Book of equanimity case 5
'What is the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma?'
Seigan replied : 'what does the rice cost in Roryo?'
Most of the time we have an over idealized perception of the path with flying boddhisatvas and great awakening feasts. We are waiting for the Disney-Buddha land show, the cosmic parade, the Barnum Dharma freak show.
Rice, guys. Just food. plain food. Its price. Just that. Nothing less, nothing more.
'Go and wash your bowl.'
'The tree in the garden'.
'A shit stick.'
Answers pointing atthe ordinary mind. Ordinary life, ordinary activity.
The nothing special you should not make special ( that s why mindfulness is nt necessary, no need for a watcher, just do and don t make a spiritual fuss about it)
How not to fall into this smell, this stench of Zen?
How do you get carried away by expectations and dreams?how and to what could you pay more attention?
How can shopping be the unfolding of the Buddhadharma? What do we add or take away to these simple things we do in our life? How not to?
How to live the uncomplicated?