Friday Tea-time . . . the zen tea destressing art – and our teas | Yellow Tea #2

It’s Friday – and it’s tea time . . . time to take time out for our de-stressing tea-way ritual. This week I’m continuing the focus on Yellow Tea: and here’s my guidance for your contemplation . . .   “yellow” in its energy connects us at our solar plexus chakra, giving us a culture of awareness of energetic birthing into connectedness with Planet and Nature. Let’s go deeper into the process . . . and benefits.

 

Yellow Tea

Yellow tea is produced similarly to White Tea and Green Tea although an additional step is added. This extra step produces a tea that brews into a golden hue and features a mellow flavor without grassy notes. When you learn more about the basics of Yellow Tea, you can unearth some of the best types on the Planet. This is the process:

The leaves are harvested in early spring and immediately dried using direct sunlight or gentle pan-firing. Once dry, the leaves are wrapped in wet paper or cloth to induce a mild oxidation process through steaming. The yellow tea leaves are oxidized for up to three days and may undergo additional firing or drying rounds. This tea processing method produces a yellowing effect on the tea leaves.

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One of the Best Types of Yellow Tea

There are just a few types of yellow tea in the world since the production process is difficult and the tradition of making yellow tea has become more obscure. Fortunately, the varieties remaining are high-quality and delicately produced to elicit the classic flavor of this ancient tea.

Jun Shan Yin Zhen [Silver Needle]  : This tea is cultivated on Jun Shan island in the Hunan Province of China. It was used as a tribute tea in ancient times and is reputed to be the favorite tea of Mao Zedong. The tea offers flavor characteristics that are similar to silver needle white tea. It is slightly floral and mildly sweet with a light and airy body. No wonder I love this tea with a name like “Yin Zhen” : Meditation of the Goddess!

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Flavor and Color

Yellow tea is from the type of tea known as true teas. These types of tea are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, known more commonly as the tea plant. What makes this tea so desirable is its rarity. Yellow tea is a Chinese tea that is difficult to find outside of China. That’s because the process to produce this tea is time intensive, requires additional labor, and proves to be difficult when it comes to large-scale quality control. As a result, there are only three main types of yellow tea available on the market today.

Yellow Tea offers a mellow flavor that is similar to green tea. It does not have the grassy smell associated with green tea and the yellow tea leaves tend to have a smoother taste. The tea brews into a characteristic yellow, golden hue.

There are just a few types of yellow tea in the world since, you’ll probably realise, the production process is difficult and the tradition of making yellow tea has become more obscure. Fortunately, the varieties remaining are high-quality and delicately produced to elicit the classic flavor of this ancient tea.

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How do I make Yellow Tea?

Making Yellow Tea involves many of the same brewing techniques as Green tea or White tea. As this is a rare tea, it is more likely you’ll be brewing using loose leaf teas rather than tea bags. Use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every single cup serving. Boiling water will burn the flavor of the delicate yellow tea leaves, so use water between 165 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit instead, which usually means let the water go off the boil for 3 minutes. Steep the tea leaves for 3 minutes and then set aside. You can use Yellow Tea leaves for up to 4 to 6 infusions.

[For more on the Health benefits of Yellow Tea read my blog here]

 

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As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a tea like Yellow Tea for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.

Enjoy! suzen

 

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Some Of Our Buddhas Are A Bit Bonkers . . .

Every so often I like to write from my own voice of truth: about the way I’ve seen Zen and Yoga culture changing over the last 30-or-so years . . . so this type of blog is a bit different from my usual content of “how-to – . . . ” etc: about some of my thoughts on Osho, the Zen Master.

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I’m not a great fan of gurus – everyone should be their own guru as far as I’m concerned – but there is definitely a “Guru Mentality” and they often draw heavily on certain archetypes to get reactions and give us zen “thwacks” upside our heads. I mean of course, for example, the typical trickster antics designed to shock us out of our little mental ruts. Something that Osho, the master was good at even when he was a plain “Shree” . . . (Sri Baghwan Rajneesh).

When true Guru energy is good energy it is powerful: your experience will be changed for ever by a true Guru in your life. It’s the energy that keeps the Ashram (work and living place for practice) alive and thriving positively. It’s the teacher that brings light out of darkness and seeringly illuminates everything with “truth” . . . (Gu – darkness; Ru – light).

For instance, I love this vintage Osho – “be Zorba the Buddha” . . . and: “your buddha mind, your buddha heart, your buddha nature are all there just waiting to be revealed . . . and existence needs every drop of you.” As the Master, he knew that we could all be the buddhas we truly are but that we might need our butts kicking every so often to just sit down and meditate and stop being neurotic.

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True Buddha Nature

But . . . if being your true buddha nature means being a bit bonkers . . . then what?

And Osho certainly was insistent in that guru-type no-messing way, that we shouldn’t try to be gurus, gurus are self-gratifiers . . . and promptly guru-ified himself. What a contradiction . . . but as our own zen monk at our then-Sangha,  Shinrin told us: “unique”.

Because Osho certainly knew that everyone is still human – that the weeds of co-emergent energy (the crap) come up with the blossoms of living in the magic; that if you spend your day meditating as your medicine then you can’t be watching what the entourage are up to . . . and chaos can break out, because chaos does, and as long as you’re alert and watchful and mindful, then it’s just an experience.

But if the leader’s finger is off the button, chaos can get scary.

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Shinrin gave us an insight on the last zen Sangha weekend here in Baltimore. He’d been an Osho sannyasin, there at the last in America when things were getting crazy. Osho had given him his “orange-people” sannyasi name and then turned him onto zen. [The “orange people” were Osho’s followers in London when he was Shree Bagwan Rajneesh meditation teacher.]

And this was the insight: They grew up in such poverty in India, these teachers. They had so many barriers, personal, psychological, emotional, spiritual to break through as young sannyasins themselves, during the epoch when Shree Bagwan Rajneesh (later Osho) and his cohorts were steeped in their Yoga training.

I have an old book by one of Swami Satyananda’s students, written from the view point of a yogi, and he poignantly points out that they were trying themselves to break through Victorian values imposed on them by the authoritarianism of an obsolete empire.

This is something I totally empathise with, having grown up in Bradford in Yorkshire, England – and its mixed Asian population (Pakistani, Indian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh) – and from the never-to-be-forgotten experience of training there with my meditation teacher, Sam Singh. They would be clueless, these young bloods of brahminism – and uncomprehending as to why the followers weren’t just deep in sadhana and discipline: too much into ahimsa and samadhi and motivating us all into living in intoxicating bliss.

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So, when he was kicked out of America for causing stink, someone lent Osho a plane and he circled the planet, unwelcome in most countries (I’m not going to touch on politics at all here). Ireland let him land and he spent a short time here. Apparently, he’d got on the plane clutching a handful of gold watches – still the young Indian brahmin suffering from compulsions caused by the spiritual riches and material poverty of the East he so often spoke about?

He thought he was dying then. One of his transcribed discourses reminded me when I was deep in my own grief and feeling country-less in England following my husband’s death – that there are “skies upon skies to be experienced”. And, as it turned out, a few years from his own death he spent months in the skies with no country to take him in, until eventually India had to as he had an Indian passport.

Too much consciousness and not enough grounding? Not enough living in reality, and in the moment of zen?

Or just a result of gurus of his generation not really having to deal with practicalities? As Gandhi had to learn in 6 years of imprisonment, there are consequences to the minutae of physical existence here and now . . .

Anyway, Shinrin said that Osho had said that he was “only here to point the finger”.

And now, they teach his style in University Communications courses: the use of silence; speaking for 3 hours at a time; storytelling to pick up the energy when people were falling asleep . . . There’s an Osho classic bit of video on Youtube “Almost Drunk with Emotional Wellness”, a concept which just fills my heart with laughter!

As Shinrin told us again – we were all cosy by the stove, after our Saturday evening zazen sit and one of my “Bradford curries” (Sag Paneer), deep in storytelling and conversation – “Osho was unique”.

So the voice of my heart says: Yes. I will continue to pass on his discourses and to be inspired myself by some of the truly “bonkers” nature of the teachings of a man who was uniquely a “zorba” (reference to the film Zorba the Greek) and a buddha. And out of respect for a consumate communicator, treat him as a master (though fallen guru) for his Satsangs . . .

. . . because that’s what he believed his purpose was . . . and so he fulfilled the seventh and final law of spiritual success.

You can find more vintage Osho at osho.com and my health warning is: be responsible and grown up, use your own discretion and the guru wisdom within you.

And if you do experience your own buddha nature is a bit bonkers and feel off the page when you strive to follow your bliss . . . I guess communing with like-minded spirits is the only way to go . Either that, or all the pain and trouble and dulling down of yourself that comes with denial and not being who you were born to be? Om.

Namaste, Susan

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My own teaching of an audio guided meditation download The Guru Within is available here on The Kindest Revolution website.

My teaching, writing, and Spoken Word anthems as the artist SuZen, is about dedication to practice of Zen, Meditation and Yoga: it stands for spirituality, understanding, Zen, energy and nutrition through practices.

“As founder of SuZenYoga, I’m delighted to be your teacher and guide during these exciting times in human existence: a time when we are so close to a new dawn of re-balancing our world – and I aim to teach simply and with inspiration and hope. Practice may not be easy, but it’s the only Way for some of us.”

 

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Wednesday Wisdoms | Voice of Men | wisdoms . . . for our growth: Mastery of Consciousness

I left the Wednesday slot on the Blog free purposefully, intuitively wanting to know what would “flow in”. Wisdom is what seems to want to flow . . . but maybe not every Wednesday, so maybe there’ll be a blog or post of some kind, and maybe not. As long as the inspiration keeps coming, I’ll keep going with it.

This series of inspirations is a new way of distilling wisdom and passing it onto you . . . “Voice of Men”. This week Nandhiji’s is the voice of Yoga Wisdom.

 

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This is Yoga Wisdom: Mastery of Consciousness from Nandhiji

 

Nandhiji’s words: . . . “Empower Each Thought! Each thought contains a magnificent reality that We can gift ourselves and Humanity.”

 

Siddhar yogic mystic wisdom of Liberation. Break the limits of body, mind and circumstances. The yogic wisdom way to awaken the Inner Prophet. Nandhiji gives yogic wisdom teachings on the way to awaken the Inner Prophet: Mastery of Consciousness is a gift to ourself.

 

“Arise in the Mastery of Consciousness!”

Nandhiji,

Founder: Declaration of Consciousness Movement

Book: Mastery of Consciousness

 

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“May Humanity arise in Consciousness”: Nandhiji

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[You can subscribe to Nandhiji’s YouTube channel here, and make your Declaration of  Consciousness here]

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“Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right.”

Enjoy! suzen

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Tuesday Teachings – thrive | Skin #2 : self-care and massage

Regular massage boosts circulation, carrying the blood supply to the skin to help with the healing work. Elasticity and skin tone, muscle tone do noticeably improve with massage. Massage and Skin-elimination are two techniques which are vital to a Health and Vitality Plan for living well and to restoring balance to your body. They go hand in hand, one assists the other. Today, I’m featuring one of the simplest ways-in to a self-care routine with self-massage: Ayurvedic Foot self-massage.

 

Balance and Massage

Nature loves balance. Your body always strives to be in balance, no matter what you do to it. If you work with it using some pretty simple natural techniques, you can help boost your circulation, rid your body of waste products and harmful toxins – and you might be surprised what you find out about your own body in the process.

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Here’s Another Bit of My Story

While I was waiting for nature and supplements to do their repair jobs on my skin when my skin elasticity had suffered badly, I massaged daily. What had happened that I’d had such a sudden and noticeable reaction? Stress . . . 4 years of writing a difficult book on Catholic Guilt and its effects on women’s lives, mainly through the unnecessary burden of guilt. The project had been depressing.

So, cut a long story short, this is one of the simple self-massage technique I used: the Ayurvedic massage technique for a foot ritual . . . starting any ritual or practice with the feet is quite traditional in Ayurveda.

In general, though, let’s look at the overall benefits of massage:  it is circulation boosting, moves toxins, helps mobilize fat, it is positively mood enhancing and it is wonderfully relaxing.

A self-massage movement needs to be a gentle circular motion with the fingers, never dragging or stretching the skin (especially for facial massage, in the delicate areas of the neck and eye areas). Gentle rubbing, always working towards the heart, is enough for the oils you choose to use to be absorbed by the skin, to stimulate circulation and affect mood. Most powerfully, massage is an incredibly positive way of showing yourself that you care about you and your bodymind system.

 

Self-care is the Self-Healing in Self Effort,

One should, with a body free from illness,

and a mind free from distress,

pursue self-knowledge

Ancient Sage Vasistha

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Here’s a Refresher on “thrive” . . .

When you think “thrive”, think of all the seemingly small, but necessary daily elements of life as the miraculous organ you are as a human being. At our essence we are a living organism, on a living Planet, in a living Universe. So, here’s something else I’ve been teaching this for over 20 years : the miracle of our skin as an organism, and how we help it eliminate toxins: the teaching never changes, results of practice are always the same . . .[ you can review part #1 of this blog thread here.]

 

All we are on a physical level as a human being is air, water and food. And physically, our body’s 10-13 trillion cells replace themselves every 100 days [just over 3 months]. How about that for a “slow flow”? And how do we help our organism to replace and renew?

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Why we do what we do to thrive: learning to be “you”

I’m a teacher, so repeating myself goes with the job! Small steps, small changes . . . one day at a time: in 100 days from now you’ll be a new you! I’ve said this to you before, I’m sure there’ll be many tellings again. [ Read more about this in my blog  . . . thrive | Rest and Relaxation #1 ]

 

And, so, let’s talk about repetition and commitment as well as practicalities and practices: we could take the attitude of  “What’s the point in showering we’re only going to get dirty again?” or  “Why bother washing up when we’re only going have to redo it when we reuse the dishes.” Come to think of it, what’s the point in eating, when we’ll be hungry in a few hours time? And of course, sleeping’s unnecessary, too . . .  we just always end up feeling tired again, don’t we? I don’t think I need to say anymore, do I? Some things in life just need to be repeated: and diligently.

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A single change doesn’t always effect a permanent transformation. But taking things one step at a time in your day eventually leads to trillions of new cells of “you-ness”. Proper self-care is one of the yogic principles for health and a healthy life: the way we thrive. My Ayurvedic Foot Bliss Self-Massage is 30 minutes of bliss for your skin – for some people starting simply with our feet is a gentle way-in to regular self-care. [This audio download practice comes from my The Kindest Revolution website.]

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Enjoy! suzen

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Monday Motivations | creative chaos a-la zen.vegan.thrive : Return to Tao 174 HZ | One hour meditation energy medicine

Creativity gets chaotic: chaos energy is Primordial Mother feminine energy of process. Our creativity comes from intuition and inspiration and neither can be controlled – this is how I give myself space for the chaos, by producing mantras and meditation energy medicine tracks for chanting, movement meditation and videos: all intended to raise our vibrations.

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Peaceful Flute and Rainsticks mixed with a subliminal track at the Schumann Resonance of the Earth’s Heartbeat for an experience of deep peace.

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Return to Tao | 174 HZ | Rebirthing into Now | Music Meditation Energy | Innocence Security Love

 

 

Return to Tao 174 Hz | One Hour | Peaceful Meditation Energy Music | Meditative Flute and Rainsticks

This is a simple meditation music energy medicine : a return to innocence and harmonising with Divine Feminine process so we can settle into our awareness of inspiration, creativity and constant Universal renewal.

Using headphones to listen enhances the effect of the frequency [ which does aid inner peace and Serotonin release] . In our deep meditation we are constantly “going to the sweet spot” at the Pineal Gland or Bindhu Chakra.

The frequencies I used in the mix/production: Peaceful Flute and Rainsticks/Pure Silence: 174 Hz

Namaste! Enjoy, suZen

Buy the 1 Hour MP3 track in the Bliss Store: this mix has the subliminal 7.83 Hz track

CREDITS: Flute sample: Kerri @ Freesound:  [License]
Pure Silence/Rainsticks mix : SuZen

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Sunday Spirituality | . . open-heart-ed-ness . . Voice of Suzen zen poetry

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Open-heart-ed-ness,

ego-lessness,

when

everything

is

in your own heart

there

is

no distance

between

you

and

everything else.

. . .

Your heart

is

in your body,

your heart centre

is

in your energy body,

within

the mother of existence

. . .

there

is no distance

between

your body

and

existence.

. . .

Breath

bringing

one-ness.

. . .

Let process

of

breath

taking ancient tension

away

just happen,

removing

old obstacles

to

your life freedom,

don’t try

to

control

or

resist

this process.

. . .

Have courage

and

let

free flow of breath

help you

to be

dynamically

alive,

here and now,

flowing

with

patterns

of existence

NOW.

 

Open-heart-ed

. . .

   suzen

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Edition #8 Zen Vegan Thrive Weekly | On the “Newsstand” Saturday 16th November | SuZen Editorial

Welcome to this week’s newspaper!

This week I want to continue our editorial thread on music reviews with a stunning write-up of a stunning Artist: Justyn Brodsky reviews Australian inspirational artist-by-song Wolfe Black – in the headline articles

As usual we have a couple of incisive articles from Dr Vandana Shiva – the Declaration of Animal Rights shared by David Marinelli – along with good news on how we’re going to get healthy on Spirulina and off sugar!

 

Paying tribute this week to our music legends and their legacy of inspiration, this week featuring The Staple Singers [check the videos section]. Pops Staples was close to Dr Martin Luther King, being at one of his last political meetings – and the Staple Singers were focal in the 1960’s Civil Rights awareness movement, being inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Sometimes it’s good to sing “Heavy Makes you Happy –  Shana Boo Boop Yeh”?

The video feature in its fifth week now, giving men who have taught us our way forward a voice is in the paper’s lower third: The Pale Blue Dot: Carl Sagan’s spoken word – he inspired with what is considered the best speech on humanity’s foolishness and the fragility of our Planet Earth.

In the video section:  Astrology by Adam Elenbaas | Animal Spirit and Element tarot card readings by San Tarot and a weekend energy update by Ali  | Vegan cooking by Avante Garde Vegan | More “mad weather” by MrMBBB | Plus more chanting and Chakra practice from me.

We go to press today with yet more incredible contributions from the “I Declare World Peace” art movement [check the photos section] and a declaration in the videos by The Purple Doves | Don’t Give Me No Rifle : “I declare World Peace” for our November 11th Remembrance Day dedication.

Hit the subscribe button under the top banner in my By-line to get the weekly paper into your email inbox and all your donations are most welcome as blessings which will help the Newspaper thrive!

Much love
“Live well yourself, live well with others and our Planet”
SuZen

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Friday Tea-time . . . the zen destressing art and our teas | Yellow Tea

It’s Friday – and it’s tea time . . . time to take time out for our tea-way ritual. This week the focus is on Yellow Tea: and here’s my guidance for your contemplation . . .   “yellow” in its energy connects us at our solar plexus chakra, giving us a culture of awareness of energetic birthing into connectedness with Planet and Nature.

 

Yellow Tea

Yellow tea is produced similarly to White Tea and Green Tea although an additional step is added. This extra step produces a tea that brews into a golden hue and features a mellow flavor without grassy notes. When you learn more about the basics of Yellow Tea, you can unearth some of the best types on the Planet.

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Types and Characteristics

Yellow tea is from the type of tea known as true teas. These types of tea are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, known more commonly as the tea plant. Other famous teas in this same classification include green tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea, and pu-erh tea.

What makes this tea so desirable is its rarity. Yellow tea is a Chinese tea that is difficult to find outside of China. That’s because the process to produce this tea is time intensive, requires additional labor, and proves to be difficult when it comes to large-scale quality control. As a result, there are only three main types of yellow tea available on the market today.

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Health Benefits

Yellow tea is packed with antioxidants including polyphenols and catechins that are beneficial to overall health. These antioxidants work to prevent damage known as oxidative stress, which is caused by the presence of free radicals. This type of stress is known to break down healthy cellular processes and can contribute to premature aging as well as mental decline. Yellow Tea is naturally calorie-free, making it a great choice for people on weight loss regimes: particularly when we’re looking to replace sugary sodas with healthier alternatives.

 

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As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a tea like Yellow Tea for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.

 

 

Enjoy! suzen

With Gratitude to Cup and Leaf: we’ve partnered up with these lovely people – and when you buy your teas from them, we get a little bit of commission which helps to support the zen.vegan.thrive Newspaper every week! Check out their own amazing Tea Bundles in their shop.

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You can make donations to support the teachings! Namaste

zen of tomorrow #2 . . . the Whole, the One, “the Way”

I want to tell you a little more in the Thursday blog today about the influence of the Tao on Zen . . . and how “The Regarder of the Cries of the World” became a Goddess.

Incense and Bamboo Baltimore 2011

This blog is part of my continual teaching on the roots of Zen and Yoga: both growing from the same source of ancient teachings in India: Tantra – and part of my initiating you into an understanding of how zen has always changed with the culture, because culture changes zen. “Culture” is Dharma, or the Way . . . it is both what culture needs of us, and what uncovering our true selves brings to the Way.

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“The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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As Zen travelled through Oriental Asia with the patriarchs, mysticism, deeply rooted in the ethics and discipline of Yoga and India, merged with the spirit of emptiness of Buddhism, the mystery of the One-ness of the true nature of the Tao – the way of Heaven that permeates and guides everything – and the earthiness of Confucionism – the way of Earth, into a deep spirit that is Zen . .  . the Way.

Incense and Bamboo 2 Baltimore 2011

As the Bodhidharma taught, everyone has a buddha mind, part of the One-ness and which is uncovered in meditation: there is no hierarchy or superiority and anyone can become a Buddha through meditation’s transformation. The foundation for learning Zen, direct transmission, mind to mind with the teacher, became the Spirit of Zen.

Korea’s greatest Zen Master, Chinul (1158 -1210) taught that there is a sentient intelligence within each person, the principle behind seeing and hearing:  the individual mind, the buddha-nature.  This principle is what makes it possible for human beings to become enlightened – human beings are capable of using all aspects of their intelligence for enlightened living.  Each has its place in the grand scheme of buddha nature.

Master Chinul also taught that all external sign-oriented phenomena are invitations to experience a truer, deeper understanding at the absolute level of wisdom: in other words, as we say, in meditation a solitary person can open their heart and mind to signs from heaven which show you the way to living from your wisdom mind. The path of enlightenment is here and now, through symbols and words, as well as through experience.

And, experientially, by the time Zen reached Korea, via China, the mythical Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara had changed gender.  By now the god had become a “she”.

Myth and Culture

That the Gods of Yoga could be both male and female, and there being no sanskrit male/female pronoun for divinity in India, was a strange concept when Buddhism arrived in China.  But as usually happened with myth in culture, benign deities could be easily assimilated, and so when the Buddhists imported statues of Avalokiteshvara to China, the Chinese didn’t have a tradition of bisexual gods containing all the divine male/female energy of creation, they understood the figure to be female.  He/she became the “Goddess of Compassion” Kwan Yin, and “The Regarder of the Cries of the World” in the Zen tradition became “she”.

The Yin and The Yang

There is an ancient Taoist story of the separation of the yin and yang, which seems to be an origin for the Tao version of the Avolokiteshvara myth, The Regarder of the Cries of the World, and it’s about the origin of  The Cry:  tens of thousands of years ago just as humankind was beginning to be able to think, we were also beginning our separation from the One, in order to evolve and develop. The Yin and the Yang separated and the pain of separation was expressed in the deep cry of the heart of mankind – a hunger and a yearning. In the story, our cries are always heard and our yearning to return to the whole is watched over with great compassion.  And in order to return to the whole, we must learn to surrender our thinking-mind back to the One Reality, consciousness.

The early Chinese Zen patriarchs were well versed in the Chinese classics, and they integrated Zen with the accepted philosophies of China, particularly Taoism. Each of the patriarchs contributed in their own way to integrating Buddhism and Taoism to form the uniqueness that is Zen: Taoism sees all phenomena in the world as yin and yang opposites, whilst Buddhism views all as emptiness, and Zen blends the two in the “vast Great Way that is neither easy or difficult” (Zen Master Seng-ts’an).

As usual, Zen changed with the culture and the culture changed with Zen.

 

Caring for the Whole

And so, compassionately and non-judgementally, caring for the Whole and all the while watching over the innumerable, countless numbers of humanity . . . .  the goddess/god of compassion had made her way through India, through the lands of the Tao and Confucious, to Zen in Japan and, in listening to our cries of hunger . . . to us in the West.

In one of the elegant, completing-the-circle brushstrokes of Zen, we in the West heard the deep-heart cries of those in difficulty in the land of Zen, Japan, following the catastrophic wake of the Tsunami.

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The Way of Tea

As a final aside, Master Eisai (read my blog strand on The Tea Way over the last few weeks) also brought the tea ceremony with him from China to Japan –  he brought tea seeds back with him and planted the first tea garden on monastery grounds which eventually lead to the Tea Way: tea drinking as a Zen Art. Elements of the tea Way are to accept, appreciate and revere what naturally occurs, exactly as it is – in an atmosphere of  harmony, tranquillity, purity and reverence: we are all equal when we take time out for tea, with the concerns of the world temporarily distant.

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I’m leaving with you with my own words that the light dancing in the dark brought to me this week:

Our lives are so fleeting, floating motes
dust on the light of the Universe’s dark canvass
that is the night of the soul
and still, we dance in the mystery
Susan (d. 20??)

 

Sources:  Sheldon B. Kopp:  If you meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!;  C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins:  Simple Zen;  Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance;   Dainin Katagiri:  You have to Say Something; The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara:  The Myth of the Great Secret: An appreciation of Joseph Campbell (Celestial Arts, 1990);  Barbara Shoshanna: Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World.

 

My teaching, writing, and Spoken Word anthems as the artist SuZen, is about dedication to practice of Zen, Meditation and Yoga: it stands for spirituality, understanding, Zen, energy and nutrition through practices.

“As founder of SuZenYoga, I’m delighted to be your teacher and guide during these exciting times in human existence: a time when we are so close to a new dawn of re-balancing our world – and I aim to teach simply and with inspiration and hope. Practice may not be easy, but it’s the only Way for some of us.”

Meet The Teacher | Susan Ni Rahilly | SuZen

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Wednesday Wisdoms | Voice of Men | wisdoms . . . for our growth: The Pale Blue Dot

I left the Wednesday slot on the Blog free purposefully, intuitively wanting to know what would “flow in”. Wisdom is what seems to want to flow . . . but maybe not every Wednesday, so maybe there’ll be a blog or post of some kind, and maybe not. As long as the inspiration keeps coming, I’ll keep going with it. This series of inspirations is a new way of distilling wisdom and passing it onto you . . . “Voice of Men”.

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Wisdom inspiration for your day : The Pale Blue Dot Carl Sagan

 

Carl Sagan’s words: . . . the best speech about Humanity: ” . . . everyone you love, everyone you know, is here on this pale blue dot”

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Carl Sagan gives one of the best speeches ever about Humanity – and how foolishly we behave. His message is about the fragility of Earth and the pettiness of war as seen through a cosmic lens.

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Pale Blue Dot is one of the most important and reflective speeches about the human condition and our place in the Universe. The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers from Earth, as part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images.

 

 

[ Wikipedia: Carl Sagan ]

[Blue Dot image is taken from my meditation video: Heart Beat of the Earth]

[Video by Patrick Mylund Nielsen. He makes some incredibly powerful videos. You can subscribe to his channel here, and like/share: https://www.youtube.com/user/pmylund]

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Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right.

Enjoy! suzen

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