Natural Energy Balancing

by Ron Morefield

A comprehensive, easy-to-use handbook for anyone who wants to apply the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Energetic Medicine, and Alternative Medicine to increase their overall sense of well-being and harmony. It has both the theory and the practical tools and techniques for everyone to use to experience more energy, vitality, stamina, and health.


Bodhidharma: On Lineage

Edited by Ron Morefield

One of the foundation books of Zen Buddhism. This book presents a fresh new translation of this classic text.

Bodhidharma Preview

I.  INTROSPECT UPON YOUR MIND

Student: If one wants to seek Buddha Tao, what is the most essential and all inclusive teaching [dharma]  to practice?

Master: Only the way of introspecting upon your own mind encompasses each and every activity.  This teaching is called the essential and all inclusive way.

Student: How is it possible for one way to encompass all activities?

Master: Mind is the original root of all activities [ten-thousand dharmas].  Every dharma originates from mind.  Clear realization of mind takes in the ten-thousand dharmas.  It is like the branches and flowering fruits of a large tree all stemming from the root.  In order to cultivate the tree, you must keep the root alive.  Removing the root destroys the tree.

When mind is realized, cultivating perfect Tao is easily accomplished by clear examination.  However, if mind is not realized, attempts to cultivate Tao are useless and unprofitable.  Therefore, you should know that everything, good and bad, is derived from your own mind.  If you search for anything outside of your mind, it is impossible to find.

II.  THE BEST WAY TO WATCH THE MIND

Mind Has Two Sides: Tainted and Pure

Student: What is the proper way to watch the mind?

Master: The four primary elements[1] and five aggregates (skandas, data from the five sense organs)[2] inherently have no “self”.[3] When functioning, the mind has two aspects.  What are the two?


[1]Earth, wind, fire, water.  These are what the physical body consists of.  They are the primary elements of natrue that are found in the body.

[2] Someday we will know what these are. Rupa is the given sensory material — what is seen, what is touched, etc.  Vedana is the accepted qualities of the sensory material.  Samjnana is sense perceptions.  Samskara is sensory transformations.  Vijnana is consciousness of those things.

[3] The elements that come together to form the body and conscious have no intrinsic “self”.

Ron’s comments:

The critical thing to see is that nothing really has any properties apart from the properties that you give it in your mind. If you say something is hot, or pretty, or even a table… all those attributes are in your mind. The most effective technique for seeing and understanding this is to carefully watch your own mind… to see how it works.

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