SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Semi-Time

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We will let the cicadas ('semi' in Japanese) do the guest teaching again today, one last time before the summer ends. Our subject is time, the long and the short of time.

The life span of some species of cicada range up to 17 years, but they live, dormant, in the ground for most of that 17 years, only to finally emerge for a few short weeks to find a mate (that is what the incessant singing is about). The male dies promptly upon completing mating, the female soon after laying her eggs. The newborn grubs return to the ground, and thus the cycle repeats ...


Master Dogen wrote on Time (in Being-Time, Uji) ...

See each
thing in this entire world as a moment of time.
Things do not hinder one another, just as moments do not hinder one
another. ... Each moment is all being, is the entire world. Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of the present moment.



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