Sit-a-Long with Taigu: The Ten Oxherding Pictures (XIII)

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Rev. Taigu closes his series on the Ten Oxherding Pictures...

"In the world, entering the marketplace... as we get up  and leave our hermitage, we just don't leave Shikantaza behind. If we do so, what would be the real meaning of our practice? Merging with people, being nobody, we disappear into the crowd. But we let the life ofShikantaza shine through and reveal the real face of this, every single sentient being is truly met and perceived. We don't teach or instruct, but open our hands, our eyes and ears to the living teachings of the Buddhas which are found in every single form of this universe, from garbage to star. A very humbling experience, serving and being invisible. Our consciousness like clouds, rivers, wind, always passing, never fixed."

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Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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