Practice Begets Realization: Five Training Elements and Four Awakened Vows
(Dan might wanna add more to this later, but I’m posting it for now just because I didn’t feel right keeping this from the world. this is some really great material that was leftover after I finished writing “The Confusing Zen Explanations of a Buddhist Zen Daoist” that expounds upon Zen philosophy)
We accept our intimate interdependency, our oneness, with the environment, the universe and all sentient and non-sentient beings. We embody this realization, and we lovingly choose not to create any more suffering in the world. We recognize our responsibility and extend it first to everything within our arm’s reach and eventually to infinity. What is your Sacred Stewardship practice?
Through study, dialog and practice, we develop a broader and more inclusive philosophy. We become more insightful, and our thinking is more flexible, comprehensive, and clear. We open our minds and hearts. We command a new language accepting and including the truth of the empty nature of our spirit and deep mind as well as the real intention and meaning of our emotions. This new view is seen and felt in our actions. What is your Philosophical Re-indoctrination practice?
Emotional Maturity and Integrity:
With our new understanding and experience of the true nature and real meaning and mechanics of emotion, we will no longer be bound to unconscious reactions. For instance, we will be able to experience anger as reactive violence and not project it. We will recognize and experience the energy arising before the reaction of anger as intense clarity and deep caring. With this new understanding, we will experience shame not as an introjection doubting self value but as a question, challenging our worthiness, our integrity, and instead of shutting down, we will hear the question and respond truthfully and skillfully. Through Mondo Zen Emotional Koan Awareness Intervention practice, we transform our painful emotional reactions into compassionate responses. Our “angst becomes our liberation!” Mature emotional responses emerge in the same relationships where immature emotional reactions were once the rule. All reactions to fear including anger, shame and jealousy become rich opportunities for transformation and eventually become inconceivable. For instance, energy that would normally be experienced as anger now arises as what it really is, “intense clarity and deep caring”! What are your Mondo Zen Koans, your Emotional Maturity and Integrity practice?
Through Qi Gong, Yoga, Dance and other spiritual body training practices, we investigate and become more aware of our embodiment. We locate and release the physical contractions associated with psychological tension. We become more sensitive, healthy and conscious. We delight in the discovery that enlightenment is visceral! We actually experience embodied conscious awareness feeling and working with the life energy of our bodies. What is your Conscious Embodiment practice?
Concentration/Meditation practice is essential. These Five Training Element practices are our awakening, our genuine insight. Practice is realization. Through Concentration/Meditation, new philosophical understanding, emotional koan, physical awareness and sacred stewardship practices, we awaken. The Five Training Elements stand like mirrors allowing us to see reflected there how our core practices are transforming our lives. We achieve a personal freedom only possible with deep, spiritual realization and discipline. Integrated Five Element discipline is our awakening. Our practice is our Enlightenment! What is your Mondo Zen Koan Concentration/Meditation Genuine Insight practice?
The 4 Awakened Vows are the driving "faith" statements (Great Faith) that keep us going on the path.
However innumerable all beings are, I vow to serve and liberate them all.
-- This serves two major functions: 1) Develop a deep, genuine sense of compassion 2) Facilitate a fundamental realization, or insight into, our interconnected, non-dual, selfless existence
However deep and elusive my shadow states are, I vow to experience and enlighten them all.
-- This is a vow for personal transformation; to apply the Dharma to our lives so that we can experience true freedom and joy. We can't resolve our greed, anger and ignorance if we don't experience it and shine the light of our awareness on it. Sometimes that's painful and requires discipline to dig into, courage to face it... let alone do something about it. This vow confirms our resolution to do so. Kind of our Great Passion/Great Determination
However vast and difficult true teachings are, I vow to embody and master them all.
-- Letting go of self, totally surrendering to the moment, embracing these esoteric meditative concepts BEFORE they bear fruit requires faith and determination. A lot of times we don't want to be generous, patient, exert heroic effort, live according to virtuous behavior, meditate or embody wisdom. This vow says each day I will live the practice to the best of my ability, no matter how hard it gets.
However endless my true path may be, I vow to awaken and follow forever.
-- Passion and Determination. I will AWAKEN. I WILL AWAKEN! I will resolve the great matter, I will see my true nature. I WILL be free!