When I was a child in church, prayer was long and wordy. Responsive prayers dragged on for hours; extemporaneous prayers were worse. Forests grew and glaciers melted in the time it took some to say their piece. I would shift in the hard pew, trying to get comfortable, and wiggle my toes in their Sunday shoes dangling above the floor.
The Spiritual - Journal of Natural Spirituality
IN 1963, American inventor Harvey Ball was hired by an insurance company to come up with a symbol to help improve company morale.
In about 10 minutes Bell came up with the now-famous yellow circle with dots for eyes and a big curvy grin.
Soon his little face was emblazoned on bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and, most famously, boxer shorts.
The symbol for happiness even ended up on a postage stamp.
There is a true and complete meaning of life beyond the periphery of thoughts. This meaning can be deciphered only with the help of thoughtless awareness and knowledge. This knowledge is not based on any "cause & effect theory" or influenced by worldly situations. It comes from within - in form of Pragnya the thoughtless sensitive state of brain.
So far, materialism has been given prominence over the natural brain in ignorance. The study of psychology started with a perspective; "there should be some reason". Freud, Jung, Hobbs were among those thinkers or psychologists. They did not bother to understand the brain and just by studying the working patterns of mind, reached a conclusion that "struggle is the prime behavior of all human beings and that is why there is a constant struggle within the mind and life".
Not much is known about the life of Sengtsan or Sengcan (Japanese: Kanchi Sosan, Buddhist: Seng-ts'an). His birth date and place of birth are unknown. He is said to have succeeded second Chinese Zen Patriarch, Dazu Huike sometime in the late sixth century. He is credited with famous poen Xsin Xsin Ming. It remains as one of the most profound and rare texts in Zen Buddhism. Emperor Hsuan-tsung (Genso) of the T'ang dynasty gave Sengtsan an honorary title Chien-chih after his death in 606 AD that means "Mirrorlike Wisdom".
This article is part two of the article "Emptiness" published in the Guest Articles section of this website.
Emptiness of the Five Skandhas
The Heart Sutra expresses the same idea by stating the emptiness of the five skandhas, i.e. the emptiness of the body, sensations, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. The five skandhas are commonly translated into English as the five aggregates. According to the Buddha, these aggregates are what constitute a person. As adumbrated above, it is possible to deconstruct the five skandhas in the same manner as objects. However, this method of deconstruction assumes a third person perspective.