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    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Beautiful-Ugly-Buddha Eye

    Sitting with the beautiful AND the ugly in this world ... finding that which simultaneously transcends and holds, breathes in and breathes out, "beautiful vs. ugly" ... is our Practice.

    We are free of aversion and attraction even as we have our ordinary human aversions and attractions, pulling the weeds we can and watering the flowers ... even as we embrace each as just what they are. One finds Wholeness, Light, Beauty that is unconcerned by small human judgments of beauty and ugliness.

    We observe the terrible battle fields for what they are, even as we seek to make peace. We sit serenely in the sick room, even as we try to cure the disease. We transcend yet fully embrace a world of beauty and ugliness, even as we do what we can to mend the ugly and make it beautiful.

    Is it not the same when we find a certain ugliness amid the beautiful in Buddhism too? A naive student who demands ONLY beauty and goodness in the world ... even the Buddhist world ... one sidedly rejecting the sometimes distasteful or even criminal, may miss the Real Treasure that shines through all of it. That is so even as, in our Wisdom and Equanimity, we keep pulling the weeds we can and nurture the flowers, praise the good and punish the wrongdoer. All at Once, the Eye of Buddha holding all.

    Master Dogen quoted his Master's poem in Baike, On Plum Blossoms ... which flower on gnarled twisted branches in our garden each cold February ...

    The thorn-like, spike-branched Old Plum Tree
    Suddenly bursts forth, first with one or two blossoms,
    Then with three, four, five, and finally blossoms beyond count.





    ... So Beautiful, So Beautiful





    Last edited by Jundo; 02-17-2013 at 06:12 AM.
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    Treeleaf Unsui Myozan Kodo's Avatar
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    Gassho, and thanks.
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    For some reason I always felt more sympathy with weeds than with flowers, but anyway, thanks for the talk, especially the mirror part spoke clearly to me,
    Gassho
    Myoku

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    Wonderful talk Jundo, thank you.

    Gassho
    Shingen



    If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
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    "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty."

    -John Keats

    Thank you Jundo.

    Gassho,
    Dosho
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    With your help and guidance from Jundo & Taigu
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    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    An excellent (if ugly!) talk... especially in the coming season of beautiful beginnings. Maybe I'll leave a few weeds alone (if the wife allows!)

    Gassho,
    Dennis

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    Thanks Jundo.

    Gassho,

    Daido


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    Thank you jundo, I can once again look in a mirror

    gassho,
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    Thank you Jundo.

    Gassho.
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    Thanks a lot, Jundo!

    Gassho,

    Timo
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    Gassho, Daizan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daizan View Post
    Gassho, Daizan
    A believe a painter should have a view or two on beautiful and ugly!

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo.

    This talk comes in perfect timing. My family is facing some ugliness lately.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
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    Thank you Jundo

    Gassho
    Kia

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    First Sit-a-long,
    "Suddenly bursts forth, first with one or two blossoms"

    _/\_

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    Thanks Jundo!

    Gassho.

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    Thank you Jundo.
    Gassho
    George--Gishu

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    Thank you, Jundo, though I disagree about your and Taigu's faces.
    迎 Geika

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    Thank you Jundo!

    Gassho,

    Dokan

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    Thank you. Always a great reminder.
    Gassho,
    Onken

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    Thank you Jundo.Gassho.

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    "The very act of polishing is enlightenment itself."

    Thank you, Jundo.

    Gassho.

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    A mirror rejects nothing; nothing to reject
    Gassho, Jundo.

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    I try to sit as a mirror, now. Reflecting all that comes free of judgement.

    Gassho

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