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    BOOK OF EQUANIMITY - Case 4

    Case 3 never ends, yet now comes ...

    CASE 4 - The World-Honored One Points To The Earth

    A temple is built by a blade of grass, every grass-tip and every grain of dust holding all the earth, all the Buddha's body, all time and space ...

    Our theme here at Treeleaf is "All of Life is our Temple" ...

    Can we learn to see every bit of this life and world, every inch, as Sacred, one's Practice Place, the Temple?

    QUESTIONS: What place, action or person in your life could you come to see as Sacred, one's Practice Place, the Temple, though presently hard to see as such?

    In fact, what part of your life do you feel could never be Sacred, one's Practice Place, the Temple, no matter how much you try?

    Gassho, J

    PS - A couple of notes:

    - We've decided to close (lock) the discussion on older 'Book of Equanimity' threads after 2 or 3 weeks so that we all are together, and don't have a dozen conversations going on at once. Newcomers can just jump in where we are, and also read the Koans and discussion that came before.

    - Taigu and I think the hard schedule of posting a new Koan each Friday is a bit forced, so we will let the schedule be a bit more fluid and organic. In other words, we may let some threads go on for some days or longer ... until the moment is right to move on.

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    Making an altar
    I vow with all beings
    to keep the Buddha in my pocket
    along with keys, pen, and knife

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    Undoing an altar
    I humbly wish
    to give and not keep
    to be used and not use
    nyorai

    Welcome back, Shinkai, the okesa is waiting for you


    deep bows

    T.
    Last edited by Taigu; 06-14-2012 at 01:46 PM.
    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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    Mowing my lawn
    I cut down the temple
    Only to watch it grow again
    A millionth of a gap places a head upon my own.

    Gassho,

    Dokan
    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
    ~Anas Nin

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    Gassho Dokan. That really hit home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Case 3 never ends, yet now comes ...

    CASE 4 - The World-Honored One Points To The Earth

    A temple is built by a blade of grass, every grass-tip and every grain of dust holding all the earth, all the Buddha's body, all time and space ...

    Our theme here at Treeleaf is "All of Life is our Temple" ...

    Can we learn to see every bit of this life and world, every inch, as Sacred, one's Practice Place, the Temple?
    Well yes... But the thing that strikes me here is can we learn, as that implies something that is not here, but there, an separation of sorts, i would rather say omething like can we come to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    QUESTIONS: What place, action or person in your life could you come to see as Sacred, one's Practice Place, the Temple, though presently hard to see as such?

    In fact, what part of your life do you feel could never be Sacred, one's Practice Place, the Temple, no matter how much you try?
    I know of a simpleton here on treeleaf that always says, "it's all good practice", and i believe he more and more has come to that himself, so i don't know, maybe tehreis such a thing, but at the moment i cant see it.

    Mtfbwy
    Fugen
    Treeleaf Unsui
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    Well yes... But the thing that strikes me here is can we learn, as that implies something that is not here, but there, an separation of sorts, i would rather say omething like can we come to see...

    Well, good old Fugen, it is not about getting something that would be missing, learning is about loosing the whole heavy package: stories, tensions, beliefs...until we are able to get out of he way from what has been there all along. It is not out there. It is all about good practice as the good old fool knows, not being able to see is a good start. If your beliefs about Zen are dropping off, I am very happy!!!

    Gassho

    Another fool
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    Hi all,
    I love this one. This is pure Treeleaf.
    Gassho
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    Book of Equanimity Case 4

    I was too late to comment on the actual thread, but I just had to say that while I understand the Koans were written for everyone, this one had that ring of "this one was written for _me_".

    It's absolutely incredible how much I saw of myself in it. Instead of just being me, and letting go, I'm constantly comparing myself to everyone around me. At work, at home, everywhere. When I just let go, and let everything be as it is with nothing to change my life is much more peaceful. Steady.

    My $0.02.
    _/\_
    Jigetsu

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