Sit-a-Long with Taigu: 10,000 Things

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Rev. Taigu continues reflecting on Eihei Dogen's words from theGenjokoan...

"To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening... 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."

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Taigu writes:

The ten thousand things, the myriad things can be seen as the boundless field of Buddha nature which is this as it is, so as we sit, dropping off body and mind, letting go of the self, the whole universe is also sitting. The brightness of the moon, real moon, symbol of awakening and moon of sitting, are nothing but one. The myriad things are also these then thousand activities and things and people found and met everyday. Dropping body and mind is to fully live and die every time: whatever we do, we do it fully and once it is done, we forget it: in other words we are not carrying things, people, experiences into what comes next. We are not making today with yesterday or looking at Spring being the end of winter. The perception of a continuity, the illusion of a linear time, collapse into this joyful being-time. Every moment is perfect as it is, complete, without any before or after. This wholeness, this beingness, this nownessas Trungpa Rimpoche used to often speak of, is what Dogen points out here.

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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