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Posted in Buddhism, Direct Transmission, Lemon Zen, Mind, Subconsciousness, Zen by yoshizen on March 6, 2010

Because of  I can detach my Mind  from anything instantly, and as it is my daily norm,  I’ve been using the  word

Detachment too often and too casually.   ( In my extreme sample,  I managed to detach even from toothache,

so, in consequence I lost almost all of my teeth,  since  I don’t take any artificial treatment or medication

( no pain killer ) ——– though,  it was a part of my experiment to see the Life / how it was originally designed,

such as how the built-in internal clock is working.

—– I  wouldn’t recommend  this to anybody. ——(  its painful you know  😀  )


So,  anyone to start the DIY  Zen,  I recommend an easy trial of practice  to learn the  Detachment.

*** For a man,  when you walk on the street,  put your eyes to only the right hand of the coming woman,

never look on her chest.

*** For a woman,  put your eyes only on the right hand of the man,  never look on his body part between

the legs.     Keep the same rule,  when you sit in the train or where ever you are.

*** When you broke this rule, shake your head and think  ” What a lewd person I am .

Do this until this practice became your custom.  Your determination / take this as the imperative is clucial.

( But,  DO NOT mistake this,  you don’t need to give up your sexual life,  this practice is about your

eye movement,  when you are out. ———–Please refer to  * Funny Story (1) )

After this, you may amazed yourself,  even a supposed to be uncontrollable sexual interest can be tamed.

Once you are convinced,  you can make another rule and  Do It,  such as a thing which may upset you,

don’t look or take notice.  Even if it came into your eyes,  shake head and think  ” I didn’t see ” and never

let  its image or memory remain in your head.    (so, you can keep yourself peaceful )

——-  When you master this,  you may understand why in Buddhism an expression  such as ” Exist as

it is not exist ”  was used. —— You know it is exist there (definitely ) but it is no longer exist as before and

no longer bother you.

——- Its mean you have crossed the river and once you reached there,  even huge  F size wouldn’t

excite you any longer ( it became mare one of  land scape ) hence it is harmless,  you may watch 1000 of them

without having any trouble.    This is the State of  JIZAI.

But,  you can’t jump to JIZAI.  You have to start from scratch.  ——- Walk your eyes down.

Blackbox / Backet

Posted in Buddhism, Ethos, Subconsciousness, Zen by yoshizen on December 31, 2009

” Buddhism works like the way to empty a Bucket “

In the previous post ” Why Subconscious  (2)” I have used the word Black box to describe how

Buddhism is operating in a simple idea, by keeping the awkward “Mind matter” in the Black box.


In order to save the suffering people Buddha found the way, not by Political approach or

Social change, but to change the people’s perception  and the way of thinking, in another word

changing the mind system.  Since, the burning issue was to rescue the people who has been

deluded by the Vedic belief of reincarnation, and guide them to the correct spirituality.

To change the Mind system / one’s perception and the way of thinking which is inherently

entwined  with the person’s  Self,———- Buddha casted the doubt to this  Self.

Since he had contemplated the Fundamental principle of the Karma, nothing can be certain

therefore this very Self couldn’t escape either.  Even worse, the part of Self is the Ego which is

the cause of the troubles.  So, he found the best way to solve the trouble is, to get rid of

this Self all together.

Since its existence itself is uncertain, and in fact we are doing many of our activity without

even noticing it, if people practiced long enough, people get used to do it without the Self, and

the Self should disappear by its own deed, since the Dharma and its rules is ruling us from inside.

As Buddha observed and felt the Dharma in his Selfless state, he found  we are born with it

though, the Self is masking it.  Therefore, live without Self will lead to the Enlightenment.

The actual way to study and practice and contemplate Buddha’s teachings differ sect to sect now,

but from the earliest original form, it must be consisting the repetitive simple practice, such as

walking round and round, and exactly follow  the Buddha’s way of life, eat exactly like him,

wash exactly like him, sleep exactly like him etc, down to the minute details.

As Buddha was doing everything in the Selfless way, the life itself is simple and everything was

carried out as a routine.  And the routine looks always the same, so the followers can learn and copy it.


We can not see Buddha himself in person now, nor the Master who wrote Mantra did,

still those tradition was reflected and kept in the way of daily life in a monastery  such as I’ve seen in

the Eihei-Ji, Soto Temple where no conversation, explanation taking place, therefore we just have to

follow the senior who already learned.  We were only the visitor, we are free not follow and

free to leave though, strangely, —–if you are there, you know—– it was the Imperative.

Nothing written, nothing instructed still, something the invisible power overwhelmed us.

There was no another way exist but just follow and Just Do the same, unconditionally.

By doing this, effectively one’s Ego has been removed and any remaining question was silenced.

This must be the way how people followed Buddha in the first place 2500 years ago.


With this practice,  how its affect the follower’s mind may be described as emptying the bucket,

much more than a button on the Black Box.  The content of the Bucket is still in the Black Box though

regardless, or it is not the matter what is in the Bucket, just empty it, so remove the Self include the

Ego all together.  ———-And replace the contents, with the Ethos of the Buddhism.

The marvel of the Buddhism and its  “Just do the practice ” is, it works perfect without  clear reason.

( That is why it took 30 years for me to find out the reason Why and How it works )


To empty the Bucket and put new idea, is in fact commonly known as a  Brain Wash.

Sound awful as the most of the people may think though, whats wrong with Brain Wash.

All the culprit of so-called  Cult with Brain wash, has used the technique they had learned

from the Buddhism, simply because it is the only technique, effectively works to the Mind

hidden in the Black Box. (If it is not in the Black Box, Logical persuasion  will work)

The matter is not the technique,  what to put into the emptied Bucket.

( It must be quite comfortable to have dirty brain washed.  Splash, Splash,  😀 )


Just learning or hearing new idea, only makes yet another memory  which may be soon forgotten and

not give any effect to the person’s life, since it is only connected to the person’s conscious memory

(known as a short-term memory) and the thinking.

Instead, what Buddha had found is, to connect it to the subconsciousness and put the new idea into

subconscious long-term memory by the technique of simple repetitive practice.

(My explanation, why this repetitive practices work ?——- Please see many of previous posts )



Until here, what I’ve talked about in this blog is,  the hidden facts of ” What the Buddhism is ” which

you may not like my radical view and use or choice of the word (as I’m explaining it in a form of skeleton,

without any fat ) though if you remove wool from your eyes, you may able to see it in the same way.

This is not my invention, the fact is there and all the old  Masters had been doing it.

I’ve just found the words to describe it,  thats all.

———-The professional (so-called ) Buddhists  who is extracting the money from the innocent

(in certain extent, ignorant )followers, need to sell the product / the image or snobbish good feeling

of the Buddhism, therefore need to wrap up the product with nice wrapping paper, knowing as

most of the people are, in reality, never goes more than just touching, playing with its package.

So that those professionals wouldn’t like my view especially.

The important point is,  Buddhism is not based on the glorious illusion or dubious miracle, but on the

clear factual effect to the mind.  This truth is hard and dry as a  Skeleton  (Like the Buddha-2009  :-))


I’m not trying to start any new movement or sect, I am more of an investigative journalist after the truth.

What I did is just an ” Alchemy of Life ” follow the old steps of Arthur Rimbaud, as myself as a guinea pig

and me myself as a closest observer,  since we can’t see the inside of other person’s mind but we

may see the own mind deep down to the subconscious level. (with the help of the Zen technique)

———- Basically I’ve learned this from the Professor Okamoto while studying  Industrial Sociology,

” Think and observe, as if you are the person with his back ground  and working there.  As a same

human, you can feel and think almost like him.  Sociology is not just counting the number of people

in the category, but you may need to create even new category and  the frame work and the Theory”

———- And I actuary worked, like in the construction site, building huge power station in

Okinawa, Japan, even  setting up safety net 30 m high (as I was a climber it was my expertise)

And, even worked in the production line of Honda car factory in Suzuka.

( That is how I got loads of funny stories )

———-When I left Japan, taking a ship to Siberia and train to Europe, I thought this is my Abyssinia.

( In the next post, I’m going to step out from the simple fact and go to my Hypothesis

of the structure of the human mind.

In fact this is the core of my findings, and the purpose of this blog.)

My Starting point (2)

Posted in Art, Buddhism, Ethos, Existentialism, Subconsciousness, Who is Yoshizen, Zen by yoshizen on December 22, 2009

” What made me to go into the Buddhism “

( Sorry, the order of writing is not necessary follows  what you may expect, I just write about

the subject when / suddenly / its shape comes up ——To structuring  and make it solid is

the more logical,  intellectual process than the intuition of the Zen ——–Zen follows flash )


Strangely you might think, I spent 3 years of my High school time to read a book of

French Poet, Jean Arthur Rimbaud. (along side of mountain climbing, skiing and photos of  flowers)

Since, his symbolism poetry needed to be read 100 times to understand what he meant

but, his poems carries the deadly virus of self-destruction too.   Rimbaud was doing his

Alchemy of Life ” (which is the analysis of his life’s journey and who he is ) which was depicted

in his poem “A season in hell” or ” Drunken Boat ” it led to the inevitable wreck,  which he

actuary got and end up in Abyssinia.

—– (After 3 years, I became a copy of him, seeing in his way and thinking like him )  I completely lost

the certainty of who I am. ( Later I found, anybody who was infected by this virus experienced the same )

—– From this experience, now I confidently say  “Anyone who read the same Mantra 1000 

times, it would be embedded into your subconscious and become the base of who you are”

—– so, be careful which one to read 😀


What makes the reading of Rimbaud Poems somewhat common with Buddhists Pathway

was, that his approach to be a Boyant ( Seer / Watcher) in  Alchemy of Life  was,   

to examine the own mind again and again, deeper and deeper, exposing everything

like as a dissected dead body = effectively made his own mind (and the life) a completely

detached dried object.  Detachment while having cut-off the Emotion will lose the tag 

of the SELF,  hence creating a state of mind similar to the Buddhists’ Selflessness.

(This process is very similar to the Hinayana Buddhists practice  = Process of  Self-denial )

And as Rimbaud’s subject, include his own life became a detached object without the 

emotional attachment, it was described as a metaphorical object or the Symbol =

thence his poetry was called Symbolism.  (This detachment was the self-alienation too, so that

Rimbaud called the state of mind before, as a slumber of the animal —– he missed it

with tears but it was too late)


It was in the late 60th.  In order to re-construct myself, I resorted to Jean-Paul Sartre’s  Existentialism

and later, then popular  Structuralism  ( I liked this more than  Carl Jung as the theory extended to the

society )

The Sartre’s idea of  “The self defined by the self”, shifted to  “The self defined by other’s eyes”,   then to

“The self defined by the History”  was smoothly evolved to the  “self in the structure” in my eyes.

But in hindsight, I was more influenced by the Max Weber’s idea of Ethos. (as I was studying

Sociology for my degree )

Weber’s theory was, such as the Ethos of the self devoting Protestantism created the self-enterprise

of the own business and hard-working attitude, which led to the development of the Capitalism.

Yet, my eyes was a bit more afar, not just each profession or race, there must be more universal,

fundamental Ethos of Human being.—— My eyes turned to the Buddhism.

——- So that my starting point was more intellectual than the spiritual, and not because of my

farther’s influence. (though, the Ethos and the way of thinking of the Buddhism was THE environment)

——– ( Yet still, to cast the eyes to such direction instead of Technology or Art in my case,  it must be

driven by the deep spirituality,  which I can say only now, it must be the way  how the Dharma works.)

And this was the very timing of my  Karmic encounter to Master Kogetsu.


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