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    SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Ryokan, the old big useless fool, writer of cheap poetry and wanderer in both worlds, this one and the next, writes:

    Violets and dandelions
    mixed together
    in my beggar's bowl
    are offered to all the buddhas
    Manifest here, there and everywhere




    Broken bowls, begging bowls, that's what we are.
    Nothing special, nobody special.
    Takuhatsu is the action of going begging in the streets, floating away in this fleeting world, things given and received, but who gives, who receives?
    In the light of the sad events of the past few weeks, Let's take a look at this bowl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1tFlVMOKYY[/video]]


    gassho


    Taigu

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Thank you.
    Gassho

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Eloquence surpasses the moment, Thank you Taigu-oso

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Gassho

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    I have become that bowl being offered at your door open to receive whatever it is that you offer that nourishes me.

    Gassho,

    Seishin Kyrill

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    My heartfelt gratitude, Teacher. m

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    Hi Taigu.

    I always enjoy listening to your talks. Many precious words, yet no trace in need to be left behind.

    Gassho,

    Janne

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Taigu,
    I appreciate your dedication as a teacher when you are surrounded by uncertainty and change of the most profound sort. A real lesson to us from real teachers (yourself and Jundo).

    The presence you have both shown in the last two weeks is a remarkable and not to be forgotten example of "every day is a good day" or "sun-faced Buddha, moon-faced Buddha"

    Thank you and a deep bow,

    Yugen

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    So important to accept what there is, and how difficult too. In the end we are all beggars accepting charity from the universe.

    Deep gassho hoping to float one day

    Rimon

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    This teaching has touched very deep inside.

    Thank you, Taigu-san.

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    Thank you for this teaching Taigu.

    Gassho,
    Corey W.

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Thank you,

    Taylor

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Thank You.

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Thank you for this, Taigu. I watched it several times.

    A statement like, "We owe our existence to the generosity of the universe" just isn't something I hear often in my culture, where . . . well . . . a sense of entitlement often reigns supreme. Nor do we often think of ourselves as nothing, like clouds. Perhaps we should.

    Much to think about.

    Gassho,

    Jennifer

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    _()_
    Peter

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    ... Thank you... !

    gassho,
    Jinyu

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    Thank you Taigu sensei

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Thank you Taigu Sensei for demystifying this ancient practice.

    Gassho,
    John

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    Thank you Taigu,
    quite different from the Theravadin begging run, and yet the same.

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Hello Rev. Taigu,

    Thank you for this talk, from one who was and still is homeless.

    My last year of school and first year of work, I lived on a concrete floor in the back of a computer shop. Ate what I could get, bathed at a good friend's house, was occasionally the guest of a gracious host.

    My wife's bed is the only one I've slept in since I was 16. (Barring, of course, hotels and the like since we've been together.)

    Though I now have a roof over my head, (too much) food in my belly, it would be a blatant lie to say that this place, that place is my home. Who can ever really have a home?

    Metta,

    Saijun

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    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: Just a begging bowl

    Quote Originally Posted by Yugen
    The presence you have both shown in the last two weeks is a remarkable and not to be forgotten example of "every day is a good day" or "sun-faced Buddha, moon-faced Buddha"
    I second that!

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    Thank you Taigu. Comes at a perfect time.

    Deep gassho,

    Shawn

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