Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Russian Zen

Putin visiting the Russian Buddhist Republic of Buryatia 

Considered with a knowing eye, all Russian military actions reveal -behind their mundane appearance- a deep and profound Buddhist teaching. 

The Swedish Navy continues to stalk the waters off the coast of its capital for a foreign -- all but certainly Russian -- submarine, and the country's military brass on Tuesday sounded an exasperated note to describe the unsuccessful hunt. "This is very serious," Sverker Göransson, the country's top military commander, told reporters. "I would even go so far as to say," he continued, "to say that it's fucked up."   
Maybe that salty language will be enough to catch the attention of Moscow, which continues to deny that it has anything to do with reports of a submarine... 
As I wrote on Monday, the Swedish Navy faces enormous obstacles in its hunt for the mystery submarine. Its anti-submarine helicopters were sold off in 2008, and the area around Stockholm is one of the world's most difficult for carrying out a submarine hunt.
Upon deep meditation the hidden meaning of this seeming pointless Russian behavior becomes rather obvious.

Consider this Zen koan,

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Or as Sensei Vladimir would put it, "If a Russian submarine appears to lurk in your waters but you lack the anti-submarine helicopters, is it really there?"

Mr. Göransson is certainly right, our subjective and illusory perception of reality... "it's fucked up."

 Only training the mind can help us see reality as it really is.

Map of the sightings of what appeared to be a Russian submarine

Even the greatest master cannot cause his student to become enlightened without the student opening his mind to absorb the lesson. 

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In the town where I was born,
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life,
In the land of submarines.

So we sailed on to the sun,
Till we found a sea of green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our yellow submarine.

We all live in a yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.
We all live in a yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.