I'm Going To Get Something

That idea “I’m going to get something” is the killer. "It’s going to be great". Sometimes it’s great, but sometimes it is not. But any idea separates us from what actually is going to happen. So, whether the retreat is 1 day, 3 days, 8 days, 28 days, 90 days.......our whole life is a retreat. 

So it’s all about letting go of the ideas that bind us. And do it! What’s the real experience? Everybody who does any length of retreat knows that sometimes it’s okay, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. By the end of the retreat, people are basically pretty happy, probably because it’s ending (laughing from the audience). We go through any number of experiences. It’s really about not getting stuck in our judgements of them, and in almost believing that they’re permanent. It's just allowing things to come and go… come and go… come and go.

It’s our ideas that tie us up. If we let go of the idea, then whatever is..... is. But if we like one thing and we don’t like the other thing, then we grasp towards what we like and we push away what we don’t like. That is the basic definition of suffering. That pushing and pulling is basically the definition of suffering. If we stop pushing and stop pulling, it is revealed just as it is at this moment. That is the essence of the practice. It is not any big deal.

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

What is “I”?

What is this thing that I call, “I”.  What is it really? We think we know who we are—we have stories about ourselves. But what is it really?  We have our own limited human perception of things, and that's good, that helps us somewhat. But it's not the truth. We create stories and ideas then we believe them and we get farther and farther away from the experience of the moment. 

This question, “What am I? What is this?”, brings us back to the moment. If we can stop the story for a moment, then we can actually experience, “What is this?"  But as the story is just running, we're just believing the old stories again and again and again.

 

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

I'm Going To Get Something

That idea “I’m going to get something” is the killer.  "It’s going to be great". Sometimes it’s great, but sometimes it is not.  But any idea separates us from what actually is going to happen.  So, whether the retreat is 1 day, 3 days, 8 days, 28 days, 90 days.......our whole life is a retreat. 

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So it’s all about letting go of the ideas that bind us.  And do it!  What’s the real experience? Everybody who does any length of retreat knows that sometimes sometimes it’s okay,  sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. By the end of the retreat, people are basically pretty happy, probably because it’s ending (laughing from the audience).  We go through any number of experiences.  It’s really about not getting stuck in our judgements of them, and in almost believing that they’re permanent.  It's just allowing things to come and go… come and go… come and go.

It’s our ideas that tie us up.  If we let go of the idea, then whatever is..... is.  But if we like one thing and we don’t like the other thing, then we grasp towards what we like and we push away what we don’t like.  That is the basic definition of suffering.  That pushing and pulling is basically the definition of suffering.  If we stop pushing and stop pulling, it is revealed just as it is at this moment.  That is the essence of the practice.  It is not any big deal.

By Zen Master Bon Soeng