However, if delusive thoughts are not calmed in one’s mind, the fire energy will constantly ascend, burning up the water energy in the entire body and obscuring the light of the spirit.
The operation of the human body is like a steam engine; without the energies of fire and water, not even a finger can be lifted. A human’s six sense organs are all controlled by the brain. Whether seeing, hearing, or thinking, whenever one uses the six sense organs, the entire body’s fire energy will naturally become concentrated in the head, burning up the entire body’s water energy, just as the oil is burned when a lamp’s wick is lit.
Therefore, whether we think long and anxiously on something using our mental powers, look carefully at something using our visual powers, or raise our voices to talk energetically about something, our faces will become flushed and our saliva will dry up. This is precisely what we mean by the phenomenon of the fire energy rising upwards. We should use our six sense organs sparingly even with things that must be done. How much less should we let the wicks of our heads burn continually day and night with useless delusive thoughts! Therefore, sitting meditation is a practice that aims to remove all these delusive thoughts, to manifest our original nature, to bring down all the fire energy, and to raise the pure water energy.
In the program, we chant NA-MU-AH-MI-TA-BUL, Four Great Vows, Ilwonsang Vow and Heart Sutra. The Phrase “NA-MU-AH-MI-TA-BUL” means to return to Ami-Ta Buddha, the Buddha of infinite light and life that is within all of us.
Walking meditation is a wonderful way of transforming something we do every day into practice for our awakening.
Walking meditation is really to enjoy the walking – walking not in order to arrive, but just to walk. The purpose is to be in the present moment and, aware of our breathing and our walking, to enjoy each step. Therefore we have to shake off all worries and anxieties, not thinking of the future, not thinking of the past, just enjoying the present moment.
- Thich Nhat Hanh