a very humble request
To the kind people that sometimes think my words are not just uttered by a crazy foolish Frenchie...For my dear students known and unknown, for my teachers too, my brothers and sisters, please, please, pay attention.
I have red the most illuminating writings on Dogen ever, I just cry. I cry. Tears of joy and gratitude.
The most important part of Fukanzazengi is in my clouded yes: Zetsugaku mui no shinjin: a true person beyond study and the intention to achieve. Beyond study, beyond Budha finding Buddha in mud and waters.
Today the first cicadas sang and I am mending an old robe and going to work. Beyond Buddha. Always beyond. Human, as I am. Imperfectly as-is. Flawed.
And I was reading Taigen's prose realizing that his puts down to words every inch of this boundless territory, every move of this dance I have been involved in for 35 years and way before.
Taigen's latest book has three chapters that are beyond the beyond. Forget my clumsy words, I am merely beating about the bush. Just go there. See for yourself.
A chapter about genjokan, another one about Gyobustu Igi and the last one, so important about Muchu Setsumu, within the Dream expressing the Dream.
Please, read this and don't try to understand. It is crystal clear anyway.
You may post your impressions, comments and just sheer appreciation here.
But the most important point is that you make this REAL. Because, it is just already REAL. It is yours. Your treasure beyond the will to study or achieve, the kensho drive and trying-to-be-a-better-bloke-or-girl.
Dharma gate of joy and ease
Zen questions, Zazen,Dogen and the spirit of Creative inquiry
Taigen Dan Leighton, Wisdom Publications.
Have ordered - reading 'Cultivating the Empty Field' which is also wonderful.
Will read it as soon as I get the chance.
Thank you, Taigu.
Thank you Taigu, my copy is on its way [monk]
just ordered it.
Like crazy fish in the open sea,
we scream for water whilst we twist and turn,
Like lightning on a warm summer's day,
the rain of true dharma strikes,
Tears of joy bear witness to our own ignorance,
how wide and endless this ocean of intimacy.
Hans Chudo Mongen
You have perfect timing Taigu! Today is my birthday, so I can add this to my Kindle ASAP!
I will check this book out. Taigen's zendo is in Chicago, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, which is about 2 hours from me and 20 min. from my best friend's house. He holds half day and full day sittings on Sundays at various times throughout the year. They allow guests to join so I plan to go down there hopefully this year.
In the qeueueueue. "Sit down, and Shut Up," "Where the Heart Beats," "Shobogenzo" (fuck me), then I'll probably have some... "Zen Questions" mehh heh heh.
Go team Kindle! Happy birthday Adrian B. Kelly.
Ordered...thank you Taigu.
Thank you Taigu ... I have order it yesterday. :)
I am from Chicago and did a full day sit at Ancient Dragon. They are a very welcoming sangha and am sure you will have wonderful time. I highly recommend it if you can find the time.
One of the best Dharma books to recently come along! Taigen Dan Leighton could not be any clearer in his exposition of the heart of Dogen's writings! As a result of reading this book I've been sitting with Dogen's line: Active buddhas alone fully experience the vital process on the path of going beyond buddha." Wonderful!
I think I will order it thank you for your teachings
Ordering in the morning. ...I don't have many books around these days but Leighton's "Cultivating the Empty Field" is one of them.
Thank you, Taigu
In my shopping cart, but I am unsure where in line it is on my bookshelf of zen readings once I get it. The Bob Dylan chapter probably moves it up a few places or more.
Ordered but wont be here until August :o, so just picked up the ebook too.