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11-26-2011, 08:26 AM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltyxpd8ePA1qahuhjo1_500.jpg This week's passage of the Xin Xin Ming instructs us how to live in this trying and hectic life, yet with a mind open, clear and free ... living amid and as this world of the senses, thoughts, goals, emotions -- yet light, unfettered, unbound ... seeing distinctions and complexity as Wholeness and Simplicity ... at once, as one ...

If you wish to move in the One Way
do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, to accept them fully
is identical with true Enlightenment.

The wise man strives to no goals
but the foolish man fetters himself.

This is one Dharma, not many: distinctions arise
from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
To seek Mind with the discriminating mind
is the greatest of all mistakes.

I am reminded of this description (by Zen Teacher Kyogen Carlson) of the lessons of clouds and water. I happened to read it this week. Kyogen talks of a Chinese poem which contains the line: "To drift like clouds and flow like water."

... ... Neither clouds nor water insist upon

any particular form, for they take shape according to conditions. Clouds

attach to nothing, and so drift freely across the sky. Water twists and

turns on its way down hill in complete accord with the path it must

follow. The flowing of the water has the strength to move mountains,

while the drifting of the clouds is utterly free. In these qualities we

have a perfect description of the Zen mind. Just as clouds cling to

nothing, floating free and changing with the wind, acceptance of change

is the essence of nonattachment and expresses the perfect freedom of

meditation. Flowing water follows its course naturally, without

resistance or hesitation. This lack of resistance describes the

willingness at the heart of a true commitment to Zen practice, which

like water, has the strength to move mountains.

http://www.universalquest.com/driftingcloud.htm (http://http://www.universalquest.com/driftingcloud.htm)

A very good way to move through and whole with the complexities of life.

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended


11-26-2011, 02:30 PM
Thank you Jundo.



PS - Up on podcast.

11-26-2011, 03:19 PM
Thanks Jundo,

11-26-2011, 05:28 PM
Very happy to see a daughter will become part of your family soon. Persistence is a beautiful trait. The China trip will be interesting to see. All things are Buddha... even goals. Gassho Shogen

11-27-2011, 10:26 PM
Thanks jundo.



11-28-2011, 03:11 AM
Thank you Jundo Sensei. Looking forward to virtually tagging along with you to China!


11-28-2011, 03:11 PM
Thank you Jundo-Sensei.

11-28-2011, 04:13 PM

Thank you for this teaching.


11-28-2011, 06:47 PM
Btw, wonderful picture, do you know its name or artist ?

11-29-2011, 04:26 AM
Btw, wonderful picture, do you know its name or artist ?

I believe it is ...

Taki Sansui Ga. Waterfall landscape
by Scroll artist Kako. This is an old scroll with a wonderful romanticised landscape of the Hannoki Falls at 497 metres making it the largest waterfall in Japan

http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/Penglai.html (http://http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/Penglai.html)

Gassho, J

11-29-2011, 09:12 AM
Thank you Jundo

11-29-2011, 01:21 PM
Thank you JUndo;

"There is no distinction or location, no edge or outside."
May we all meet at Shaolin to encounter the true Dharma, the wisdom of the petunia and the spacious mind of Daruma.

Safe journey to you and family,


Myozan Kodo
11-29-2011, 03:15 PM
When I was a kid Ming meant just Ming the Merciless. I'm glad to have found a new association for this word. Great series Jundo. Sincere thanks.