“The Chinese often used simple and ordinary Chinese words to translate Indic Buddhist terms. I find it particularly interesting that they translated the words for “concentration” and “insight” as “stopping” and “seeing.”” Stopping & Seeing, adapted from a talk by Gil Fronsdal, April 1st, 2003
Asian thought is interesting to me. It can be ridiculously simple and so experiential that it bypasses the intellect altogether.
I’ve been wondering lately how to wake people up. How do you get people to stop and notice what is going on? And there it is—getting people to stop at all. We all seem to have our pet diversions.
As a Christian, I was always warned about Eastern mysticism and “altered states of consciousness”. I now understand that they (and I, back then) had it back-asswards. It was the preachers whipping up their flocks into an emotional and financial frenzy that were putting people into trances. Buddhists, on the other hand, had carefully mapped out consciousness and could help prevent you from entering those habitual, automatic-pilot mindsets.
Stopping and seeing, what could be simpler? Your mom teaches you to do it at every corner.
Generating emotional indignation in a congregation of like-minded people is no great accomplishment. Getting them to stop and think for themselves is a herculean endeavor.