Into the Depth of our Being
The Wondrous Journey is Ilie Cioara’s follow up to The Silence of the Mind. It is a practical book on meditation and enlightenment, a must read for any spiritual seeker. A less rational and more poetic Eckhart Tolle; Kahlil Gibran meets Krishnamurti.
His message is original and unique, as Ilie Cioara has never travelled to India and never belonged to any traditional school. By practising the silence of the mind, through an all-encompassing attention, we discover and fulfill our innermost potential of becoming one with the divine spark that lies dormant within us.
When I was pregnant with my first child I began reading books written by Pema Chodron, thanks to my parents. I had gotten laid off from my job and was about five months along in my pregnancy. Finding a job was next to impossible. Suddenly I had this abundance of time alone, so I decided to start reading some of the books my parents had so generously give to me.
The first book I read was titled Start Where You Are, written by Pema Chodron. Whether it was pregnancy hormones, perfect timing or both I was completely moved by Pema’s writing style. I found the book to be so down to earth and simple, to the point. In that book Pema spoke about fearless living and having a compassionate heart.
I wrote Regardless of What You’ve Been Taught to Believe, There’s Nothing Wrong With You. It speaks to the self-hatred that so many people live with, the voices in the head that focus on what’s wrong in life and what’s missing.
“All the Buddhas of the past were simply ordinary people who understood their minds. Likewise, all the masters of the present have simply cultivated their own minds. And all future practitioners will have to depend upon cultivation of mind. So if you wish to follow the Way, do not seek for it outside yourself.”
A good teacher is one who combines understanding and practice and has no lingering delusions...of good and bad, right and wrong.” Tozan said, “...there are three kinds of lingering delusions--opinion, emotion, and speech.
When the founder of Zen came to China from India, he did not set up written or spoken formulations; he only pointed directly to the human mind. Direct pointing just refers to what is inherent in everyone:
To say too much about Taoism can interfere with another’s own direct experience of intuitive understanding. Having read this piece many times in the past, I see how often it takes multiple readings to reveal deeper insights.
Just like the heart of Zen is a teaching beyond words and letters, the teaching of the garden, the wisdom of inanimate objects, is a direct passage beyond the intellect.