SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Genjo Koan XXV

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Our sense of an abiding, unchanging, permanent, separate 'self' ...



... is kind of an optical illusion.



By the way, the signal dropped today ... so, if sitting-a-long please (nonabiding-changing-impermanent-not separate) self-time!


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When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. When you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that nothing at all has unchanging self. [Aitken & Tanahashi]

When a man is sailing along in a boat and he moves his eyes to the shore, he misapprehends that the shore is moving. But if he keeps his eyes on the boat, he can recognize that it is the boat that is moving forward. [Similarly,] when we observe millions of things and phenomena with a disturbed body and mind, we mistakenly think that our own mind or our own [nature] may be permanent. But if we familiarize ourselves with our actual conduct and come back to this concrete place, it becomes clear that the millions of things and phenomena are [without permanent self] [Nishijima]

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