Tag Archives: Zen
Thinking positive thoughts, feeling positive emotions – is the holy grail in the modern world so filled with fear and negativity. How do I always have a positive self-image? How do I avoid negative thoughts leading to negative emotions? So many books written, so many words said on the subject, and yet, we still love […]
It has been just over 7 years when I came to do an art residency at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, USA. I was lucky to be in the last group of trainees who met Daido Roshi, about a month before his death from lung cancer. His life story was a remarkable one: sailor in […] […]
From the early childhood, we are told what is beautiful and what is not. As children, we find everything around us fascinating and new because we don’t have yet this structure, this imaginary scale… Source: Zen and unexpected beauty
Talking to a friend recently I was reminded that most people already know that living from an awakened perspective is wonderful, and what they are actually looking for – is information on how to get there, a clear path, a secret recipe, some logical stepwise method. I used to look for that as well, for […]
What does it mean – truly examined life? I used to think that it is an accumulation of knowledge, analysis, comparison of ideas and concepts and finding the one, true viewpoint. Finding a description of the world that explains it all, gives all the answers. I thought if I read, memorize, analyze enough I will […]
After searching and meditating for years, I’ve started to see how endless chewing on abstract “me”-thoughts was pulling me away from simply being here and enjoying now. I tried different mindfulness techniques, struggling in vain to pin my unruly mind to here and now…but it didn’t work. For my Ego, there wasn’t simply anything interesting […]
I’ve spent 6 months in Zen Mountain Monastery, USA. It was quite difficult, yet unforgettable time. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ryushin sensei, Shugen sensei, monastics and residents.