off come the stories, one by one
‘I’ dances naked as no-thing-ness
Meditation is a movement in and of the unknown.
You are not there,
only the movement.
True Meditation is the space in which everything gets revealed, everything gets seen, everything gets experienced.
True meditation has no direction, goals, or method. All methods aim at achieving a certain state of mind. All states are limited, impermanent and conditioned. Fascination with states only leads to bondage and dependence. True meditation is abidance as primordial consciousness. True meditation appears in consciousness spontaneously when awareness is not fixated on objects of perception.
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness
without objectification, knowing without thinking,
merging finitude in infinity.
Zen meditation, zazen, is the traditional discipline by which … contact with the innermost workings of Life, with the True Self, is made. There are, however, also other Zen disciplines, spoken of as “the Ways”: archery, … tea ceremony, calligraphy.
Seeing/drawing is such a Way, a “Zenless Zen”, without Oriental trappings, kimonos, folklore or even bamboo brushes, a Western Way leading to the awakening of the eye…
– Frederick Franck
Zen of Seeing:
Seeing/Drawing as Meditation
– Frederick Franck
Meditation is noticing the imagined sitting, standing, talking,
laughing, listening, reading the paper, drinking tea.
It’s quietly being as each image, thought, judgment, concept,
scene, illusion, dream of what can never be.
Perception without the perceiver in meditation is to commune with the height and depth of the immense. This perception is entirely different from seeing an object without an observer, because in that perception there is no object and therefore no experience. Meditation can, however, take place when the eyes are open and one is surrounded by objects of every kind. But then these objects have no importance at all. One sees them but there is no process of recognition, which means there is no experiencing.
The First and Last Freedom
What an extraordinary thing meditation is. If there is any kind of compulsion, effort to make thought conform, imitate, then it becomes a wearisome burden. The silence which is desired ceases to be illuminating; if it is the pursuit of visions and experiences, then it leads to illusions and self-hypnosis. Only in the flowering of thought and so ending thought does meditation have significance; thought can only flower in freedom not in ever-widening patterns of knowledge. Knowledge may give newer experiences of greater sensation but a mind that is seeking experiences of any kind is immature. Maturity is the freedom from all experience; it is no longer under any influence to be and not to be. Maturity in meditation is the freeing of the mind from knowledge for it shapes and controls all experience. A mind which is a light to itself needs no experience. Immaturity is the craving for greater and wider experience. Meditation is the wandering through the world of knowledge and being free of it to enter into the unknown.
– J Krishnamurti
As long as there is a ‘you’ doing or not-doing,
thinking or not-thinking,
‘meditating’ or ‘not-meditating’
you are no closer to home
than the day you were born.
The practice of meditation is represented by the three monkeys, who cover their eyes, ears and mouths so as to avoid the phenomenal world.
The practice of non-meditation is ceasing to be the see-er, hearer or speaker
while eyes, ears and mouths are fulfilling their function in daily life.
Owing to misuse of words one should not say, ‘Don’t meditate!’ One has to say, ‘Don’t call it ‘meditation’ if it is not, but if it is – don’t do it!’
– Wei Wu Wei
Wei Wu Wei