Arresting the Stone Buddha

We need only know peace of mind carefully make perceptions turn noumena into phenomena, and turn phenomena into noumena. That Is Life!

A merchant bearing fifty rolls of cotton goods on his shoulders stopped to rest from the heat of the day beneath a shelter where a large stone Buddha was standing. There he fell asleep, and when he awoke his goods had disappeared. He immediately reported the matter to the police.

A judge named O-oka opened court to investigate. “That stone Buddha must have stolen the goods,” concluded the judge. “He is supposed to care for the welfare of the people, but he has failed to perform his holy duty. Arrest him.”

The police arrested the stone Buddha and carried it into the court. A noisy crowd followed the statue, curious to learn what kind of a sentence the judge was about to impose.

When O-oka appeared on the bench he rebuked the boisterous audience. “What right have you people to appear before the court laughing and joking in this manner? You are in contempt of court and subject to a fine and imprisonment.” The people hastened to apologize. “I shall have to impose a fine on you,” said the judge, “but I will remit it provided each one of you brings one roll of cotton goods to the court within three days. Anyone failing to do this will be arrested.”

One of the rolls of cloth which the people brought was quickly recognized by the merchant as his own, and thus the thief was easily discovered. The merchant recovered his goods, and the cotton rolls were returned to the people.

What Are You Doing, What Are You Saying !

Both of them in this story are right if looking at themselves awareness. To keep or set fire the book depend on awareness of each other.

In modern times a great deal of nonsense is talked about masters and disciples, and about the inheritance of a master’s teaching by favorite pupils, entitling them to pass the truth on to their adherents. Of course Zen should be imparted in this way, from heart to heart, and in the past it was really accomplished. Silence and humility reigned rather than profession and assertion. The one who received such a teaching kept the matter hidden even after twenty years.

Not until another discovered through his own need that a real master was at hand was it learned that the teaching had been imparted, and even then the occasion arose quite naturally and the teaching made its way in its own right. Under no circumstance did the teacher even claim “I am the successor of So-and-so.” Such a claim would prove quite the contrary.

The Zen master Mu-nan had only one successor. His name was Shoju. After Shoju had completed his study of Zen, Mu-nan called him into his room. “I am getting old,” he said, “and as far as I know, Shoju, you are the only one who will carry on this teaching. Here is a book. It has been passed down from master to master for seven generations. I also have added many points according to my understanding. The book is very valuable, and I am giving it to you to represent your successorship.”

“If the book is such an important thing, you had better keep it,” Shoju replied. “I received your Zen without writing and am satisfied with it as it is.”

“I know that,” said Mu-nan. “Even so, this work has been carried from master to master for seven generations, so you may keep it as a symbol of having received the teaching. Here.”

The two happened to be talking before a brazier. The instant Shoju felt the book in his hands he thrust it into the flaming coals. He had no lust for possessions.

Mu-nan, who never had been angry before, yelled: “What are you doing?”

Shoju shouted back: “What are you saying?”

Importance of Sleep for Health

Sleep is not a passive, dormant part of our daily lives.

We now know that our brains are very active during sleep. Moreover, sleep affects our daily functioning and our physical and mental health in many ways. Sleep appears necessary for our nervous system to work properly. Too little sleep leaves us drowsy and unable to concentrate the next day.

It also leads to impaired memory and poor physical performance and reduced ability to carry out mental work. If sleep deprivation continues, hallucinations and mood swings may develop. Some experts believe sleep gives neurons a chance to shut down and repair themselves. Deep sleep coincides with the release of growth hormone in children and young adults.

Many of the body’s cells also show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may truly be “beauty sleep.” Another important aspect of sleep is that when we sleep our brain can integrate new knowledge and form new associations.

To put it simply, in waking hours we use and burn, while in sleep we restore and synthesize. The correct amount of sleep taken at the right time can make an enormous improvement to our well-being. But which is the right time?

Right sleeping for healthy living

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~Irish Proverb

Waking up feeling refreshed is one of the best feelings, one can enjoy. We certainly feel more alert, more energetic, happier and are able to function better, all day long, following a good night of sound sleep.

Throughout life, from infancy to the golden years, sleep is important for maintenance of good health and well-being. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day, so that you are fully alert while performing your daily activities, such as reading this article. Let’s see below, how sleep benefits us, how much sleep is ideal for us & consequences of sleep disturbances on one’s health.

Maintain your physical health

The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

Unfortunately, the hectic lifestyle of modern day living has lead to sleep deficiency across all age groups. Sleep often is the first thing that busy people squeeze out of their schedules. The high prevalence of sleep restriction is a matter of global concern, and many potential reasons for the same have been identified.

The demands of today’s 24*7 hour society, including long work hours and rotating night shift work, can lead to sleep restriction. Family needs and domestic chores can also result in sleep restriction. Increased time spent watching television, browsing the Internet, connecting on social-media sites, etc reduces the time available for sleep. Some individuals suffer from a medical condition called insomnia, characterized by an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

A common myth is that people can learn to get by on little sleep with no negative effects. However, research shows that getting enough quality sleep at the right times is vital for mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

Sleep deficiency can interfere with work, school, driving, social functioning and much more. You might have trouble learning, focusing, and reacting. Children who are sleep deficient might be overly active and have problems paying attention. They also might misbehave, and their school performance can suffer. Sleep deficient individuals also might find it hard to judge other people’s emotions and reactions. Sleep deficiency also can make you feel frustrated, cranky, or worried in social situations. Sleep deficiency is linked to many chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression. Sleep deficiency is also associated with an increased risk of injury in adults, teens, and children, as they are not alert to the circumstances around them and fall asleep while driving, operating machinery, etc which can prove to be fatal.

If you are worried about whether you are getting enough sleep, try using a sleep diary for a couple of weeks. Write down how much you sleep each night, how alert and rested you feel in the morning, and how sleepy you feel during the day. Show the results to your doctor and talk about how you can improve your sleep. If your job or daily routine limits your ability to get enough sleep or sleep at the right times, talk with your doctor. You also should talk with your doctor if you sleep more than 8 hours a night, but don’t feel well rested. You may have a sleep disorder or other health problem.

You might be sleep deficient if you often feel like you could doze off while sitting and reading or watching TV, sitting still in a public place, such as a movie theatre, meeting, or classroom or while riding in a car for an hour without stopping, while sitting and talking to someone or while sitting quietly after lunch.

By following a few good sleep habits, it is possible to ensure that you wake up feeling fresh day after day and are able to handle your day’s routine without feeling sleepy during the daytime. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including wekends. Staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends can disrupt your body clock’s sleep–wake rhythm. Use the hour before going to bed for some quiet time. Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dim. Try to have a hot bath or use other relaxation techniques before going to bed. Avoid strenuous exercise and bright artificial light, such as from a TV or computer screen. Avoid heavy large meals, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and other stimulants within a couple hours of bedtime.

In conclusion, sleeping is a basic human need, like eating, drinking, and breathing. Do get your daily dose of sound sleep and enjoy life, as it is meant to be.

Sleep better tonight

No meds needed. Pop a dose of these thoughts for a guaranteed smoother slumber. Sleep like a child !

We’ve all been told to drink warm milk and tune out technology before bed to ensure a good night’s sleep, but researchers have now proven that simply being grateful can be enough to ensure solid slumber.

A study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well Being sought to help college students sleep better by observing the sleep and pre-sleep “worry and arousal” of 41 participants. Researchers found that those who focused on feeling grateful were less worried and anxious before bed and their overall sleep quality was better compared to previous nights.

But the benefits of gratitude don’t stop there.

A separate study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well Being found that reflecting on things for which we’re grateful “can be used to enhance long-term well-being.”

One group completed a four-week program during which they focused on things for which they were grateful. Another group participated in a program focusing on memorable events instead. After the study, those in the gratitude program reported feeling more satisfied with life and had higher levels of self-esteem.

It’s easy to get bogged down by negativity when we’re busy or stressed out, but the power of gratitude can get you back on the path to positive. When you’re less anxious, you’ll naturally fall asleep faster and toss and turn less throughout the night.

So after you switch off the TV or put down your book for the night, focus on the things in your life for which you’re grateful. In the morning, you’ll be grateful you did!

Gudo and the Emperor

Emperor is also a human. And the most important is after Gudo beat the floor with his hand, make Emperor was enlightened !

The emperor Goyozei was studying Zen under Gudo. He inquired: “In Zen this very mind is Buddha. Is this correct?”

Gudo answered: “If I say yes, you will think that you understand without understanding. If I say no, I would be contradicting a fact which many understand quite well.”

On another day the emperor asked Gudo: “Where does the enlightened man go when he dies?”

Gudo answered: “I know not.”

“Why don’t you know?” asked the emperor.

“Because I have not died yet,” replied Gudo.

The emperor hesitated to inquire further about these things, his mind could not grasp. So Gudo beat the floor with his hand as if to awaken him and the emperor was enlightened!

The emperor respected Zen and old Gudo more than ever after his enlightenment, and he even permitted Gudo to wear his hat in the palace in winter. When Gudo was over eighty he used to fall asleep in the midst of his lecture, an the emperor would quietly retire to another room so his beloved teacher might enjoy the rest his aging body required.

Soldiers of Humanity

Zen master was telling the truth so far more people accidentally forgot…

Once a division of the Japanese army was engaged in a sham battle, and some of the officers found it necessary to make their headquarters in Gasan’s temple.

Gasan told his cook: “Let the officers have only the same simple fare we eat.”

This made the army men angry, as they were used to very deferential treatment. One came to Gasan and said: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers, sacrificing our lives for our country. Why don’t you treat us accordingly?”

Gasan answered sternly: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers of humanity, aiming to save all sentient beings.”

The Gates of Paradise

When emerge from anger, open the gates of hell. The gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, on the contrary. In a daily life, there are some people leisurely stepped into the Hell as if they hanged out the park. How scary is!

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?”

“Who are you?” inquired Hakuin.

“I am a samurai,” the warrior replied.

“You, a soldier!” exclaimed Hakuin. “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar.”

Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: “So you have a sword. Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head.”

As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: “Here open the gates of hell!” At these words the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed. “Here open the gates of paradise,” said Hakuin.