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Mindfulness again !

A word most frequently come-up on the Buddhism talking is the [Mindfulness]

= in another word it is a word and its notion is the most confusing and

misunderstood. (hence keep haunting the people ๐Ÿ™‚ )

= Misunderstood from the tone of the word which force a person to think,

“I have to Mind to make it full” = trapped into such obsessed idea.

On contrary, Mindfulness is Just Doing the Subject away from any Thinking.

= Whole Mind and the Body was completely absorbed by the Subject.

It’s mean, even an awareness “I have to be in full of Mind” can not be there.

= You can not learn Mindfulness, but you have to learn the subject such as

Tea Making = after 10 years, when you can make a tea without any thinking,

almost automatic = this is THEย  MINDFULNESS.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

( If a teacher says, “I can teach Mindfulness”, he (she) is a sham )


Some time before, I’ve described the situation of Buddhism teaching with a metaphor,

โ€œ The teacher who supposed to teach dancing, teach the step, hand movements etc,

without music, without knowing what the dance isโ€. = Almost like the blinds

touching an elephant and try to explain what the Elephant is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Therefore, the unknown part, or the part what Zen teacher couldn’t clarify was left as a myth

of spirituality, and the structural explanation, such as the relation between the notion of

Self, Mindfulness, Mushin, Enlightenment and Nirvana were completely missing.

—– on top of this, sect to sect, they give their own wording, making the situation even worse.


Contrarily to the popular MISconception, the Buddhism is one of the most

simple religion, or it may not even be a religion at all = just a way to live in a

particular MIND. ( AND, this particular mind is nothing special neither

= Mind of AS YOU ARE. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

There are no special name of Divine figure to remember, there is no obligation to chant special

mantra, even no obligation to do something. —– But Just live your LIFE.

Only a confusing or difficult part is, to see this MIND. Or, to see WHO YOU ARE.

Yet, strangely, YOU are nobody else of YOU, hence your Mind is nothing else of YOUR MIND.

—– (That’s why, this is so difficult and so easy ! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

And that’s why the scripture says, โ€œ It is there as not thereโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ )


To live Your Life as Your Own Life with 100% commitment is the Mindfulness.

In the moment, when me to curve wooden Spoon, I had to concentrate and completely being

โ€œA Man Who curve the woodโ€ = this is the Mindfulness on its MOMENT.

To be in the Mindfulness, there is no another mind to observe such mind.

= Because, JUST DOING IT is what 100% commitment meant.

To curve the wood, hand and the chisel is fused together which follows the grain of the wood

automatically. = this is the [Ichijo] and as there is nothing else but the action of curving

= no another thinking is there. = this is [Mushin]. As the wood is being curved, its shape

is keep changing and no-return. = this is what [LIVE in MOMENT] mean.


As I wrote before the original word to describe Mindfulness in the Buddhism scripture

(in Pali) is Sati, and Chinese used a letter [ๅฟต] Nien or Nen in Japanese for this translation.

This letter meant a sort of mind, deepest in the human psyche which form the base of the mind.

And I found in Japanese a word [่ฆšๆ‚Ÿ] Kakugo seems to be the best suited to represent the

meaning.ย ย  This word can be used to describe a determination in the deepest psyche

in the subconscious level.

Hence the meaning is, a kind of mind to BE as {something / somebody} hence, if it

is YOU, a firm commitment to be YOU, or even an absolute commitment to curve a wood.

(No one can have any another mind while using sharp tool, otherwise end-up cutting fingers ๐Ÿ˜€ )


So that, when we were absorbed in a subject, it’s a moment of Mindfulness. = so deeply absorbed,

as even an awareness which observing โ€œ I’m doing thisโ€ is not there, = is Mindfulness

= Mindfulness has to be in Mushin ! —– In fact, it is so easy JUST DO IT.

—– ( Whether to be absorbed in such subject is fit to be IN YOUR LIFE or not. = This is a matter

related to one’s Karma. = Who you are ? ย  And I’ll talk about it in the another post. )



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  1. jagan said, on June 10, 2012 at 18:23

    Yet, strangely, YOU are nobody else of YOU, hence your Mind is nothing else of YOUR MIND.

    — i didnt understand that yoshisan, hope you can elaborate.


    • yoshizen said, on June 10, 2012 at 18:51

      What —– ? ? ?
      Who else you are ? And Who’s Mind you borrowed ?
      You don’t need to look for anywhere else, still,
      lots of people are deluded, something else,
      something spiritually noble [You] could exist there. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      It’s nice to have a dream though, it’s a waste of time.
      Deluded dream only lead to a disappointment = because the
      parson is wasting time and neglecting actually DO.

  2. jagan said, on June 10, 2012 at 18:52



  3. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on June 15, 2012 at 13:20

    Thank you for this post. I think the best way I’ve understood mindfulness as you’ve defined it here is when you say “no another thinking is there.” I do experience this mindfulness of “no mind” and really no awareness of thinking and being totally absorbed in what I’m doing. Interestingly, when I experience this, I am also not conscious of myself. I am committed to myself and freely BEING myself, but I am not bogged down by an awareness of myself, only of what I am doing, of what I am living in the moment. It’s wonderful, too, isn’t it?!!

    • yoshizen said, on June 15, 2012 at 18:07

      Perfect! I have nothing more to add to it.
      If you manage to achieve this since you started to do photography,
      (+ having some knowledges of the Zen before) it is in deed astonishing speed,
      and you may able to go further beyond of my humble advice.

      When you found a good photo subject etc. unexpectedly, or encounter an opportunities
      which makes you feel “what a good coincidence” it is the sign of the Dharma
      appreciates and supporting you. (But never boast it to others, but just thankful to
      be inner circle of the Dharma)

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