Saturday, December 10, 2011

What is the Method?

I remember a short conversation between 
the Buddha and a philosopher 
of his time.

"I have heard that Buddhism is 
a doctrine of enlightenment. 
What is your method? 
What do you practice everyday?" 

"We walk, we eat, 
we wash ourselves, 
we sit down." 

"What is so special about that? 
Everyone walks, 
eats, washes, sits down..." 

"Sir, when we walk, 
we are aware that 
we are walking; 
when we eat, 
we are aware that 
we are eating...
When others walk, eat, 
wash, or sit down, 
they are generally not aware of 
what they are doing." 

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Keys