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    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest Taigu's Avatar
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    Even if there is no robe, just wear it

    Even if there is no robe, just wear it
    ...this is what Koun writes in his striking attempt to express directions for sitting.
    Sitting arises from the mind of awakening. Sitting is the shape and colour of the moon. As we sit, we sit in this. Nothing is excluded or rejected from this. You belong. The kesa, Buddha 's robe and body, is beyond beliefs and thoughts of all kind, it does not mind if you dislike religious aspects, if you don't give a s... about pieces of fabric sewn together, as you sit, it is already covering your left shoulder. Kesa and sitting are not two just as this whole reality and you are not two. Buddha did not merely borrow a few clouds, glimpses of sky, haze and mists, the form of a rice field, earthy shades and a bunch of rags to turn them into a robe. No. The robe IS this whole reality we live in. So not having a kesa is impossible. Not being a Buddha is total delusion.

    We don t practice to carve a Buddha of flesh, bones and breath:this Buddha sits us. We don' t sew to make a robe, the robe is sewing us.
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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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    Treeleaf Unsui/Engineer Kyonin's Avatar
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    Thank you, Taigu.

    I will sit with this.

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    as the path walks us. Gassho Taigu
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    I sit to live this life ... I live this life to sit.

    Gassho
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    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thank you, Taigu.
    Gassho,
    Kaishin

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    Thanks a lot, Taigu!

    It was just yesterday that I stumbled upon the following sentence in the Shobogenzo:
    "The buddha robe is beyond silk, common cloth, and cotton."
    (Tanahashi translation)

    Gassho,

    Timo



    no thing needs to be added

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    The robe on our left shoulder ... there before our birth ... there after our passing ... having never been born and never passed ...
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    Thank you Taigu

    Not being a Buddha is total delusion.
    90% of life is attitude; the other half is being there.
    gassho, Shokai, still learning the way and knowing nothing
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    Thank you Taigu. All of life is our robe, no getting away from it! Gassho.
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    Thank you - I am in need of letting my tangled mess of planning and worry go. I'll sit with this tonight.

    Gassho,
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    I am being stitched wonderfully

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