It’s been interesting to spend 100 days on WordPress. During this short period of time, I managed to have some fun, meet some nice people, learn something from you and something about myself. Now I have decided to return to meditation and focus on my study and practice. Otherwise I would be just engaging in endless frolics, repeating the cycles of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, clinging to the false sense of a self, and ultimately perpetuating the cycle of samsara … To all people who’re kind to me, thank you 🍑 One day I might come back and hopefully could be a better friend to you … Until then, take care.
I find this story inspiring and helpful –
One day the Buddha and some monks sat together having a good time. An anxious farmer passed by, asking if they had seen any of his 12 cows, which he had been depending on to till his acres of plantation.
The Buddha said, “No, we haven’t seen any cows. You might want to look in the other direction.”
As the farmer hurriedly headed toward the other direction, the Buddha said to the monks, “I am so happy we don’t have cows, otherwise we would have to constantly worry about them getting lost.”
And I find this Zen parable might be helpful to let go of the grasping at a self –
There was a farmer who’d spent his life plowing a field with a hoe. His hard work brought about some harvest, but the harvest always gave rise to further desire. He felt like being towed by an invisible hand, treading the same circle over and over again. One day, a Zen master walked by, happy and free. The farmer wanted to attain that kind of liberty, so he got rid of everything to follow suit.
The only thing he carefully stored away, is the hoe. After all, it’s a fine hoe, and throughout his whole life he’d been depending on it for livelihood.
So he became a diligent practitioner of Zen. After years in the pursuit of enlightenment, however, he still wasn’t entirely liberated. Then one day, he realized something – rushing back home he took out the hoe, threw it into a river. Finally, he’s free. 🐞