The Meditation Experience

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Each one of us will get some idea of meditation. Any image or idea we have about Zen, or meditation, or by extension of our lives and our story, is wrong. The only thing we can possibly know is what's happening right now. Everything before it is a dream, everything after it is supposition, and anything even in the moment that we're pondering, is just an idea. So Zen means meditation, meditation means what's happening right now; what actually is going on.

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Your Experience Is The True Way

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Our job is to really discover what our experience is. Don’t worry too much about what Buddhism says. Use the practice to discover your own experience and use that experience to attain your true self and help all beings. That’s authentic. That’s real. The teachings will help guide you, but use your own experience to find your true way, and then you can use that true way to help this world. Become who you really are. Each one of us has a different karmic life. Use yours to help the world. Okay?
  
By Zen Master Bon Soeng

How To Trust Your Experience

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Student: We like to say “Don’t Know”, as was mentioned in the meditation instruction today. Is there anything that we do know? Is there anything that we’re allowed to know? (laughter)

Zen Master Bon Soeng: Do you see this robe?

Student: Yes

ZMBS: What color is it?

Student: Grey

ZMBS: So already you know that. I already said (hits floor) your mind is clear. Trust your experience, you already can see, you already can smell, taste, touch and think. Trust that. Wait, because in the next moment (hits floor) again clear your mind. Don’t hold on to anything, but moment to moment to moment this whole world is yours. Your eyes work, your nose works, you’re lucky, some people’s eyes and nose don’t work, but yours do. So use them and trust your experience. Don’t get lost in the dream. Then you already understand.

Experiencing the Dharma

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The dharma can be taught. You can speak the words and learn about it, but the only real value it has in our lives is if we have some experience of it. Otherwise, it's just one more competing theory that exists in this world and there are enough competing theories already. We really don't need another one. So Zen always brings you back to your experience. I can tell you something, anybody can tell you something, but that's not the truth. You have to find it for yourself. 

Responding To Fear

Any stink of "I" perverts our view, because we make something and we shape it to fit our own personal idea. We respond to fear by trying to circle the wagons. We circle the wagons with our thoughts and our rejection of things. All of that is a response to fear of uncertainty. The fear of the unknown. 

When something happens that we don't like, we freak out. And often in that freakout, we make matters worse. We try to apply this skewed view, this perverted view to fix the situation. But in the process, very often we make it worse.
The first rule of falling into a hole is to stop digging. Our impulse is to keep digging, and we think if we just keep doing what we're used to doing, that will take care of it. But if we can stop digging, perceive the fear, rather than immediately relying on everything we've done before... Breathe....... Stop...... Actually Look. Actually let go of that view and just look. 

It's possible to actually see what's happening in this very moment. If we can see it clearly, it's possible to respond to it clearly. But if we cannot see it clearly, we'll never be able to respond to it clearly. So that's why in the Buddhist teaching, Right View is the doorway into everything else. Because as long as we stay stuck in that perverted view, we'll keep recreating the vision of our own experience rather than entering into what's real.

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

True Way

Our job is to really discover what our experience is. Don’t worry too much about what Buddhism says. Use the practice to discover your own experience and use that experience to attain your true self and help all beings. That’s authentic. That’s real. The teachings will help guide you, but use your own experience to find your true way, and then you can use that true way to help this world. Become who you really are. Each one of us has a different karmic life. Use yours to help the world. Okay?

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Experiencing the Dharma

The dharma can be taught. You can speak the words and learn about it, but the only real value it has in our lives is if we have some experience of it. Otherwise, it's just one more competing theory that exists in this world and there are enough competing theories already. We really don't need another one. So Zen always brings you back to your experience. I can tell you something, anybody can tell you something, but that's not the truth. You have to find it for yourself. 

By Zen Master Bon Soeng

True Way

Our job is to really discover what our experience is. Don’t worry too much about what Buddhism says. Use the practice to discover your own experience and use that experience to attain your true self and help all beings. That’s authentic. That’s real. The teachings will help guide you, but use your own experience to find your true way, and then you can use that true way to help this world. Become who you really are. Each one of us has a different karmic life. Use yours to help the world. Okay?  
 
By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Trusting Your Experience

Student: We like to say “Don’t Know”, as was mentioned in the meditation instruction today. Is there anything that we do know? Is there anything that we’re allowed to know? (laughter) 

Zen Master Bon Soeng: Do you see this robe?

Student: Yes

ZMBS: What color is it?

Student: Grey

ZMBS: So already you know that. I already said (hits floor) your mind is clear. Trust your experience, you already can see, you already can smell, taste, touch and think. Trust that. Wait, because in the next moment (hits floor) again clear your mind. Don’t hold on to anything, but moment to moment to moment this whole world is yours. Your eyes work, your nose works, your lucky, some people’s eyes and nose don’t work, but yours do. So use them and trust your experience. Don’t get lost in the dream. Then you already understand. 

Experiencing the Dharma

The dharma can be taught. You can speak the words and learn about it, but the only real value it has in our lives is if we have some experience of it. Otherwise, it's just one more competing theory that exists in this world and there are enough competing theories already. We really don't need another one. So Zen always brings you back to your experience. I can tell you something, anybody can tell you something, but that's not the truth. You have to find it for yourself. 

By Zen Master Bon Soeng