Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
Posted on Oct.04.2008 @ 03:29PM EDTbyMslapik
Cessation of desire does end suffering, but it also ends excitement. Does that mean that its subjective whether or not the cessation of desire makes one happier?
I think there is just a transfer of energy. I can't be in public very much because I'm generally too loud, and am kinda sarcastic. Of course others say, that I'm too quiet. Takes me a few years to open up, but when I do, it's a 12 year old all over the place. Oh yeah! Before the liking of girls sets in.
The extremes with which we in the west indulge sense gratification leads to all kinds of hungry ghost realm searching. So at the root of desire is basically a search for a false sense of continuance, without the ability, or willingness to endure any suffering, first as in being one "without" sense objects. But we don't want comparisons either, to those who do without, because we know what they have had to endure to get past desire. It begins with being satisfied with the basics, warmth, food, clean water.... relationships. And once energy gets redirected, a different sense, deeper qualities, more subtle link-ups appear... everything, even suffering then begins to make sense. And it is at the point of suffering that the opening up begins, if we allow it, or are blessed with openness.