're making our own hell right here, right now. We are all guilty of it, nobody escapes.  Through practice, we can find our way through it.  Through practice, through wisdom, through our own experience, we can begin to break out of the hell that we make when our conditions make the hell of our lives.

By Zen Master Bon Soeng