How to Become a Buddha

When people tell me to meditate I always think, I am. All the time. I’m a walking meditation; I stare off into space, I think about space, I’m careful to never lose sight of the cosmic picture creating the backdrop to even the smallest conversations…

“Wow Easter bunnies for sale?”

“Of all the random occurrences in the black void and empty space with swirling nebulae that is our universe, we acquiesce connection over a chocolate rabbit…”

See, bam! The Buddha in me comes out. Other times I’ll eat margarine from the tub as proof of my freedom from convention. Still other times I’ll stare at a branch and Instagram a rock, all to prove that I too am enlightened.

But really this sarcastic display points to the fact that I actually don’t know how to meditate. Or how to find my inner peace. Or how to become my own Buddha.

Thankfully, I recently started reading The Tao of Now, a collection of exerts from Mystics, Sages, Poets and Saints compiled by author Josh Baran. It’s a small book decorated with fall leaves, boasting Oprah’s approval on the back and “Stop. Now.” as its opening line. If that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is….

How to Become a Buddha

~As Gleamed from The Tao of Now~

  1. Ask yourself: What is my own mind? To realize your own mind you must first of all look into the source from which thoughts flow. –Bassui  

Now what is this mind? It is the true nature of all sentient beings, that which existed before our parents were born and hence before our own birth, and which presently exists, unchangeable and eternal.-Bassui   Look at yourself as at the universe, how it truly is, not how you wish it to be…

“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” -Dr. Carl Sagan
  1. Let go of the future. Many of us think that happiness is not possible in the present moment. Most of us believe that there are a few more conditions that need to be met before we can be happy. If we keep running away into the future, we cannot be in touch with the many wonders of life—we cannot be in the present moment where there is healing, transformation and joy. –Thich Nhat HanhToes in the sand

 Hoping for something different keeps you looking for some future fantasy….it is a great distortion, a great misunderstanding of what will fulfill you. When you follow the mirage, you are rejecting yourself—A. H. Almaas

  1. Look in front of you. Awareness means to watch, to observe what is going within you and around you, “Going on” is pretty accurate: Trees, grass, flowers, anials, rock, all reality is moving.. Are you imprisoned by your concepts? Do you want to break free of your prison? Then look; observe; spend hours observing. Watching what? Anything. The faces of people, the shapes of trees, a bird in flight, a pile of stones—Anthony De Mello

    Observe texture, color, everything

You search for God through heaven and earth, but you don’t know the one who is right before your eyes, because you don’t know to search into this very moment. –Jesus , apparently

  1. Realize what you know. {Which is a lot, you know more than…you know} After questioning his Rabbi about the meaning of life, the secrets of the universe and the essence of God the Rabbi replied, “My friend,” Reb Yerachmiel sighed, “there is no way, there is no essence, there is no secret. The truth you seek is not hidden from you. You are hiding from it.” –Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
  2. How to become your own Buddha? By realizing: you are one.

A monk asked, “What is Buddha?”

The master said, “Who are you?” -Joshu

Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions are all forms of energy. What we think, feel, say, and do in each moment comes back to us to create our realities. Energy moves in a circle, so what goes around comes around. The combined thoughts, feelings, words and actions of everyone on the planet creates our collective consciousness, it creates the world we see before us.

“You talked about the first principle again, but I still don’t know what it is,” I said to Suzuki.

“I don’t know,” he said, “is the first principle.”

So maybe….it’s okay that I don’t.

Kara Martina,

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One thought on “How to Become a Buddha

  1. One the biggest blocks to being here now, is the inner words-and-pictures-maker in our head-brain. The inner dialogue and the corresponding inner images that fill our head throughout the day are like a stain on a window that impairs our ability to see, sense and feel the reality both within and around ourselves. It is like attempting to “see through a glass, darkly.”

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