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Thread: SIT-A-LONG with Taigu FUKANZAZENGI 6

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    If however there is the tiniest gap, heaven and earth are far apart. If the least tendency arises to go against or conform, the mind is lost in confusion.

    Cependant, s’il existe le plus petit écart, ciel et terre se séparent. Que s’élèvent la plus légère préférence ou le moindre rejet, l’esprit se perd dans la confusion.

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    Jiken Daido - Unsui at Treeleaf's Brother Sangha, the Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage.

    Do not just accept what I say. Decide for yourself if it rings true for you

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    Thank you Taigu.



    PS - up on podcast

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    If the least tendency arises to go against or conform....
    Between a rock and a hard place, without a millimetre, I shatter.

    When my wife was undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, she was badly burned, and could only lay still in bed... The pain was complete and could not be escaped from. There was no escape. She said to me " I am like a bug pinned to a wall, I can either wiggle or just be the wall". She was only the pain, the bed, the room.

    I'm not sure if your talk speaks to this exactly, but your quoted line ,for me, points directly at this no room to wiggle, this instant of frozenness, that shatters, leaving open, fluid, aloneness.


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    This is the base of it all for me. If I had to choose one single teaching to take away from Treeleaf, I think this would be it.
    "The Girl Dragon Demon", the random Buddhist name generator calls me....you have been warned.

    Feed your good wolf.

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    Merci Taigu.

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    I wish not to use the Dharma, but be used by the Dharma
    This says it all!

    Ho (Dharma)
    Yu (Hot Water)

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    Watching the gap between my life and the Dharma... Hmmmm... It's pretty big.
    Good to know that trying to fill it is not the answer.

    So I'll keep an eye on it.

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

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    C'est la vie sportive!

    Please take all my comments with a grain of salt - I am a novice priest and anything I say is to be taken with a good dose of skepticism - Shodo Yugen

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    Thank you Taigu, I enjoy this series and look forward to more (oops, "What's next!")
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    Just another itinerant monk going nowhere; try somewhere else to listen to someone who really knows.

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    Thanks Taigu. Dogen rocks.
    無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

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    Thank you Taigu,

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    Thank you, Taigu
    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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    Wonderful, thanks again Taigu.


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    Thank you


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    Do people ever actually think that they are accomplished meditators in this practice? There's always this admonishment - so many Zen teachers talk about it, but it seems that the practice itself repels that kind of thinking. Is there a way to sit zazen where it doesn't just automatically repel this sort of thinking?

    Humility in Zen is letting go, right? Not picking up self-chastisement. I'm thinking about Alan's thread..


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    Hi Chet,

    When the mind wanders, just come back here and now. When in here and now, just here and now.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    When the mind wanders, just come back here and now. When in here and now, just here and now.
    Wonderful Taigu ... I remember a meditation retreat at the Tamagawa Campus in Nanaimo, BC and we were being taught about the practice of mindfulness. He said, "Simple ... when you breathe in, say to yourself, bring the mind home ... and when breathing out, say, letting go".
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thanks taigu,

    May be more Aware that i am a fool through bringing awareness to the gap when off the cushion!

    Many thanks again


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    Nice, Taigu, thank you.

    Sitting sitting, forever slowly slowly closing the gap that never closes, until it does.

    Standing up from sitting, forever slowly slowly closing the gap while among the ten thousand gappers. Not sitting, the standing gap only widens.


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    Thank you Taigu.


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    Thank you Taigu. Gassho.
    平 息

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