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    Lightbulb The Multifaceted Jewel

    Hi Everyone,

    I would like to share a conversation I had with Taigu over an amazing dinner in Osaka. We had been enjoying some delicious food and conversation when we arrived at the topic of teachers and their styles. I mentioned how much my wife has been enjoying Jundo's props and detailed explanations. Also, how I have had a connection with Taigu's poetic and direct style of teaching. And, for many years, how I've also enjoyed Daido Loori's confrontational and sometimes enigmatic style. Taigu then explained how all these teachers, and infinitely more; my children, my boss, my friends, my enemies, are all facets of the same jewel. My mind immediately attempted to process this thought and place it in a nice box with a pretty bow on top. Believing the reference of the jewel to be the Dharma, I quickly closed up the box.

    But then Taigu continued to elaborate. This jewel, is in fact me. These teachers are reflections of my self. My mind, my perspective, my conditioning. This Dokan reflecting Dokan was mind-shattering. You could say it blew the top off the box. I find it hard to put into words the liberation experienced at this revelation. My likes and dislikes about any of the myriad of teachers in my life being reflections of my self, my ego. Dropping this and accepting their teachings without labels is assuredly a life-long effort, but having the awareness of it I found truly liberating and worth sharing.

    Gassho,

    Dokan
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    Thank you for sharing Dokan! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

    I agree different teachers do resonate with us in their own unique way based on our perceptions and where we are at in our own lives.

    Gassho,
    Ekai

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    Thanks for sharing. Indeed, what we receive from life's teachers is unique to our own receptivity. Conditions upon conditions.
    Gassho,
    Kaishin

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    Welcome back Dokan. It's good to have you home

    Daido
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    Dokan,
    The moment that transforms EVERYTHING. The unrepeatable moment. The moment when nothing will ever be the same again. The moment that has gone. The ever present moment.

    Thank you for YOUR teaching.

    Gassho
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    "Here the way unfolds."

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    One of the hardest parts of practice is to learn from life. Not only we have our teachers, but all life is Teacher.

    Thing is, it is a life long commitment to try to understand this.

    Hope I'm there sometime.

    Thank you for this teaching, Dokan.
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    Care to elaborate on the delicious food

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    Thanks a lot Dokan for sharing this Taigu Sensei“s teaching…
    It really sounds like some expressions that I like to hear and hear in the tetsuten“s youtube channel of Taigu Sensei.

    That teaching also remembers me to Joko Beck Sensei: Sharp pebbles of the way that harm our feet, are actually diamonds.
    (Sorry, this is the idea but I am not sure if they are the exact words she used, because I have read the Spanish translation of the book)

    Gassho
    Senryu
    Please forgive any mistake in my writing. Like in Zen, in English I am only a beginner.

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    Thank you Dokan for sharing this teaching.
    Gassho,
    Andy

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    Thank you Dokan!

    Gassho,

    Mark

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    Thank you,



    Shohei

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    Gassho....
    Shudo Dosho - Ordained Priest-in-Training
    With your help and guidance from Jundo & Taigu
    I am learning, but please take what I say with a
    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    Thank you for sharing this experience
    gassho, Shokai, still learning the way and knowing nothing
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    Just another itinerant monk; go somewhere else to listen to someone who really knows.

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    Mind blowing! Thanks for sharing Dokan.

    Rimon Barcelona, Spain
    "Practice and the goal of practice are identical." [i:auj57aui]John Daido Loori[/i:auj57aui]

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    Thank you Dokan ...

    Gassho,
    Michael

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    Thank you Dokan...and Taigu
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    P.S. Yup, I know, my English sucks

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    Wonderful! Isn't all like/dislike just a reflection of ourselves. When we are dissatisfied with something, it is not the disatisfaction of the condition, it is the dissatisfaction with ourselves. That changes a lot!
    Gassho,
    Onken

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