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Shokai
03-16-2021, 01:11 AM
The Eighty-second Gate

Right balanced state is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we attain undistracted samādhi

Right Balanced State :
being in harmony and properly aligned with all dharmas and the universe

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gassho, Shokai
stlah

Risho
03-16-2021, 06:48 PM
gassho2

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Seikan
03-16-2021, 10:37 PM
With this gate, my mind keeps returning to an image of a spinning toy top. For some reason, that seems to represent the kind of balance that we’re practicing. The universe is in perpetual motion, yet there is a calm stillness at the center of it all. Residing in that stillness, we can see the whole world more clearly.

Stillness in motion
The practice
Of a spinning top


Gassho,
Seikan

-stlah-

Nengei
03-16-2021, 11:10 PM
With this gate, my mind keeps returning to an image of a spinning toy top. For some reason, that seems to represent the kind of balance that we’re practicing. The universe is in perpetual motion, yet there is a calm stillness at the center of it all. Residing in that stillness, we can see the whole world more clearly.

Stillness in motion
The practice
Of a spinning top


Gassho,
Seikan

-stlah-

My mind recently has been seeing a vision of practice as a sphere or bearing following a light scratch of a spiral as it spins out from a center point. The bearing only stays in the groove if it is allowed to proceed without any pushing in any direction; otherwise, it moves out of the pathway easily. But then it can be allowed to settle right back into the groove, and keep moving toward it's never-approaching destination.

Balance is attained
With ease
If you know all Dharma is contained in this:
Refrain from taking life.

Gassho
Nengei
Sat today. LAH.

Shokai
03-17-2021, 01:17 AM
My mind recently has been seeing a vision of practice as a sphere or bearing following a light scratch of a spiral as it spins out from a center point. The bearing only stays in the groove if it is allowed to proceed without any pushing in any direction; otherwise, it moves out of the pathway easily. But then it can be allowed to settle right back into the groove, and keep moving toward it's never-approaching destination.

Balance is attained
With ease
If you know all Dharma is contained in this:
Refrain from taking life.

Gassho
Nengei
Sat today. LAH.

Fascinating!!

Washin
03-17-2021, 05:08 AM
gassho2

Inshin
03-17-2021, 08:06 AM
My mind recently has been seeing a vision of practice as a sphere or bearing following a light scratch of a spiral as it spins out from a center point. The bearing only stays in the groove if it is allowed to proceed without any pushing in any direction; otherwise, it moves out of the pathway easily. But then it can be allowed to settle right back into the groove, and keep moving toward it's never-approaching destination.

Balance is attained
With ease
If you know all Dharma is contained in this:
Refrain from taking life.

Gassho
Nengei
Sat today. LAH.

gassho2

Wu Wei?

Gassho
Sat

Nengei
03-17-2021, 12:43 PM
Wu Wei?


Maybe, from some perspectives. It is hard to for my Western mind to think of wu wei as different from forced abstraction or indifference. I think that conceptually it depends on an existential paradigm that I struggle with.

Gassho,
Nengei
Sat today. LAH.