An unexpected book arrived in the mail the other day. A gift from my friend’s at Wisdom Publications. Zen Master Raven: The Teachings of a Wise Old Bird. by Zen Master human form, Robert Aitken. Here the koans are told by and to animals of the forest: raven, porcupine, owl, woodpecker, badger, black bear, and […]
The Buddha taught that life is process. Everything is process, including what we regard to be self. Nothing exists outside of this process and when it appears to, it is an illusion, perhaps even a delusion.
It is impossible to be fully with the process of being and to be unhappy at the same time. To be in the process is to be at our happiest.
We never arrive and are always in the process of becoming. How would you like that becoming to manifest? Would you like more dissatisfaction, anguish, and suffering? If so, push against what is happening now and wish it were some other way. Would you like more peace, tranquility, and joy? If so, don’t push against what is happening now and embrace it the way it is.
Meanwhile, pay attention and act skillfully with your mind and actions so what unfolds in the moment can be readily accepted. When things arise that are beyond our sphere of influence, sticking with the process is still a transformative possibility.
The forthcoming celebration of the New Year, obscures this fact by suggesting that 2011 is done and 2012 is about to begin. It’s all one continuous process. The Earth moved around the sun once again. I’ll have more to say about this as the New Year approaches.
Enjoy the process now.