25-04-12

Paradijsvogel

"The bird of paradise lands only on the hand that does not grasp." ~Zen Proverb.

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14:39 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, Boeken, meditatie, spiritueel, Zen | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

desires....

"As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is." ~Ram Dass


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09:42 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, Boeken, meditatie, spiritueel, Zen | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

23-04-12

Sometimes your joy...

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." ~Thich Nhat Hanh.

 

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09:00 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, Boeken, meditatie, spiritueel, Zen | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

22-04-12

Wherever you are

"Wherever you are, be there totally." ~Eckhart Tolle.


 

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18:44 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, Boeken, meditatie, spiritueel, Zen | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

Find a job

''Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." ~Confucius.


 

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13:41 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, Boeken, meditatie, spiritueel | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

20-02-12

The Way of Zen

Net geen jaar geleden was hier de laatste posting, niet dat ik van het pad der Verlichting ben afgedwaald, maar eerder door omstandigheden niet meer heb gepost. 2011 een jaar om te vergeten of misschien net niet.  Sterfelijkheid en dood, ongeval en pech zijn de vaste gegevens geweest, maar ik heb het gevoel dat men er steeds sterker uitkomt zoals Nietzsche wel eens ponneerde. 

Naast mij ligt een belangrijk boekje van Frederick Franck (1909-2006), "Zen zien, Zen tekenen" of hoe tekenen kan leiden tot dieper inzicht en Verlichting, tekenen volgens Franck is dieper in het onderwerp doordringen, het onderwerp worden. Tekenen van de essentie, geen academische trucjes om het "mooier" te maken, nee, de diepste ziel beroeren van een bloem of een vlieg. De geest leegmaken, geen schets, geen kunst, alleen zijn en essentie ... mededogen en tekenen, alles in één actie. F. Franck een chirurg, later kunstenaar, die werkte samen met Albert Schweitzer, was vooral tekenaar en beeldhouwer, een mooi mens. (referte naar Frederick Franck; )

Ook het boekje "The way of Zen" van Allan Watts is uitstekende literatuur, een korte maar duidelijke intro in het Zen van het Westen. Hieronder vindt U de link naar de P2P download van het werkje (U dient een P2P programma te downloaden, zoals Vuze voor windows en voor Linux is het beste programma "Transmission", te downloaden via de Ubuntu webshop (gratis). 


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13:56 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, Boeken, meditatie, spiritueel, Zen | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

25-02-11

Independence is your soul's natural state.

Independence is your soul's natural state, and

Freedom is another name for God.

 

The Divine is that which is totally free, all the time.

Nothing constricts It, nothing limits It, nothing stops

It or prohibits It or denies It in any way.

 

You are exactly the same. Your soul is nothing

more than an Individuation of Divinity...and it is

absolutely nothing less. Act as if you are divinely

free today -- and watch your life change.

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(c) Erblo 2009 (photo)

  

 

22:58 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, spiritueel | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

18-12-10

Waarom liever geen kerstcadeaus ?

 

I love Christmas. I love the snow-themed everything, even when I was living on tropical Guam, and Santa and elves and reindeer and snowmen and candy canes. Yes, I even love the non-stop playing of Christmas music for two months.

Most of all, I love getting together with my family — eating Christmas cookies, singing Christmas carols together, gossiping and laughing at each other. It’s tremendous fun.

I don’t love Christmas shopping, or the overconsumption, frenzied malls, consumer debt, environmental waste, wasted time wrapping, and over-accumulation of needless stuff that goes with it.

Bah humbug! I love Christmas, but the shopping has got to go. Here’s why. Warning: This will be a rant of near-epic proportions. 

1. The focus is on buying, not on sharing. I love the idea of giving to people you love, but that idea has been twisted. Now people go out in a mad rush to shop, like ravenous vampires feasting on new blood. We shop for a month, rip apart the packaging one morning, and then forget about it the next day. Is this about giving, or buying?

2. Giving is great, but buying is not the solution. Again, I’m in love with giving … but do we need to buy to give? We seem to think that buying is the solution to any problem, but that has lead to a society that is deeply in debt and piled high with needless stuff. We can find other ways to give: bake cookies, wash someone’s car, babysit so they can go on a date night, create a photo album, be there when they need help moving.

3. The waste, oh the waste. Let’s start with packaging: the packaging for every toy is double the volume of the toy itself. From cardboard to plastic to metal twist-ties, it’s ridiculous. Then every item we buy must be brought home in bags. We often put everything in boxes. Then we buy wrapping paper and wrap it all up. All of this gets thrown away on Christmas day. Finally, there’s the gift itself — people get so much stuff they can’t possibly treasure everything. So it goes into the closet to be forgotten.

4. The sorrowful debt. Most people spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on gifts and wrapping. Not to mention all the money spent on gas, driving to different shopping places, and the money spent on fattening food at mall food courts. This goes on credit cards (and around our waistlines), and we then must pay for this — with high interest — during the year. Even if you don’t get into debt, you’re spending money earned from long hours of hard work — is this really how you want to spend your life, paying for needless stuff so corporations can get rich?

5. The horrendous, insipid, seizure-inducing advertising. I can’t stand advertising, and it only gets worse on Christmas. The ads pound on you relentlessly until you give in — and it works. That’s been proven — those ads are getting you to buy more, to want more, to lay down the credit card. I don’t watch TV, read newspapers or magazines, or allow ads in my browser (AdBlock) so that I don’t have to be subjected to this.

6. The fuel. If you drive all over the place to shop, you’re using lots of fuel. Even if you just order online, think of the fuel it takes to deliver these products (overnight!) to your home. And the fuel used to create the products, to get the raw materials to the factories, to cut down the raw materials, to ship the finished product to the stores or warehouses from around the world (most likely from China), not to mention all the fuel used to create and ship the packaging. It’s a few million metric craploads of fuel, wasted for giving some presents that will be forgotten.

7. There are still hungry people in the world. In the frenzy that is Christmas shopping, we spend ridiculous amounts of money that is pure waste. In other countries, people are struggling just to eat, or get medicine, or find shelter, or get clean drinking water. We spend so much in a show of consumerist greed, when that money could go to feed a few dozen families. If you have money to waste, consider donating it to an organization that is helping these types of families. I know this sounds preachy, but really, this kind of reminder is necessary in times like these.

8. The neverending clutter. What happens to all the gifts? They go on our shelves, in our closets, on the floor. We already have so much clutter — do we need more? We already have problems figuring out what to do with everything we own. Why do we want to clutter our homes even more? Why do we want to force clutter on our loved ones, oblige them to find a spot in their already cluttered homes for this gift we’ve given them, so they won’t offend us when we come to visit? Is this obligation really a gift?

 

Opmerking: de tekst is van Leo Babauta. De foto van mij Stoer

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17:32 Gepost door Erwin GAJ. Blondé in alg. wijsheid, spiritueel | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

07-12-10

Stop Running Away

 

Stop Running Away From Real Life

We are busier and busier chasing down our moment in the sun, and have forgotten what it means to look up and feel thanks for the light that makes our life possible. It is impossible to rush, to want to feel "important," and to appreciate life at the same time.

 

 

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17-11-10

There is no reason to hesitate

 

There is no reason to hesitate when you know

that you have nothing to lose. And losing is not

an act of God, it is a thought in the mind of

humans.

 

Get rid of the thought and you get rid of doubt.

Ride your Wisdom to Victory.

 

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