Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs

Steve Hagen

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0060730579

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“[Hagan’s] book will appeal to readers interested in what true Zen practice is supposed to be about beyond all the popular images and colorful stories.”

—Robert M. Pirsig, New York Times bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


Buddhism is Not What You Think is a clear, direct, and engaging guide to the most essential elements of spiritual inquiry: attention, intention, honesty with oneself, compassion, and the desire to awaken. A renowned Zen teacher, Steve Hagen offers a valuable hands-on guidebook in which examples from everyday life are presented alongside stories from Buddhist teachers past and present to banish misconceptions and inspire the newcomer and the knowledgeable practitioner alike. Buddhism is Not What You Think—it is both more…and less.

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mystery. Reality is clear, obvious, and (metaphorically) well illumined. If you pay careful attention to your actual experience, this is what you’ll find. There’s truly no ultimate mystery at all, until we grasp. The Buddha said, “Be a light unto yourself; betake yourselves to no external refuge.” Why? Because there is no such refuge. Nor is any needed. The thing you want to reach for to sustain you and help you is merely a construct of your own imagination. Ultimately, it will only hinder you,

reason for going there to practice meditation. But if this is all we ’ve got in mind, we’re missing a far more subtle point. For one thing, the countryside isn’t always tranquil. Even though it was very peaceful on my canoe trip, the fact is that storms can come up. I’ve been in that same wilderness when the weather’s been frightening. I’ve seen wind, rain, and hail topple large trees. In fact, a storm passed through the area the very next summer that toppled virtually all the large pines I had

hold of, nothing you can even have ideas about. If you feel like you’re getting something out of Zen, this is ordinary stuff. It’s bondage, not freedom. There’s nothing to get. You’re just acquiring one more chain, one more item that keeps you bound, keeps you dissatisfied and looking around for the next goody. It’s what you’ve always suffered; it’s nothing new. It’s just like all the other chains you’re wearing, though it’s of a different style, heft, material, and color. Like all the rest,

look at things until, after long practice, Chi Ch’ang could see the details on a willow leaf at a hundred paces. Now, Wei Fei said, Chi Ch’ang was ready to learn how to shoot. Chi Ch’ang studied with Wei Fei for many years and eventually mastered how to shoot. He then went about showing off his feats of skill. He would balance glasses of water on his elbow while shooting a hundred arrows into a willow leaf at a hundred paces without spilling a drop. But Chi Ch’ang hadn’t yet achieved his goal of

your own crazy mind, your own grasping heart. This is to make it to Cold Mountain. [  ] 7 No Mystery T h e r e ’ s n o m ys t e ry to life. We just think there is. The mystery is something we make up, something we construct in our minds. We do this in much the same way that we construct ideas about God or Truth or Reality or Buddha or goodness—or anything, really. And we construct them without even realizing that we do it. Mystery appears anytime we create a mental form. For example, we

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