Monday, October 31, 2016

Emptiness and the Heart Sutra (2)

Please refer to my following blog on Oct. 9.
I mentioned as follows:
In the Heart Sutra, the following 4 lines are very famous.  

Form is no other than emptiness.
Emptiness is no other than form.
Form is namely emptiness.
Emptiness is namely form.

But I feel that the following 4 lines are missing before the above 4 lines. 

This is because that is.
Form is because space is.
Space is because form is.

So, it's better to replace emptiness with space as below to make it easier to understand.

Form is no other than space.
Space is no other than form.
Form is namely space.
Space is namely form.

The above is the ultimate truth in the phenomenal world, or the historical dimension. It has nothing to do with the noumenal world, or the ultimate dimension. Now I feel that the famous 4 lines in the Heart Sutra also explain the relation between the phenomenal world and the noumenal world as follows.

The phenomenal world is because the noumenal world is.
The noumenal world is because the phenomenal world is.
That's because the noumenal world unfolds into the phenomenal world (The phenomenal world is made of the noumenal world),
and the phenomenal world enfolds into the noumenal world (The noumenal world is made of the phenomenal world).

So, it's possible to replace form with the phenomenal world and to replace emptiness with the noumenal world in order to express the relation between the phenomenal world and the noumenal world as below.

The phenomenal world is no other than the noumenal world.
The noumenal world is no other than the phenomenal world.
The phenomenal world is namely the noumenal world.
The noumenal world is namely the phenomenal world.

The phenomenal world means this world, and the noumenal world means nirvana. So, finally the famous 4 lines in the Heart Sutra can be read as follows:

This world is no other than nirvana.
Nirvana is no other than this world.
This world is namely nirvana.
Nirvana is namely this world.

But there is "a big if" to be able to read the famous 4 lines in the Heart Sutra as above. Only if we revive awareness, or true self (non-separate self), we can really understand the true meaning of the famous 4 lines in the Heart Sutra. That's because only awareness can dwell in this world (the phenomenal world) and nirvana (the noumenal world) at the same time by transcending space and time. Those who are ego, or separate self can never understand the true meaning because they live only in the phenomenal world. Furthermore, the famous 4 lines in the Heart Sutra could be translated as follows:

Body is no other than alaya.
Alaya is no other than body.
Body is namely alaya.
Alaya is namely body.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Read deeply the following story of the Buddha.

It is said that one day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!” 

The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”

The above story may be based on the following "The Story of Akkosa" 

The Story of Akkosa

In the Akkosa Sutta, a man named Akkosa found out that one of his clansmen had just become a disciple of the Buddha. Outraged, Akkosa went to the Buddha to give the Buddha a piece of his mind – he hurled abuse and insults at the Buddha, telling the Buddha what he thought of him in no uncertain terms.

The Buddha was unmoved in the slightest by this barrage of insults and just asked a question in return:

“Do you sometimes receive visitors as guests?”

“Yes I do” replied Akkosa.

“And when they come, do you offer them food and drink and courtesies?” asked the Buddha.

“Yes, sometimes I do” Akkosa said.

“So what if your guests don’t accept what you offer to them – where do the food, drink and courtesies return to?”

“They return to me of course!” Akkosa answered.

“Akkosa, you came here today, hurling insults and abuse at me.  I do not accept what you have offered.  So where do these insults and abuse return?

Akkosa got the picture.

(My commentary)
If we understand the above story deeply, we can stop hurling insults and abuse at others out of anger. That's because it's very silly to do so. Wrong Thinking, Wrong Speech and Wrong Action are caused by Wrong View which are based on Wrong Mindfulness (Forgetfulness) and Wrong Concentration. So, we must be mindful and concentrated for Right View, Right Thinking, Right Speech and Right Action.


Friday, October 28, 2016


















Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happiness and enlightenment are living things.

Read deeply the following article by Thich Nhat Hanh.
The followings are key phrases excerpted from the article.

Buddhism has to do with your daily life, with your suffering and with the suffering of the people around you.

If you don’t have enough peace and compassion within you, there is no way you can be happy. 

Nonviolence and compassion are the foundations of a peace movement. If you don’t have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace. Everyone knows that peace has to begin with oneself, but not many people know how to do it.

If you don’t know the roots of these afflictions, you cannot see the path leading to their cessation. That’s why suffering is very important for our practice.

The practice of deep listening should be directed towards oneself first. If you don’t know how to listen to your own suffering, it will be difficult to listen to the suffering of another person or another group of people.

Violent action creates more violence. That’s why compassion is the only way to reduce violence.

The practice is to help the seed of compassion to grow and the seed of anger to shrink. ... That’s why recognizing the seed of anger and trying to neutralize it with understanding and compassion is the only way to reduce the anger in us. If you don’t understand the cause of your anger, you can never transform it.

Happiness and enlightenment are living things and they can grow. It is possible to feed them every day. ... The Buddha said that nothing can survive without food. That applies to enlightenment, to happiness, to sorrow, to suffering.

Small enlightenments have to succeed each other. And they have to be fed all the time, in order for a great enlightenment to be possible. So a moment of living in mindfulness is already a moment of enlightenment. If you train yourself to live in such a way, happiness and enlightenment will continue to grow.

Meditation is a matter of enjoyment. ... The practice can be done every moment. And not for the future, but for the present moment. If the present moment is good, then the future will be good because it’s made only of the present.

If you are mindful enoughyou can see the Buddha in anything, especially in the sangha. The twentieth century was the century of individualism, but we don’t want that anymore. Now we try to live as a community. We want to flow like a river, not a drop of water. The river will surely arrive at the ocean, but a drop of water may evaporate halfway.

Every step, every breath, every word that is spoken or done in mindfulness—that is the manifestation of the Buddha. Don’t look for the Buddha elsewhere. It is in the art of living mindfully every moment of your life.

(My commentary)
I agree with Thay that we have to set up a group of people—a kind of parliament—to practice listening to the suffering of people. I am one of those who are capable of listening deeply, with compassion in their hearts. So, please ask me to come and help you.


Thích Nhất Hạnh

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

心の力 対 夢の力 (2)



ティク・ナット・ハンは、「息子よ、仏陀の企業に参加したいかい?」と言いました。そして、私はショックを受けました。ティク・ナット・ハンが「企業」という言葉を使用したからです。(中略)これは宗教ではありません。この人、このインドの人、インド人(仏陀)が見つけたことは。仏陀は、ビジネスマン、事業家のようなものです。そして、私たちが会社を代表しています。ですから、私たちは人類の歴史の中で最長の存続会社です。 2500年も!




息を吸って、私は孤独を感じます。 フェイスブックに映っている誰もが、パーティーをしているのに、私は孤独を感じています。今夜は土曜です。そして、私はそれを受け容れることができます。私は(パーティーなんか)する必要はなく、どこへ行く必要もありません。私はそれを置いといて、ただ私の孤独に寄り添っています。


第二の製品は、幸せ、思いやり、喜びです。 (皆さんがダニエルから聞いた通り)幸せもまた習慣です。幸せは、将来的に皆さんが到着する状態ではありません。皆さんの多くは、ビジネスをしています。皆さんは、もし自分がそこに着ければ、幸せになるだろうと考えます。皆さんの昇進、等々。それは、皆さんが到着したり、持つものではありません。それは、均一に加工されて包装される商品ではありません。幸せは習慣なのです。





Tuesday, October 18, 2016

心の力 対 夢の力 (1)













Sunday, October 16, 2016

二元論的概念と三解脱門 (2)


2. 無相



3. 無願






に触れる」とは、「全宇宙、目覚めた意識、無自性自己、即ち本当の自分に触れることを意味します。そして、エゴ、独立した(自性)自己、即ち偽の自分に例えられています。私たちに必要なのは、自分自身をエゴから目覚めた意識へと変容することだけです。言い換えれば、私たちに必要なのは、自分の中の目覚めた意識を復活させることだけです。最高の手法はマインドフルネスであると、私は理解しています。しかし、世界中に偽のマインドフルネスを非常に多く私は目にします。正しいマインドフルネスは、私たちが思考を停止するのを可能にしなければなりません。あなたは、 「あなたは考えますか?」と尋ねることによって、あなたのマインドフルネスの先生をチェックすることができます。もし、あなたの先生が、「はい」と答えたなら、その先生はのマインドフルネスの先生です。もし、あなたの先生がのマインドフルネスの先生ならば、その先生は「いいえ、私は何も考えずに洞察を得ます」、と答えなければなりません。



Saturday, October 15, 2016








仏陀は、非分離、非差別、即ち非二元性という究極の真理の方程式を説きました。簡単に言えば、仏陀の方程式は、「A = 非A(A以外) = B だから、Aは存在できる」ということです。逆に、二元性に基づく一般的真理の方程式は、「A ≠ 非A(A以外) ≠ B なので、Aは存在できる」ということです。


Aは、Aではない要素(= B)からできています。


Friday, October 14, 2016

二元的な概念と三解脱門 (1)






1. 「空」













Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dream force vs Heart force

Watch deeply the following video of Dharma talk by Sister Chan Không and Thay Phap Dung.

The followings are excerpts from the video.

(Sister Chan Khong's Dharma talk: from 7:00)
The good news is that there is a quiet, safe place where you can take refuge. The safe island that we all can take refuge is not in New York city, not in San Francisco but in yourself.

I, myself, every time I feel totally lost, full of fear, despair, at that very moment, I know that only peace in myself, love in myself, understanding in myself, they can help me. So, I have to come back to my in-breath. Totally with my in-breath, totally with my out-breath, I try to dissociate myself with that news that make me so desperate.

And I need to continue to touch that peace by a walk. I go out. ... And if I succeed to keep my mind with my in-breath and out-breath for 1, 10, 20-minute, peace and clarity of my mind come back. And I know what to do and what not to do.

And if I want to invite you to try, because telling is easy but putting into practice (is not so easy), we need you to train yourself, like I have trained myself.

(Guided meditation)
Please close your eyes and pay totally attention to your in-breath, totally attentive to your out-breath. Try not to think of anything. Forget totally dreamforce and other activities next. Totally with your in-breath and out-breath.

(sound of the bell)

Breathing in, I calm all the tension in my body.
I calm all agitation from the top of my head.
I calm every cell of my face, every cell of my whole body.

Breathing out, I release tension of my whole body.
That idea of fear comes. I let go. Please fly away, my little fear!
That anger comes back.  Please fly away, my anger!
I need some peace, some clarity before I can look deeper into you and know the way out with beauty, with dignity, with compassion.

(Thay Phap Dung's Dharma talk: from 35:55)
He (Thich Nhat Hanh) said, "Son, would you like to join the Buddha's enterprise?" And I was shocked. He used the word, "enterprise". ... This is not a religion. What this person found, this person in India, an Indian person (the Buddha)? He is like a business man, a business person. And we represent a company. So, we are the longest lasting company in the history of humankind. 2,500 years! 

So, you have to see it like that. So, what is our product if you see yourselves? I'm trying to change your perceptions a little bit. Because we are not about religion. We are about helping the world be more kind, more slow, more gentle, more free. ... So, this is our product. A kind of compassion, kindness. ... So, in a way, our company could be called like a "Heart Force".  

I just want to share a little bit of our product. The first one is about suffering. We want to teach people how to suffer. Our teacher shared that if someone knows how to suffer, they will suffer less. You might be wandering, "I don't want to suffer." That's exactly why you continue to suffer. So, we teach people how to be with their suffering. If you know how to be with your suffering, your heart will melt. 

Some of you might have touched that as you were listening to the chant. You might have remembered someone. You might have remembered yourself. You maybe had a little tear, informing in your eye. That's exactly the essence of compassion. It's not a product you can sell or you can package. It's only when you can touch suffering but it will arise. Out of suffering, compassion will arise. So, you can not run away from suffering. So, what we teach people is how to be with suffering

When we breathe in, and I am feeling sad. 
Breathing out, it's okay to be sad. 
Breathing in, I feel lonely. Everyone on Facebook and they are having parties and I feel alone. Tonight is Saturday. And I can sit with it. I don't need to do and go anywhere. I put it down and just be with my loneliness. 

And from that ability to sit there and be with your suffering, then you begin to see that it flows and goes away. This is the key to what we are teaching people. So, don't run away from suffering. You have to learn. There is a way, techniques. And this is our whole life, to train and to share. That is our product, teaching people how to suffer so that they can suffer less.

The second products is happiness, compassion, joy. Happiness (as you heard from Daniel) is also a habit. Happiness is not a state you arrive to in the future. A lot of you are in a business. You think if you get there, you will be happy. Your promotion and so on. It is not something you arrive and you have. It's not a package. Happiness is a habit. 

We have tools to train so that you are more peaceful, free, more solid, more stable, less reactive. And the person who has these qualities, freshness, more spaciousness in the mind and the heart, and that person no longer runs, no longer is pressured to push and pull. And that person is really nice to be around. You sit next to people who are solid, who are fresh, who are free and open-minded. 

(My commentary)
Heart force is a great catch-copy for Dreamforce. Who has heart? Who has a dream? Non-separate self, or true self has heart. Separate self, or ego has a dream (idea, notion, mind). So, Heart force is a spiritual power and Dream force is a materialistic or economic power. The balance is vital.