Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Practice is Awakening

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Zen master Eihei Dogen wrote:

A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. When their activity is large their field is large. When their need is small their field is small. Thus, each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm. If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. If the fish leaves the water it will die at once.

This is a small-big reminder: to sit is to fully enter the realm of awakening. Dropping the body-mind, this collection of habits, tensions, expectations, desires... you find the place where everything is complete, nothing is lacking. [Click through to read more and to sit along with today's video.] If you chase Buddhas, you will find nothing but Buddhas. The realization Dogen talks about is bigger than our idea of what Buddha is like, what enlightenment is like. The practice-realization is to give up any of our demands and secret wishes to just allow that freedom to arise, bird in sky, fish in water.[Click through to read more, hear today's talk, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]

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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