15/10/2013 ©2013 Terry Horton
What Zen Buddhism Teaches us & How to be ENOUGH!
ENOUGH of ZEN
There is a middle way, the middle way doesn’t have to be narrow
The middle way can be broad
The middle way can encompass both extremes
(quote from The Path of the Human Being)
There are several ways to practice Zen Buddhism, my way, the path that I have chosen or has chosen me, is the path of the Bodhisattva. To follow this path I must ascend mountains, the climb is long and hard but essential for me because something inside me tells me so, there is no other way for me, I have always known this, I don’t know how but it has always been my destiny or at least part of my destiny.
When we have completed the arduous, often painful but necessary climb to the summit of the mountain we feel on top of the world and in a sense, we indeed are on top of the world. We enjoy this view, sense of accomplishment, feeling of absolute serenity, joy, love, peace and happiness. Some monks are content with this feeling, view and the quest is over for them, this is where they stay but some are not. I tried so hard to be content on top of my mountain, the climb had taken me the first forty two years of my very eventful life…
I dug into that mountaintop enjoying the vista, my life long quest up to that point. This was the first time in my entire life when I felt I was ENOUGH! It felt like I could feel every fibre of my being, every molecule of my body was dancing with complete and absolute joy and love and humming a beautiful tune… this was the place I had ached for, fought for, strived for, risked my life several times for, and nearly died for. Surely my soul will let me stay here for the rest of my life, this is where I found my soul, and we are now together in the most exquisite harmony. This is it, I didn’t know what I was looking for, or where to find it, did not expect to find it here, but here it is, my soul! The search has taken me to many parts of the world, to such extremes of hardship, pain, misery, heartache, loneliness, even through the gates of Hell! Surely now, we can rest together in this wondrous place forever?
That is not the way of the Bodhisattva! Oh no, I now know with absolute conviction, the quest must continue, for the path I must lead will take me straight back to the place I have spent my life trying to escape from! When I look around my mountaintop, I see that I am all alone, my soul is now a part of me, so my quest now is to descend my mountain and teach others how to climb their mountains, that is the way of the Bodhisattva.
The Bodhisattva learns that in time, he can ascend, then descend, again and again and again. However, if he so chooses, he can do this in his meditation.
The Bodhisattva is a Teacher