The Meditation Experience

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

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

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

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