THE ENLIGHTENED MANIFESTER
Zen is a word difficult to grasp. In fact many of us may never understand it completely in our present life time. Zen is a mindset.
The word Zen originated in Chinese Ch’an Buddhism. Conceived earlier in the Mahayana movement, introduced into China in the 6th century a.d. and into Japan in the 12th century.
Zen is a certain kind of understanding of the world around us. Zen is not a religion – it is a philosophy.
Zen has more than one definition. One of the many definitions says:
Zen emphasizes enlightenment of the student by the most direct possible means, accepting formal studies and observances when they form part of such means.
The words “to concentrate“ or “to think deliberately”, may meet the intent of Zen or being in the Zen.
However, we add the descriptor word – “Effortless”. Being in the Zen is thinking deliberately and effortlessly. “Simplicity” is also part of the Zen state of mind.
Zen is not a work process or a goal achievement. You cannot “bust ass” (work very hard) and be in the Zen at the same time.
Remember these three principles of Zen:
Enlightenment. Studies. Observances.
Most teachers of Zen do not understand Zen. Thus, I’m not teaching you. I only share with you my thoughts.
I study. I observe and I seek Enlightenment.
You can attract and manifest. But there is a price to pay during manifesting into existence – it is obliviousness to everything else other than the objective. That is because attracting and manifesting can be slavery.
The Tao in chapter 1 addresses two things: the eternal name that cannot be named. And following it – the issue of manifestation.
“Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations”
My lesson is: I can manifest. But the price I pay when manifesting is existence in oblivion to everything else, other than the objective.
Knowing how to manifest is not enlightenment – it is knowledge. Enlightenment and knowledge are different from each other.
Enlightenment may result sometimes in manifesting in the Zen spirit.