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    The Door

    I walk through the door...

    What is the universal action or actions of this process? Is there a universal action? Is there an action at all? It seems walking through a door is an experience we all know and share. It is a universal act that we all do daily.

    I open the door...I walk through the door...I close the door.

    But is this experience truly a collective experience we all share? What is this act we all do and how is it shared?

    Is it shared through the physical? The physical process and movements in which we all do in order to complete what it is we must do with the door. Or is it perhaps shared through the memories and automatic responses that we seem to not even be aware of as we turn that door handle. The visual aspect of seeing the process of the door in and of itself...or perhaps all shared at the same time.

    What is the door? Am I the door? Are you the door? Is there a door?

    Why am I stuck on the door? It seems the more you get exposed to something, even though its a profound truth, you become blind to it. It no longer resonates, it no longer inspires...its almost like a hypnotic adaptation to all situations. It seems to be important to return to things that are meaningful and bathe inside of them. To see the world in the door or heaven in the doorway. To hold infinity in the door handle or eternity as you walk through...to see the profound truth in the door you face.

    When I turn the door handle...am I aware?

    I make the door a part of my practice by asking myself...Did "I" walk through the "door."

    I open the door...I walk through the door...I close the door.

    Why am I stuck on the door?
    “Be humble: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
    Shunryu Suzuki

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    Let go of the door knob.

    Gassho, Jishin
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    Gee, these questions sound like something one would think while listening to The Doors, ingesting something ftom the Doors of Perception ...

    Okay, we sit and drop all these questions.

    And thus we may find why Zen Practice is often called the Doorless Door.

    This Door is Always Open beyond small human views of "open" or "closed". This Door is you and you are The Door (and one need not become unhinged to realize so)! As you swing The Door Open, The Door swings you!

    Now, that being said ... go into a room, close the door, sit down and drop all these silly questions.

    As the Old Master said to the Student at the end of Dokusan, "Don't let the door hit you in the backside on the way out!"

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Hey! There is no door. Love jonno

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    If the door of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

    . . . William Blake




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    Hi Treeleaf Sangha friends,
    After travelling a lot around the world I am finding a time to restart my participation in these forums, which I have kept reading always that I had a bit of time.
    My point is that the door allegory is as valid as a metaphor as any other. The same that the boats which go to the other river side. Maybe our ego-centered minds need some support to keep practicing, as the “anti-fear maps” who talked Dokusho Villalba sensei. Like a crutch to help us to walk when we have some problems to walk. Not good, not bad. Just who we are in this moment. Just another delusion which we resist to left behind, but eventually I will abandon. I am not sure of that, but I agree with Jundo sensei that at this moment it´s better to keep doing zazen, and let out metaphors. If I can :-D
    Gassho
    Senryu
    Please forgive any mistake in my writing. Like in Zen, in English I am only a beginner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Gee, these questions sound like something one would think while listening to The Doors, ingesting something ftom the Doors of Perception ...

    Okay, we sit and drop all these questions.

    And thus we may find why Zen Practice is often called the Doorless Door.

    This Door is Always Open beyond small human views of "open" or "closed". This Door is you and you are The Door (and one need not become unhinged to realize so)! As you swing The Door Open, The Door swings you!

    Now, that being said ... go into a room, close the door, sit down and drop all these silly questions.

    As the Old Master said to the Student at the end of Dokusan, "Don't let the door hit you in the backside on the way out!"

    Gassho, J
    Thank you Jundo. And thank you everyone. I felt I should post these things I seem to get "stuck" on. The "door" was just one example of many. I guess I was wondering if asking these questions about simple moments and finding the profound truth in them added to practice or weighed it down. But I must agree with Jundo, in the "end" one must close the door, sit down and drop the silly questions.

    Thank you everyone again.

    Gassho
    Bobby
    “Be humble: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
    Shunryu Suzuki

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