Jürgen Wagner

Way to Happiness

Once seekers were invited to a Zen master's tea
"Dear Master, how do you find happiness, we plea?
We long to be as content as you are
So tell us, what is your personal secret so far?"

The master smiled and raised his cup
"When I drink, I drink, when I get up, I get up
"When I lie down, I lie down, when I walk, I walk
When I eat, I eat and when I talk, I talk"

The seekers looked puzzled, one blurted out:
"Oh please, don't mock us, what's it about?
We too, we sleep and walk and drink
But happiness eludes - what do you think?

The master, he answered as before:
"When I perceive, I perceive, when I ignore, I ignore
When I stand, I stand, when I walk, I walk
When I'm silent, I'm silent, when I talk, I talk"

Feeling their unrest, the master took his cup:
"While you are lying, you are thinking of getting up
While you rise, you think of what to do
While you are busy, your thoughts are running too

Your mind is rushing, is never in Now
Between past and future, you are scattered anyhow
Life's true essence lies therein between
So live this one moment devoted and keen!"

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Published on e-Stories.org on 12/28/2023.

 
 

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Meditationen über Gelassenheit von Jürgen Wagner



Der Zugang des Menschen zu seinem Wesen im Anschluss an Martin Heidegger und Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart und Martin Heidegger vereinigen auf ihre Weise Frömmigkeit und Denken. Beide bringen ans Licht, dass es in der Gelassenheit noch um mehr geht als um eine nützliche Tugend zur Stressbewältigung. So möchte dieses Buch dazu beitragen, dass wir westliche Menschen im Bewusstsein unserer Tradition u n s e r e n Weg zur Gelassenheit finden und gehen können. Die Begegnung mit anderen Wegen schließt dies nicht aus, sondern ein.

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