What is Enlightenment ?

What is Enlightenment ?

Looking at moon is enlightenment .

Hugging by grandchildren is enlightenment.

Cooking with love is enlightenment.

Working as worship is enlightenment.

Living life-like prayer is enlightenment .

Singing nature is enlightenment .

Touching of breeze is enlightenment .

Drinking happiness of every moment is enlightenment .

but

Searching Enlightenment is not Enlightenment.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Embrace ” NOW “

Twenty monks and one Nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen Master.

Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her.

One of them wrote her a Love Letter, insisting upon a private meeting.

Eshun did not reply.

The following day the master gave a lecture to the group, and when it was over.

Eshun arose. Addressing the one who had written her, she said: “If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now.”

Enlightenment 360º is ….. Embrace ” NOW “.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Prayer of Enlightened Mind

After the Zen Master Bankei had passed away.

A blind man who lived near the master’s temple told a friend: “Since I am blind, I cannot watch a person’s face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice.

Ordinarily when I hear someone congratulate another upon his happiness or success, I also hear a secret tone of envy.

When condolence is expressed for the misfortune of another, I hear pleasure and satisfaction, as if the one condoling was really glad there was something left to gain in his own world.

“In all my experience, however, Master Bankei’s voice was always sincere.

Whenever he expressed happiness, I heard nothing but happiness,

and

whenever he expressed sorrow, sorrow was all I heard.”

Enlightenment 360º is ….. a Prayer of Enlightened Mind always Neutral and Natural.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Own Treasure House

Daiju visited the Master Baso in China. Baso asked: “What do you seek?”

“Enlightenment,” replied Daiju.

“You have your Own Treasure House. Why do you search outside?” Baso asked.

Daiju inquired: “Where is my Treasure House?”

Baso answered: “What you are asking is Your Treasure House.”

Daiju was delighted!

Ever after Daiju urged his friends: “Open your Own Treasure House and use those Treasures.”

Enlightenment 360º is ….. Own Treasure House of Blissful Happiness.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Priceless Gem

A lord asked Takuan, a Zen Master,

to suggest how he might Pass the Time ?.

He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others.

Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man:

Not twice this day
Inch time foot gem.
This day will not come again.
Each minute is worth a Priceless Gem.

Breath in Love and Breath out Happiness is True essence of Life and Priceless Gem.

Witness this flow in Time river to feel Timeless Bliss is Enlightenment 360º.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Invisible Sutras

Zen Monks, Navy SEALS, And You

Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras in Japanese , which at that time were available only in Chinese. a tremendous undertaking.

Tetsugen began by traveling and collecting donations for this purpose. After ten years Tetsugen had Enough money to begin his Task.

It happened that at that time the Uji River overflowed. Famine followed. Tetsugen took the funds he had collected for the books and spent them to save others from starvation. Then he began again his work of collecting.

Several years afterwards an epidemic spread over the country. Tetsugen again gave away what he had collected, to help his people.

For a Third time he started his work, and after twenty years his wish was fulfilled.

The printing blocks which produced the First edition of Sutras can be seen today in the Obaku monastery in Kyoto.

The Japanese tell their children that Tetsugen made Three Sets of Sutras, and that the First two Invisible sets surpass even the Last.

Enlightenment 360º is ….. Invisible Sutras of Compassion and Care.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Message of Sage

“Our schoolmaster used to take a nap every afternoon,” related a disciple of Soyen Shaku.

“We children asked him why he did it and he told us: ‘I go to dreamland to meet the old sages just as Confucius did.’ When Confucius slept, he would dream of ancient sages and later tell his followers about them.

“It was extremely hot one day so some of us took a nap.

Our schoolmaster scolded us. ‘We went to dreamland to meet the ancient sages the same as Confucius did,’ we explained.

‘What was the message from those sages?’ our schoolmaster demanded.

One of us replied:

‘We went to dreamland and met the sages and asked them if our schoolmaster came there every afternoon, but they said they had never seen any such fellow.

Enlightenment 360º is ….. Message of Sage, Freedom from Ego Cage .

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

” HOW ” to ” NOW “

During the Kamakura period, Zen Master Shinkan studied Tendai six years and then studied Zen seven years; then he went to China and contemplated Zen for thirteen years more.

When he returned to Japan many desired to interview him and asked obscure questions. he seldom answered their questions.

One day a fifty-year-old student of enlightenment said to Shinkan: “I have studied the Tendai school of thought since I was a little boy, but one thing in it I cannot understand.

Tendai School claims that even the Grass and Trees will become Enlightened.

To me this seems very strange.”

“Of what use is it to discuss how grass and trees become enlightened?” asked Shinkan. “The question is ” HOW ” you yourself can become so. Did you even consider that?”

“I never thought of it that way,” marveled the old man.

“Then go home and think it over,” finished Shinkan.

Enlightenment 360º is ….. a Journey from ” HOW ” to ” NOW “.

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal

Unchanging Sense of Timeless

Sixty-six times have these eyes beheld the changing scene of Autumn.
I have said enough about Moonlight,
Ask no more.
Only Listen to the Voice of Pines and Cedars when no Wind stirs.

Buddhist Nun Ryonen 

Enlightenment 360º is ….. to Witness Changing Scene of Time Body Outside and Unchanging Sense of Timeless Soul Inside .

Love All.

(c) ram H singhal