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    You can't leave THIS

    When I was sitting zazenkai today, I kept resonating on what Taigu said in the "Zen and Catholicism" thread that you can't leave THIS.

    It's impossible; you are THIS. THIS is you. I don't know, I do have a habit of stating the obvious so bear with me

    I started thinking about the Heart Sutra, that Sangha and Individual could be substituted for Form and Emptiness, and that illustrates our basic nature of suffering between groups and individuals. Groups threaten the self because we feel we'll lose something of ourselves. But that's impossible too. We are who we are. Fight or flight. Sometimes we want to run. I want to run from this practice, I want to quit it because it's getting too close for comfort sometimes. But fortunately I realize that that is just continuing the same cycle which brought me here. Trying to do the impossible with expectations of peace is going to lead to more suffering.

    Sangha is the Individual,
    The Individual is the Sangha.
    Sangha is Sangha.
    Individual is Individual.

    I am Treeleaf, Treeleaf is me. I can't leave what I am. But just because Treeleaf is me does not mean that I can wear by badge of a Zen practitioner (e.g. the Rakusu) and sit like a zombie on a pillow. That Rakusu is the Buddha but I have to realize that by taking what I learn here, chewing on it and practicing it day in and day out. THen I realize that I am Treeleaf.

    Like Dogen said in Genjokoan, "Just because the nature of wind is ever present does not mean you don't need to fan yourself". Likewise, just because this Sangha is me and Iam this Sangha, it doesn't mean diddly if I'm not doing my homework.

    Anyway, just some post zazenkai things.

    Thank you Sangha and Teachers for your constant teaching

    Gassho,

    Risho

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    The result is not the point; it is the effort to improve ourselves that is valuable. There is no end to this practice. --Shunryu Suzuki

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    "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

    -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

    Thank you Risho.

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    Cue the wicked guitar solo!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dosho View Post
    "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

    -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

    Thank you Risho.

    Gassho,
    Dosho

    Rafael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dosho View Post
    "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

    -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

    Thank you Risho.

    Gassho,
    Dosho
    Nice.

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    Beautiful realization! It will make my morning all the more serene.

    Gassho,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dosho View Post
    "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

    -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

    Thank you Risho.

    Gassho,
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    What does THIS mean?!!!


    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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    You Can't touch THIS.


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    無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    What does THIS mean?!!!


    gassho

    Taigu
    What isn't THIS?! If I tell you what it is, then it's not THIS.. it's just my idea, which doesn't mean crap. THIS is alive, not some dead idea. I'm usually clung to dead ideas.

    Gassho,

    Risho

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    Risho you are a star!
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