SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Genjo Koan XX

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... "dropping body-mind" ...

... "forgetting the self" ...

... sounds really tricky to "do". Maybe.it is!


But so's bicycle riding, swimming or tightrope walking if you try to explain these in words to someone who never has!


(By the way, 'just sitting' Shikantaza, like riding a bike, is the most ordinary thing. Nothing special. Yet we also come to know that when we're riding our bike, it is just the whole universe, all time and space, riding. So, there's that too about the most 'ordinary' of things! And are you riding the bike or is the bike riding you??)


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To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly. When you first seek dharma, you imagine you are far away from its environs. At the moment when dharma is correctly transmitted, you are immediately your original self. [Aitken & Tanahashi]


To learn Buddhism is to learn ourselves. To learn ourselves is to forget ourselves. To forget ourselves is to be experienced by millions of things and phenomena. To be experienced by millions of things and phenomena is to let our own body and mind, and the body and mind of the external world, fall away. [Then] we can forget the [mental] trace of realization, and show the [real] signs of forgotten realization continually, moment by moment. When a person first seeks the Dharma, he is far removed from the borders of Dharma. But as soon as the Dharma is authentically transmitted to the person himself, he is a human being in his own true place.[Nishijima]


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