Void and One Meditation

This is a very easy meditation explaining how to free and ease the mind with Chuang Tzu’s teachings of “Void” and “One” in three stages of humming, circling and silence based on Osho’s Tibetan Nadhabrahma meditation.

VOID (Humming “Aum”)
The humming is like resonance inside the hollow bamboo stem. It voids the mind, fasts the mind of thoughts with the monotone of “Aum” or SIT and FORGET thoughts, emotions, past and future dwelling in the present moment with the “Aum” sound.

” Void room illumines.” Chuang Tzu

ONE (Circling hands)
Move the hands in opposite directions in circles. The Universe goes in cycles, Opposites alternate and resume in ONE circle.

“Tao interchange in One.”Chuang Tzu “Harmonize Right and Wrong.”

VOID (Silence)
Sit or lie down in silence.

“Awaits in Void.” Chuang Tzu

 

One with Environment Meditation (Walking )

To diffuse anxiety, stress or anger at the office, walk around the block or on the rooftop. Walking between two trees in the forest or a sheltered clump of trees in the park would be better.

Remember to keep the body STRAIGHT and your legs BALANCED. (This is from “Mind Balanced, Walk (or Conduct) Straight” of Huineng the Sixth Patriarch, the true founder of Chinese Zen even though Bodhidharma the Indian was the First Patriarch.

Connect to heaven above your head and to earth below your feet. Remember Chuang Tzu’s “Heaven and Earth co-exist (or arose) with me.” In Chinese “Heaven“or “Universe” and “Manmerging in “One” is the superb condition.The Universe includes “Heaven” and “Earth”. The triarch of Heaven, Earth and Man is crucial in Taoist teachings of Lao Tzu as well.

When the triarch of spirit(heaven),body (man) and mind (earth or the field) balanced and unified in a circle with energy flowing freely in ONE, there is peace. “All Things (or existence) and I are One.” Chuang Tzu.

Body Straight Legs Balanced

The following daily regimen was very effective for depression as well.

1.Walk very fast (conscious and deliberate) for fifteen minutes.

2.Walk very slow (suppressing urge to move fast) for fifteen minutes, fully aware and mindful.

3.Walk at normal speed. (natural and spontaneous) for fifteen minutes.

The slow part is like walking meditation in Theravadan tradition.Raise one foot, move forward and then put it down touching the ground very slowly while saying in mind “raise the foot, move forward, put it down”. As if in slow motion movie.Repeat with the other foot. The path is not more than ten steps and then you turn around. Do it for half an hour to an hour.

Of the four types of meditation: walking is the easiest;sitting is hardest on the legs and feet; standing may cause dizziness or falling backwards in some and lying down is prone to falling asleep.

 

Peace is just Stop and Forget

Unlike meditation, Chuang Tzu’s “Sit and Forget“simply means stop or sit still, as if the limbs are falling off and wits dulled. In short just forget forms, emotions, self, others and feel connected or one with all. 

“When you are one with all, you have no preference. When you are transformed, then there is no constant. That is real integrity.” Chuang Tzu. 

“Mind” and “Heart” is synonymous in Chinese language.The character of “Forget” is made up of the radical of “Heart” and the root of “Dead”,  and the pictogram is a drawing of the heart with three chambers.

Forget

Although the character “Dead” has the radical made up of a dot and a horizontal stroke, the pictogram started out as a blind man walking with a stick that has a short horizontal handle. The stick  falls on the ground with the short handle facing up, one side of the stick disappears by entering in the ground, it then  evolves into the radical of “Enter” with the drawing symbolizing roots entering the ground or a corner by the wall to depict a concealed place.

When someone dies, the Chinese saying is “Enter the Ground for Peace”, a heart dead with no emotions or a dead mind with no thoughts is at peace. This is contrary to western or modern way of thinking that associates emotions with heart as warm and the busy mind as productive or forget or dead is bad.

Alan Watts talks about the predicament of the monkey mind addicted to thoughts and distractions below.It might help to appreciate the peace of the still mind and heart portrayed above.

Mind (film by Tragedy and Hope)

 

Concept Maps

Fast Mind and Sit Forget

As in Buddhism, the mind is crucial in daily practice with life challenges. Unlike Buddhist meditation with specific instructions in sitting, Chuang Tzu’s writings describe “sit and forget” as not clinging to physical form and removing wits in the mind. Connect with free flowing energy of oneness in the world. This is the void or empty mind waiting for things to come. Stop listening to the ear or mind to find what is in accord with our preconceived opinions or ideas but listen with energy.

Forget form, emotions, self and others, then integrity develops and Tao is attained. We are consumed by emotions when we think of “I, me, mine” or our ego, the body, any material form or comparing others with ourselves.

According to Chuang Tzu, supreme integrity is no self, name and merit or self interests for gain. The same words are found in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. When people forget each other and focus on abiding in Tao, there would not be any conflicts.

Along with “sit and forget” or “mind fast” unique to Chuang Tzu, in his writings he also coins other terms referring to the state of mind, namely: “clear as morning”, “independent insights” and “peace amidst chaos” or stillness in motion. When our mind is open and void with nothing, it has clarity and can see things on its own without being influenced by anything else. Then the mind becomes independent, unwavering and free. This is what Buddhists strive to achieve with long hours of sitting meditation.