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I know everything, but I don't know my mind

Jika saya bertemu seorang filsuf

July 28, 2010

Di dalam pesawat, saat mengetahui bahwa orang di sebelahnya seorang filsuf, maka ia pun bertanya,*

“Saya boleh tanya?”
“Ini pertanyaan filsafat. OK?”
“Tentu saja.”
“Saya suka seorang cowok. Sebaiknya saya sms atau imel dia?”

*disadur dari Gottlieb, A. (2010, spring edition). What philosophers believe: Anthony Gottlieb decodes an opinion poll. Intelligent Life, 3, 24-5.

Kata Hati

June 27, 2010

Kata seorang kawan sekembalinya ia dari 6 hari menjauhkan diri dari hiruk pikuk hidup a.k.a. retret,

… cita-citaku tercapai, bisa mendengarkan kata hati…

Jika benar adanya, maka itu adalah pencapaian luar biasa, karena manusia rata-rata jatuh bangun berjuang dalam kehidupan yang tidak terhitung banyaknya belum tentu bisa buat pernyataan macam itu.

Sang Buddha pun dalam kehidupan terakhirnya tidak tercerahkan secara instan dalam 6 hari. 😎


December 12, 2009

“Ah Harry, we have to stumble through so much dirt and humbug before we reach home. And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is our homesickness.” (Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse)

Harry, at a loss, suffered from chronic melancholia. He cried out his longing for home.

Hermann Hesse let the readers decide for themselves whether Harry did reach home in the end.

What/ where is home?
Is there home for everyone of us?
If there is none, why are we suffering from homesickness?

How about you?
Are you coming home?


September 27, 2009

I looked Death in the eye,
there’s nothing monstrous or ugly to behold.

Death is as natural as Life.

Mind in Sleep

September 15, 2009

While mind in wakeful state is like a wild horse, wildly chasing after one thought after another;
the mind in sleep is like a clan of hyenas, breaking loose, ready to tear everything apart that come its way.

A Movie called Life

July 14, 2009

After a couple of years practicing Vipassana, I start to understand what the Blessed One really wants us to do; training mindfulness and equanimity. It feels like watching a movie of your own life. All the time being aware and merely noting.

The teacher instructs you to start observing your breath and bodily sensations. Later on you will notice other things, too.

This is sense impression
This is perception
This is feeling
This is emotion
This is thought
This is form
This is non-form

Instead of being swept over by the strong current of the river (of life), you climb onto the bank and watch the river itself. Observant and equanimous, you start to cut the ties of suffering.

Tantric Buddhist Mantra

June 27, 2009

A very powerful mantra.

May all beings be liberated.