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Jundo
02-17-2013, 06:16 AM
http://www.davidkrutpublishing.com/dkp/wp-content/uploads/bookcovers_2007/beautiful_ugly.jpg Sitting with the beautiful AND the ugly in this world ... finding that which simultaneously transcends and holds, breathes in and breathes out, "beautiful vs. ugly" ... is our Practice.

We are free of aversion and attraction even as we have our ordinary human aversions and attractions, pulling the weeds we can and watering the flowers ... even as we embrace each as just what they are. One finds Wholeness, Light, Beauty that is unconcerned by small human judgments of beauty and ugliness.

We observe the terrible battle fields for what they are, even as we seek to make peace. We sit serenely in the sick room, even as we try to cure the disease. We transcend yet fully embrace a world of beauty and ugliness, even as we do what we can to mend the ugly and make it beautiful.

Is it not the same when we find a certain ugliness amid the beautiful in Buddhism too? A naive student who demands ONLY beauty and goodness in the world ... even the Buddhist world ... one sidedly rejecting the sometimes distasteful or even criminal, may miss the Real Treasure that shines through all of it. That is so even as, in our Wisdom and Equanimity, we keep pulling the weeds we can and nurture the flowers, praise the good and punish the wrongdoer. All at Once, the Eye of Buddha holding all.

Master Dogen quoted his Master's poem in Baike, On Plum Blossoms ... which flower on gnarled twisted branches in our garden each cold February ...

The thorn-like, spike-branched Old Plum Tree
Suddenly bursts forth, first with one or two blossoms,
Then with three, four, five, and finally blossoms beyond count.





... So Beautiful, So Beautiful






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJZNnu2n2q4

Myozan Kodo
02-17-2013, 08:58 AM
Gassho, and thanks.
Myozan

Myoku
02-17-2013, 11:03 AM
For some reason I always felt more sympathy with weeds than with flowers, but anyway, thanks for the talk, especially the mirror part spoke clearly to me,
Gassho
Myoku

Shingen
02-17-2013, 03:32 PM
Wonderful talk Jundo, thank you. :)

Gassho
Shingen

ScottM
02-17-2013, 03:56 PM
"Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty."

-John Keats

Thank you Jundo.

Gassho,
Dosho

Dennis
02-18-2013, 08:50 AM
An excellent (if ugly!) talk... especially in the coming season of beautiful beginnings. Maybe I'll leave a few weeds alone (if the wife allows!)

Gassho,
Dennis

Jiken
02-19-2013, 01:27 PM
Thanks Jundo.

Gassho,

Daido

Shokai
02-19-2013, 01:31 PM
Thank you jundo, I can once again look in a mirror :D

gassho,

Seimyo
02-19-2013, 05:39 PM
Thank you Jundo.

Gassho.
Seimyo

Daitetsu
02-20-2013, 10:03 AM
Thanks a lot, Jundo!

Gassho,

Timo

RichardH
02-20-2013, 12:24 PM
Gassho, Daizan

Jundo
02-20-2013, 01:51 PM
Gassho, Daizan

A believe a painter should have a view or two on beautiful and ugly! :cool:

Gassho, J

Kyonin
02-21-2013, 05:47 PM
Thank you Jundo.

This talk comes in perfect timing. My family is facing some ugliness lately.

Gassho,

Kyonin

Kiki
02-22-2013, 05:28 PM
Thank you Jundo

Gassho
Kia

arthus
02-22-2013, 10:05 PM
First Sit-a-long,
"Suddenly bursts forth, first with one or two blossoms"

_/\_

Gen01
02-24-2013, 06:14 PM
Thanks Jundo!

Gassho.[tranquillity]

Gi Shu-George
02-25-2013, 03:42 PM
Thank you Jundo.
Gassho
George--Gishu

Geika
02-25-2013, 08:08 PM
Thank you, Jundo, though I disagree about your and Taigu's faces. [happy]

Dokan
03-09-2013, 01:01 PM
Thank you Jundo!

Gassho,

Dokan

PS - Up on podcast (http://treeleaf.podbean.com)! Or on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/treeleaf-zendo/id417051167).

Onken
03-09-2013, 03:39 PM
Thank you. Always a great reminder.

Heisoku
03-10-2013, 10:45 AM
Thank you Jundo.Gassho.

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Marcelo de Valnisio
09-16-2013, 06:38 PM
"The very act of polishing is enlightenment itself."

Thank you, Jundo.

Gassho. gassho1

budajiho
09-19-2013, 08:59 PM
A mirror rejects nothing; nothing to reject
Gassho, Jundo.

Heion
09-20-2013, 06:26 PM
I try to sit as a mirror, now. Reflecting all that comes free of judgement.

Gassho

Byokan
11-17-2015, 07:05 PM
Thank you Jundo gassho2

Gassho
Lisa
sat today

Jika
11-18-2015, 01:14 PM
gassho1

Theophan
11-20-2015, 05:36 AM
Jundo,
Thanks

Gassho
Theophan
Sat Today

Washin
11-20-2015, 07:38 AM
Thank you Jundo. gassho1

Gassho
Sergey
sat-today