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  1. #101

    Ango Gatha 34

    Hashing out a contentious topic
    I vow with all beings
    to push hard on my ideas
    of right and wrong

  2. #102

    Ango Gatha 35

    Smelling flowers
    I vow with all beings
    to note how breath can carry
    triggers for powerful emotions

  3. #103

    Ango Gatha 36

    Sitting in silence
    I vow with all beings
    to have gratitude for the void;
    thanks for nothing

  4. #104

    Ango Gatha 37

    Being moderate in eating
    I vow with all beings
    to find the elusive place
    between hungry and full.

  5. #105

    Ango Gatha 38

    Saying good morning to coworkers
    I vow with all beings
    to show true interest
    in their smiles and greetings

  6. #106

    Ango Gatha 39

    Confronting exhaustion
    I vow with all beings
    to accept my limits
    and care for my body and mind.

  7. #107

    Ango Gatha 40

    Greeting the morning fog
    I vow with all beings
    to walk slowly through the Dharma
    until I am soaked to the bone.

  8. #108

    Ango Gatha 41

    Up before sunrise
    I vow with all beings
    to take a cue from the sun
    and wake up.

  9. #109

    Ango Gatha 42

    Making plans
    I vow with all beings
    to be honest about my time;
    honoring promises takes commitment

  10. #110

    Ango Gatha 43

    Hugging a mother who has lost her oldest son
    I vow with all beings
    to drop all of my walls
    and step inside her pain.

  11. #111

    Ango Gatha 44

    Making pancakes
    I vow with all beings
    to remember that the best flip
    is the one you never think about

  12. #112

    Ango Gatha 45

    Meeting the midpoint of an activity
    I vow with all beings
    that I will find the center of all things
    and gravitate there.

  13. #113
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    Re: Ango Gatha 36

    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkai
    Sitting in silence
    I vow with all beings
    to have gratitude for the void;
    thanks for nothing
    I really like this one!

    Gassho,

    Amelia

  14. #114

    Re: Gathas

    If I have not said so enough ... thank you for keeping this going, Shinkai, and for both the Wisdom and Humor you bring to it.

    We may have to publish these somehow.

    Gassho, J

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    Re: Gathas

    I say he should do a book; suggested title, "90 days of Ango."

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    Re: Gathas

    Shinkai,

    Thank you for these...I should have said that several gathas ago, but will do so now.

    Gassho,
    Dosho

  17. #117
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    Re: Gathas

    I think Jundo and Shokai have the right idea about putting these together in a more formal way through publishing! There are many gems here worth preserving and sharing

    Gassho,
    John

  18. #118

    Ango Gatha 46

    Speaking for a group
    I vow with all beings
    to become transparent and flexible
    so all light travels through equally

  19. #119

    Ango Gatha 47

    Reading criticism of our tradition
    I vow with all beings
    to defend
    nothing

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    Re: Gathas

    Thanks again Shinkai; 46 and 47 are especially timely

  21. #121

    Re: Gathas

    Being tested on my knowledge
    I vow with all beings
    to suffocate defensiveness
    until it succumbs to reality

  22. #122

    Ango Gatha 49

    Working overtime
    I vow with all beings
    to remember each hour
    is built on a foundation of sand

  23. #123

    Ango Gatha 50

    Sick with a cough
    I vow with all beings
    to exert all my effort
    like the masters in their final hours

  24. #124

    Ango Gatha 51

    Reading the liturgy
    I vow with all beings
    to let my thoughts float on top of the words
    rushing along with the flow of time

  25. #125

    Ango Gatha 52

    Watching the sunset
    I vow with all beings
    to honor the precept
    of not wasting a single second

  26. #126

    Ango Gatha 53

    Laughing with friends
    I vow with all beings
    to notice how this very second
    we all experience the same joy

  27. #127

    Re: Gathas

    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkai
    Watching the sunset
    I vow with all beings
    to honor the precept
    of not wasting a single second
    Thanks for this one, man. It hurts, but in a good way.

    The older I get, the sweeter the most boring moments become.

    gassho
    Greg

  28. #128

    Ango Gatha 54

    Leaving home
    I vow with all beings
    to remember the snail;
    a hermit everywhere

  29. #129

    Ango Gatha 55

    Standing in the middle of a casino
    I vow with all beings
    to remember the price we all pay
    for a chance to come up empty

  30. #130
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    Re: Ango Gatha 55

    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkai
    Standing in the middle of a casino
    I vow with all beings
    to remember the price we all pay
    for a chance to come up empty
    Brilliant!

  31. #131

    Re: Gathas

    Thank you all for you kind words. It's wonderful sharing this practice with you.

  32. #132

    Ango Gatha 56

    Waking in a strange room
    I vow with all beings
    to drop my definitions;
    familiarity is both blessing and curse

  33. #133

    Ango Gatha 57

    Passing through airport security
    I vow with all beings
    to stand in the x-ray machine
    transparent, yet solid

  34. #134

    Ango Gatha 58

    On the freeways when the bars are closing
    I vow with all beings
    to give people space
    and allow room for error

  35. #135

    Ango Gatha 59

    Handing candy to trick or treaters
    I vow with all beings
    to take off all my masks
    when the doorbell rings

  36. #136

    Ango Gatha 60

    Reviewing my goals
    I vow with all beings
    to include direction, intention,
    and drinking my tea slowly

  37. #137

    Ango Gatha 61

    Networking at a conference
    I vow with all beings
    to say hello to my mother,
    my father

  38. #138

    Ango Gatha 62

    Taking prescriptions that cloud the mind
    I vow with all beings
    to use tools as tools
    and sleep soundly

  39. #139

    Ango Gatha 63

    Reading Dogen
    I vow with all beings
    dropping body and mind
    starts here and now

  40. #140

    Ango Gatha 64

    Waking from a deep sleep
    I vow with all beings
    to be at ease with the sunshine
    and the dust motes

  41. #141

    Ango Gatha 65

    Sewing the kesa
    I vow with all beings
    to remember my grandmother
    whose hand is in every stitch

  42. #142

    Ango Gatha 66

    In the midst of a miscommunication
    I vow with all beings
    to stop and collect all of the pieces
    before trying to reconstruct the temple

  43. #143

    Ango Gatha 67

    Late with my gatha
    I vow with all beings
    that I will draw my bow again
    even after the arrow misses the target

  44. #144

    Ango Gatha 68

    Collecting ideas
    I vow with all beings
    to give a few the attention they deserve
    instead of half attention to everything

  45. #145

    Ango Gatha 69

    Laying in corpse pose
    I vow with all beings
    the difference between life and death
    is rising and falling within me

  46. #146

    Ango Gatha 70

    Checking the mail
    I vow with all beings
    to read the messages
    between the letters

  47. #147

    Ango Gatha 71

    Welcoming house guests
    I vow with all beings
    to give this place away
    keeping only my robe and bowl

  48. #148

    Ango Gatha 72

    Serving others
    I vow with all beings
    to offer a generous attitude
    as well as a generous action

  49. #149

    Ango Gatha 73

    With my spouse at a distance
    I vow with all beings
    to accept limits and boundaries
    without assigning consequences

  50. #150

    Ango Gatha 75

    Opening the window
    I vow with all beings
    to let the fall breeze
    equalize hot and cold

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