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    Senior Member pinoybuddhist's Avatar
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    Right HERE!

    I'd just finished my yoga routine yesterday afternoon, and I remembered I hadn't done my daily metta prayer yet. So I thought, oh well I still have time and just sat there on the yoga mat silently going through the prayer. And somewhere in the process of offering metta to my mother who's miles away in another city, it occurred to me that she was just RIGHT HERE with me. And not only that, everyone and everything, the whole universe was just RIGHT HERE, not metaphorically but literally, RIGHT HERE!

    I'm not talking about having a vision or hallucination of my mother sitting on the yoga mat with me or anything trippy like that. It's more like a quiet realization but beyond intellectual realization. Just for one moment the notions of "here" and "there" and "near" and "far" were dropped and there was just this intimacy, this RIGHT HERE-NESS.

    And of course Treeleaf is a good expression of this RIGHT HERE. All over the world we sit together - dropping here and there and now and later and live and recorded - just RIGHT HERE. But there's knowing this and there's knowing this.



    Rafael

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    Good! Even very good! Now move on! Throw this away and yourself with it !

    Gassho

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    If you bring me an inch of delusion, i ll kick this butt of yours.
    Same if you turn up with an inch of realization, butt kicked for sure!

    The true conduct is beyond inches and presentation.
    Find the true person behind these games
    And bring the bastard
    And we ll sit and laugh together

    Gassho



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    Taigu, teacher at Treeleaf Sangha, was born in 1964, started Zazen early and received Shukke Tokudo in 1983 at age 18 from Rev. Mokusho Zeisler of the Deshimaru Lineage. Received Dharma Transmission from Chodo Cross in 2002. Now resides in Osaka, Japan.

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    In short: empty handed is best.

    Take care


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    Taigu, teacher at Treeleaf Sangha, was born in 1964, started Zazen early and received Shukke Tokudo in 1983 at age 18 from Rev. Mokusho Zeisler of the Deshimaru Lineage. Received Dharma Transmission from Chodo Cross in 2002. Now resides in Osaka, Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    If you bring me an inch of delusion, i ll kick this butt of yours.
    Same if you turn up with an inch of realization, butt kicked for sure!

    The true conduct is beyond inches and presentation.
    Find the true person behind these games
    And bring the bastard
    And we ll sit and laugh together

    Gassho



    Taigu


    Thank you Taigu.



    Rafael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    If you bring me an inch of delusion, i ll kick this butt of yours.
    Same if you turn up with an inch of realization, butt kicked for sure!

    The true conduct is beyond inches and presentation.
    Find the true person behind these games
    And bring the bastard
    And we ll sit and laugh together

    Gassho



    Taigu



    Gassho

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    I second Willow Thank you Taigu, and thank you Rafael. I know the feeling you described, which gives Taigu the right to kick my butt!! Just kinda the quiet peaceful relaxation of the mind because something was right and suddenly seemed to make sense. Okay, I'm throwing it away *hides*

    Gassho,
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    Thanks for sharing Rafael! That's great!
    Don't get stuck!
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    In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
    you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
    now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
    the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    If you bring me an inch of delusion, i ll kick this butt of yours.
    Same if you turn up with an inch of realization, butt kicked for sure!

    The true conduct is beyond inches and presentation.
    Find the true person behind these games
    And bring the bastard
    And we ll sit and laugh together

    Gassho



    Taigu
    Sawaki Roshi couldn't have said it better!

    Gassho,
    /Pontus
    In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
    you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
    now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
    the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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    Thanks for sharing Rafael ...

    Gassho
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinoybuddhist View Post
    And somewhere in the process of offering metta to my mother who's miles away in another city, it occurred to me that she was just RIGHT HERE with me. And not only that, everyone and everything, the whole universe was just RIGHT HERE, not metaphorically but literally, RIGHT HERE!
    I have had that feeling a few times. It's beautiful, and then I must let it pass through.

    I present my ass for a kicking.
    迎 Geika

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    Rafael,

    You've had this experience loudly. You may at some point have it quietly too, but if you think 'right here', you've already travelled a million miles away and put a real chasm between self and other.

    Taigu punches everyone but his hand is never closed into a fist. True compassion! He should punch me for being so sanctimonious.

    Back to the bench!

    Gassho,

    Chet
    Last edited by disastermouse; 10-24-2012 at 05:32 AM.

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    Chet,

    I had this sense as I was typing the original post that neither what I was typing nor what I was remembering was that... you know...That. Still, I felt I had to say something - if only to have a teacher wield the virtual equivalent of a kyosaku to whack/punch/kick/tap this
    Quote Originally Posted by disastermouse View Post
    Back to the bench!
    into this skull-bones-skinbag.

    Yep, back to sitting it is.



    Rafael

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    Your skinbag is very precious, Rafael.

    Nothing wrong with being a skinbag

    Attachment to our thoughts and beliefs is the problem.

    You had to say something...act something then. Do something.

    Saying is, as Chet puts it, too late, too far. And then self and others are just two.

    No need for a kyosaku, don't you see real life with a massive one?

    Everyday I give and receive this kyosaku, without a single inch of wood.


    gassho


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    Rafael

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    With every breath and every sight a swak!
    迎 Geika

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinoybuddhist View Post
    Chet,

    I had this sense as I was typing the original post that neither what I was typing nor what I was remembering was that... you know...That. Still, I felt I had to say something - if only to have a teacher wield the virtual equivalent of a kyosaku to whack/punch/kick/tap this into this skull-bones-skinbag.

    Yep, back to sitting it is.



    Rafael
    I wish I'd have had someone to smack me after my first real 'Holy Shit' kensho moment. It would have saved me YEARS of attachment. Then again, maybe those years of hung-up-ness have prevented my backsliding. Maybe not. Dunno.

    Chet

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    Nicely said, Rafael.
    _/\_
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    Quote Originally Posted by disastermouse View Post
    I wish I'd have had someone to smack me after my first real 'Holy Shit' kensho moment. It would have saved me YEARS of attachment. Then again, maybe those years of hung-up-ness have prevented my backsliding. Maybe not. Dunno.
    Chet,

    I have a feeling that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

    Gassho,
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    I am learning, but please take what I say with a
    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    Yesterday I had to wait for a couple of hours at the dentist office.

    I didn't even have to pick up a magazine.

    All I did was to be there.

    It was perfect.

    Afterwards, life went on as usual.
    Shuso and Ango leader for September 2014.

    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

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    Thank you everyone,
    Gassho
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