Archive for July 2014

Dharma Talk: Jon Kabat-Zinn – “The Healing Power of Mindfulness”

Things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise

From Steve:

The koan appears unfathomable. The famous oak table we can knock our knuckle on – solid – is almost entirely empty space. Our perceptions are useful (we can unflinchingly enjoy breakfast seated at the oak table) and unreliable. There is unobserved spaciousness all around us.

The thoughts, feelings and perceptions awash in our minds can seem like a solid stream. Recalling the stout oak table, the mind, too, is almost entirely spaciousness. It just appears crammed with thoughts. Aware and attentive, clarity settles in and we find expansive, abundant peacefulness as the mountain valley in which our stream of thoughts runs.

We have the habit energy of acquiring the truth, fortifying and differentiating our selves. Things are not as they seem – spacious and not solid. Nor are things otherwise. There is no solid truth to hold on to, not even spaciousness.

To look deeply is first to let go of our notion of perceiving and knowing. A devastating loss?

Dharma Talk: Thich Nhat Hanh, Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health (from:Talks at Google)