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Taigu
06-15-2012, 12:22 AM
'What is the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma?'
Seigan replied : 'what does the rice cost in Roryo?'

Most of the time we have an over idealized perception of the path with flying boddhisatvas and great awakening feasts. We are waiting for the Disney-Buddha land show, the cosmic parade, the Barnum Dharma freak show.
Rice, guys. Just food. plain food. Its price. Just that. Nothing less, nothing more.

'Go and wash your bowl.'
'The tree in the garden'.
'A shit stick.'

Answers pointing atthe ordinary mind. Ordinary life, ordinary activity.
The nothing special you should not make special ( that s why mindfulness is nt necessary, no need for a watcher, just do and don t make a spiritual fuss about it)

How not to fall into this smell, this stench of Zen?

How do you get carried away by expectations and dreams?how and to what could you pay more attention?
How can shopping be the unfolding of the Buddhadharma? What do we add or take away to these simple things we do in our life? How not to?

How to live the uncomplicated?


Gassho


Taigu

Myoku
06-15-2012, 05:34 AM
I must admit I already read this chapter last weekend.

The first thing coming to my mind when reading this case was ..."don't intellectualize, just do" which seems to be the message. Coming to this view, I put aside the book and prepared lunch for the family, no longer moving this in my head. But there was still that "watcher", seeing me reading this and then preparing lunch. What really hits me in your comment Taigu, is "...no mindfulness necessary." because if I would have to give someone a one word instruction to buddhism it would be Mindfullness or Awareness. So I went wrong :-D

How to live uncomplicated ? Just do! But to just do one needs to omit adding all kinds of thoughts and drama, to omit it needs awareness until "just doing" has become a habit. No ? Well, I see awareness can be something added, but maybe its not ? I dont know :-D

Gassho
Myoku

Tb
06-15-2012, 08:48 AM
'What is the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma?'
Seigan replied : 'what does the rice cost in Roryo?'

Most of the time we have an over idealized perception of the path with flying boddhisatvas and great awakening feasts. We are waiting for the Disney-Buddha land show, the cosmic parade, the Barnum Dharma freak show.
Rice, guys. Just food. plain food. Its price. Just that. Nothing less, nothing more.

'Go and wash your bowl.'
'The tree in the garden'.
'A shit stick.'

Answers pointing atthe ordinary mind. Ordinary life, ordinary activity.
The nothing special you should not make special ( that s why mindfulness is nt necessary, no need for a watcher, just do and don t make a spiritual fuss about it)

How not to fall into this smell, this stench of Zen?

How do you get carried away by expectations and dreams?how and to what could you pay more attention?
How can shopping be the unfolding of the Buddhadharma? What do we add or take away to these simple things we do in our life? How not to?

How to live the uncomplicated?


Gassho


Taigu

Hi.

_/\_

Mtfbwy
Fugen

Rimon
06-15-2012, 09:19 AM
No mindfulness necessary

Like Myoku, I was struck when reading that mindfulness is not necessary. But yes, that is one of the common tales of Disney-Buddha-Land: the uberbeing that is able to keep awareness 24 hours day, from drinking coffee to farting, nothing scapes his all-mighty awareness.
And I've been so attached to that tale, dreaming of one day to become something like that...

Time to wake up. Time to live the uncomplicated life

Gassho

andyZ
06-15-2012, 09:52 AM
'What is the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma?'


Being able to post this very message.

Al
06-15-2012, 12:54 PM
Watch yourself swing in both directions. Do not become so reverent toward the cracks, the tree outside the window, or the muddy step that you forget to offer reverence to Buddha, to ceremony, and to peace.

Jiken
06-15-2012, 02:22 PM
I read this and I found myself trying extremely hard to craft a proper, enlightened zen response. Caught! (this is not my clever response i'm just being honest haha) Now I stop.

Thank you for the teaching

Myoku
06-15-2012, 03:17 PM
I read this and I found myself trying extremely hard to craft a proper, enlightened zen response.

Wonderful ...
_()_
Myoku

Thane
06-15-2012, 09:22 PM
Hi Taigu

I really enjoyed your remarks about this koan. They were straight to the point. When i first read case 5, i felt a bit stumped by it. Perhaps i was looking for the flying Bodhisattva kind of answer. But no, nothing mystical, just rice, nothing more, nothing less. Ah how my monkey mind can hope for more! Great teaching in this short koan. Thank you.

Gassho

Thane

Heisoku
06-15-2012, 10:55 PM
How to live the uncomplicated?

Still practising this..... Zazen helps!

An old man of 105 years was asked the secret of a happy life. His reply was, 'be good'...simple!

Daisho
06-16-2012, 03:43 AM
Maybe the guy who came up with the Alcoholics Anonymous slogan "Keep It Simple" was a Buddhist!

RichardH
06-16-2012, 06:04 AM
How do you get carried away by expectations and dreams?how and to what could you pay more attention?
How can shopping be the unfolding of the Buddhadharma? What do we add or take away to these simple things we do in our life? How not to?

How to live the uncomplicated?


There is nothing I can do to drop dreams and live uncomplicated.... because anything I do is a contrivance of dropping dreams and living uncomplicated. The stink of simple. All I can do is dream and be complicated, and fall down over and over..... until these bones give up dreams on their own.

Gassho, kojip.

Heisoku
06-16-2012, 07:42 AM
No path,no wisdom and no gain.
No gain thus bodhisattvas live this Prajnaparamita with no hindrance of mind.
No hindrance therefore no fear.

Uncomplicated.

Rich
06-16-2012, 10:59 AM
water flows
water goes
pay attention

Jinyo
06-16-2012, 11:02 AM
I must admit I already read this chapter last weekend.

The first thing coming to my mind when reading this case was ..."don't intellectualize, just do" which seems to be the message. Coming to this view, I put aside the book and prepared lunch for the family, no longer moving this in my head. But there was still that "watcher", seeing me reading this and then preparing lunch. What really hits me in your comment Taigu, is "...no mindfulness necessary." because if I would have to give someone a one word instruction to buddhism it would be Mindfullness or Awareness. So I went wrong :-D

How to live uncomplicated ? Just do! But to just do one needs to omit adding all kinds of thoughts and drama, to omit it needs awareness until "just doing" has become a habit. No ? Well, I see awareness can be something added, but maybe its not ? I dont know :-D

Gassho
Myoku


I don't feel you went 'wrong' Myoku - I see practicing mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hahn makes sense to me) as a way of 'undoing' all that we pick up through life that gets in the way of our natural ability to 'just be'. Perhaps it is a little self conscious at the start but hopefully it becomes more natural over time.

Regarding the koan - asking the ultimate meaning of anything is problematic. 'What is the ultimate meaning of life' or 'what is the ultimate meaning of truth'. We have no secure answers for these questions - and all is relative.

Gassho

Willow

Kyonin
06-17-2012, 10:27 AM
The meaning of Buddhadharma is life. Just that.

The hard part comes when we let the mind attach ideas, hopes and fantasies to facts.

"When I graduate I'll get a nicely paid job. I'll get rich in no time!"

"Only he can save me"

"I'll be happy only if I get the new product"

And we often miss life as it is.

Just rice, really.

Shugen
06-17-2012, 01:15 PM
I find myself appreciating little things more. How to do that without getting too attached? How to enjoy without making a conscience effort?

I also find myself playing with "Buddha's Spit" during Zazen. "It's okay if I follow this thought stream for a little while, it's about Buddhist stuff".

So funny how the mind works.

Ron


Shugen

Myoshin
06-17-2012, 01:40 PM
yes kyonin, when I was at the university ,I was thinking how the world would me mine with this succes, I felt so clever, after my success I realised that there is nothing special, my illusions vanished, and I felt lost because of my illusions about how life would be.


Gassho

Yang Hsin

Heisoku
06-17-2012, 04:28 PM
Hi Yang Hsiin..my son is expecting to start university soon and has all these expectations as we all had, but ..... Only he will/ can learn this lesson, as we have all had to...by him/ourself. His world is not my world no matter how much I show him. Only he can find out how much rice costs in Roryo!

Myoshin
06-17-2012, 11:28 PM
Thank you for your post Heisoku, great success to your son. It's good to ear that, I thought I was the only one lost in life at this time feeling unnecessary to the world, not knowing the new place life was showing me.

Gassho

Yang Hsin

Gary
06-17-2012, 11:45 PM
I also find myself playing with "Buddha's Spit" during Zazen. "It's okay if I follow this thought stream for a little while, it's about Buddhist stuff".

So funny how the mind works.

Ron


Shugen

Thank you Ron, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who does this.

Gassho
Gary

Shohei
06-18-2012, 02:38 AM
I read this and I found myself trying extremely hard to craft a proper, enlightened zen response. Caught! (this is not my clever response i'm just being honest haha) Now I stop.

Thank you for the teaching

thank you Daido! exactly :)


How not to fall into this smell, this stench of Zen?

Humbleness, honesty and proceeding with out care - no not reckless carelessness but with out agenda?

on being carried away that happens, I just have to practice coming back, noticing the slope I was slipping on and Not expecting this practice to be fixed, and a cure, but on going medicine... sweet sometimes, Buckleys mixture another. (nasty cold medicine that simply states "it tastes awful, but it works")

Gassho
Shohei

ScottM
06-18-2012, 04:00 AM
The answer that is sought changes, fluctuates, and differs according to time and place...just like the cost of rice. An answer would not only be impossible, but unfortunate...for it would fix one's focus on a goal, a time, and a place to reach...when there is nowhere to go but here.

Enjoy the rice...no matter what it costs, you gotta eat.

Gassho,
Dosho

Shokai
06-18-2012, 12:17 PM
Ah how my monkey mind can hope for more! Thanks thane:encouragement:
AND thank you Taigu for such an uncomplicated explanation of uncomplicatednessgassho2

Nenka
06-18-2012, 03:46 PM
gassho1

Jen

Risho
06-18-2012, 09:03 PM
'What is the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma?'
Seigan replied : 'what does the rice cost in Roryo?'

Most of the time we have an over idealized perception of the path with flying boddhisatvas and great awakening feasts. We are waiting for the Disney-Buddha land show, the cosmic parade, the Barnum Dharma freak show.
Rice, guys. Just food. plain food. Its price. Just that. Nothing less, nothing more.

'Go and wash your bowl.'
'The tree in the garden'.
'A shit stick.'

Answers pointing atthe ordinary mind. Ordinary life, ordinary activity.
The nothing special you should not make special ( that s why mindfulness is nt necessary, no need for a watcher, just do and don t make a spiritual fuss about it)

How not to fall into this smell, this stench of Zen?

How do you get carried away by expectations and dreams?how and to what could you pay more attention?
How can shopping be the unfolding of the Buddhadharma? What do we add or take away to these simple things we do in our life? How not to?

How to live the uncomplicated?


Gassho


Taigu

Before reading anyone else's posts, I want to answer these. So if what I say has been already said, I apologize. :)

I read about zen for years and years before I actually started doing the practice. I didn't even know that practice was central to it. I know it's odd, but I was introduced to Zen by way of what I read when I was practicing martial arts. So it was superficial zen with an end of being more proficient in martial arts; eventually it became a path to become more proficient at my job. In any event, a couple of years back I was reading The Power of Now. There were zen quotes in it, and for some reason it piqued my interest and I read a book by Daido Roshi. I eventually read book about sitting practice (although counting the breaths was the focus), and when I came here Zazen was all about Shikantaza, and it really felt right.

I'm sorry for the life story. lol The point is that I read about zen a lot. It was exciting, like a new toy or piece of candy. I think it's natural; if we aren't drawn to it, then we won't start the search, the practice. But as practice becomes more ingrained it isn't like that. I'm passionate about it, but it's in a deeper sense. Saying the meal gatha or practice isn't done because it's esoteric or cool; it's done as a true expression of gratitude for my life.

When I started practice I wondered what would a zen buddhist do? Now I don't think like that. We are human beings, not Buddhists. In some sense we are Buddhists, but I don't like holding so tightly to it. Identifying with Buddhism is another way of trying to exert our ego's idea of a separate, independent self. Sewing the Rakusu, the Kesa is not sewing for ourselves. It is sewing for all beings. We practice for to save all beings. I say that vow every time after zazen to remind "myself" that this practice isn't about "myself". Every aspect of practice is like this I'm finding. I'm thankful for Treeleaf, the sangha and the teachers for sharing these valuable lessons.

So for me in the beginning (not that I'm advanced by any means) when I was in the beginning, beginning I couldn't get enough of "zen". The stench, not the real deal. I was grasping for Zen wisdom to fix what was wrong with me. I was reaching out, grasping the ten thousand things.... not letting the ten thousand things express me.

How to not fall,is to come back again and again. I see the grasping, instead of grasping to stop grasping, just watch it. Expectations leads to grasping, controlling an outcome, which is impossible. We give ourselves to what do wholeheartedly, as we do our sitting, and thats all we can do. Let what comes, come... And practice when whatever comes comes so that we aren't so devastated when things don't "work out".

I like the question about shopping; because I like shopping :) I love electronics, video games, books. It can become a collector's addiction. So shopping is a great practice ground. I sense the arising desire and the disappointment. But practicing and watching that grasping mind really really is freeing.

Living the uncomplicated... I'm just practicing and trying to figure it out :)

Gassho,

Risho

Thane
06-18-2012, 09:42 PM
Before reading anyone else's posts, I want to answer these. So if what I say has been already said, I apologize. :)

I read about zen for years and years before I actually started doing the practice. I didn't even know that practice was central to it. I know it's odd, but I was introduced to Zen by way of what I read when I was practicing martial arts. So it was superficial zen with an end of being more proficient in martial arts; eventually it became a path to become more proficient at my job. In any event, a couple of years back I was reading The Power of Now. There were zen quotes in it, and for some reason it piqued my interest and I read a book by Daido Roshi. I eventually read book about sitting practice (although counting the breaths was the focus), and when I came here Zazen was all about Shikantaza, and it really felt right.

I'm sorry for the life story. lol The point is that I read about zen a lot. It was exciting, like a new toy or piece of candy. I think it's natural; if we aren't drawn to it, then we won't start the search, the practice. But as practice becomes more ingrained it isn't like that. I'm passionate about it, but it's in a deeper sense. Saying the meal gatha or practice isn't done because it's esoteric or cool; it's done as a true expression of gratitude for my life.

When I started practice I wondered what would a zen buddhist do? Now I don't think like that. We are human beings, not Buddhists. In some sense we are Buddhists, but I don't like holding so tightly to it. Identifying with Buddhism is another way of trying to exert our ego's idea of a separate, independent self. Sewing the Rakusu, the Kesa is not sewing for ourselves. It is sewing for all beings. We practice for to save all beings. I say that vow every time after zazen to remind "myself" that this practice isn't about "myself". Every aspect of practice is like this I'm finding. I'm thankful for Treeleaf, the sangha and the teachers for sharing these valuable lessons.

So for me in the beginning (not that I'm advanced by any means) when I was in the beginning, beginning I couldn't get enough of "zen". The stench, not the real deal. I was grasping for Zen wisdom to fix what was wrong with me. I was reaching out, grasping the ten thousand things.... not letting the ten thousand things express me.

How to not fall,is to come back again and again. I see the grasping, instead of grasping to stop grasping, just watch it. Expectations leads to grasping, controlling an outcome, which is impossible. We give ourselves to what do wholeheartedly, as we do our sitting, and thats all we can do. Let what comes, come... And practice when whatever comes comes so that we aren't so devastated when things don't "work out".

I like the question about shopping; because I like shopping :) I love electronics, video games, books. It can become a collector's addiction. So shopping is a great practice ground. I sense the arising desire and the disappointment. But practicing and watching that grasping mind really really is freeing.

Living the uncomplicated... I'm just practicing and trying to figure it out :)

Gassho,

Risho

Hi Risho

Thanks for your honest post. I enjoyed reading it and i could identify with a lot of what you said.

Gassho

Thane

Thane
06-18-2012, 09:48 PM
Thanks thane:encouragement:
AND thank you Taigu for such an uncomplicated explanation of uncomplicatednessgassho2

Thanks Shokai _/l\_

Risho
06-18-2012, 11:32 PM
Thanks Thane gassho2

P.S. the new emoticons are neat! I could see using them in a passive-aggressive way; for instance, insulting someone then popping a "gassho2" emoticon in. hahahhahah

Kaishin
06-19-2012, 12:51 AM
Too often I get mired in the study of Zen books or sutras. Too much attention to scholarly tail chasing. In other words, fussing about the finger instead of beholding the moon to which I points.

I need to remember that zazen is the center of practice--everything else is just scaffolding. Not the other way around.

_/\_
Gassho, Kaishin

RichardH
06-19-2012, 03:09 AM
Too often I get mired in the study of Zen books or sutras. Too much attention to scholarly tail chasing. In other words, fussing about the finger instead of beholding the moon to which I points.

I need to remember that zazen is the center of practice--everything else is just scaffolding. Not the other way around.

_/\_
Gassho, Kaishin

It was a pretty brutal tactic, but a very powerful facing of "the knower" came with my first teacher , who was a strict character. One evening before practice he gathered us around and just asked.. " Who is Avalokiteshvara?"" Everyone was quiet, so I piped up.. and he just blazed at me, like lasers coming from his eyes.. and screamed... "YOU!! SHUT UP!!!". It felt like being dowsed in water that was freezing cold and boiling hot at the same time.. After when we met in the hallway.. he just gave me the sweetest smile like nothing happened. That kind of tactic is not a good idea, and could really mess with some people, but it was the first time, as a kid, that I truly dropped knowing and just sat.

Gassho, kojip

Kaishin
06-19-2012, 06:27 PM
Wow, wild! Thanks for sharing, Kojip!
Gassho, Kaishin

Ekai
06-20-2012, 01:25 AM
I have a lot of passions that I truly enjoy doing with the energy to back it up. If I allow it, this can complicate my life. The times when I let go of my expectations and just be with whatever passion I am doing, I feel less overwhelmed. I used to think that I should have only a couple passions to keep things simple, but that's not me. If I take care of my family's needs and wants first while accepting that I am eclectic with many different interests instead of resisting it, that brings me more peace, harmony and less complications. It's about being honest with myself.

Gassho,
Ekai

Myozan Kodo
06-20-2012, 09:56 PM
Hi,
I don't know the cost of rice in that place. Hell. I don't even know where that place is.

That said, I don't even know the cost of rice in the Asian Market in Dublin. But I know how to eat it. And when I'm hungry, I do.

Gassho
Myozan

alan.r
06-21-2012, 03:34 AM
About 15 bucks for a five pound bag.

Gary
06-21-2012, 09:02 AM
To find out the cost of rice in Roryo we have to go there,
To find out the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma we have to go there.

Shokai
06-21-2012, 10:33 AM
To find out the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma we have to go there.
how true !:encouragement: gassho1

andyZ
06-21-2012, 11:07 AM
Trying to find the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma is like trying to find the price of rice in a place that may not even exist. While we can spend all our lives in such pursuits we miss this very moment itself. I lived in NYC some time ago and to this day I check the weather there from time to time. While there's nothing wrong with that activity – it's absolutely useless to my work or my family or my day to day life where I am right now. Unfortunately in this day and age of the Internet it's very easy to find out the actual price of rice in Roryo, Beijing or Antarctica and while it's very interesting and educating it's useless unless you're directly involved in selling/buying rice in those places.

Myoku
06-21-2012, 11:22 AM
To find out the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma we have to go there.

So true, so true.


Trying to find the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma is like trying to find the price of rice in a place that may not even exist.

So true, so true.

Gassho
Myoku, apologizing for this superfluous comment

Myoshin
06-21-2012, 02:16 PM
If we don't cherish our opinions and a realization will come, it's mushotoku. When I stop asking what will be the results, what is the sens of, and instead I really practice, so I can see the value of rice, of zezen merits
Gassho

yang Hsin

alan.r
06-21-2012, 02:54 PM
Unfortunately in this day and age of the Internet it's very easy to find out the actual price of rice in Roryo, Beijing or Antarctica and while it's very interesting and educating it's useless unless you're directly involved in selling/buying rice in those places.

I don't think it's unfortunate at all. There's nothing wrong with being able to find out the price of rice in Roryo. There's nothing wrong with all this information on the interwebs; we probably get the same amount of information coming at us if we step outside. If a person just constantly looks up rice prices and stuff and neglects family and treats people badly, now maybe that's unfortunate. But looking up the price of rice? Naw. Finding the price of rice in Roryo online and calling it useless is like calling reading a book of fiction useless. Or like saying taking a stroll is useless. What's useful about going on a walk? What's wrong with it again? I think I'd rather be useless, just wandering, no use at all.



To find out the cost of rice in Roryo we have to go there,
To find out the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma we have to go there.

Or maybe: not go anywhere.

Also, I meant to say earlier: I think rice is about 15 bucks for 5 pounds at walmart,. Which of course is also where they sell the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma, I think.

Yugen
06-21-2012, 03:08 PM
A spider descending by a silk thread.

During a Zazenkai a week or so ago I I observed a spider descending from a ceiling beam in the Zendo, on a silk thread that faintly shimmered in a shaft of light. It was descending right over the altar, descending onto the statue of Kannon. I had been searching for some significance or breakthrough in my practice, and saw a spider going about its life as spiders do - Kannon or no Kannon, altar or not, silent practice and aspiring practitioners notwithstanding. Nothing special and life goes on. I will never forget that spider.

Gassho
Yugen

Risho
06-22-2012, 01:27 AM
Gasho Yugen.

The more I've really just let this koan be, the more I realize that it's the questioning not the answering that matters. If we have an answer, then that thing is "dead". But everything is alive, living, cannot be contained by our conceptual thinking. Of course we need concepts to function, but there is a completely other side as well, where things are just "screaming" their vivid aliveness. It's not one or the other, it's where they both meet in mid-air. The question, what is the rice in Roryo?, is just a slap in the face to all of what I want answered now.

Is my zazen ok? Is my Kesa ok? Am I normal? On one level, Jundo and Taigu can advise on some points (except the last question, which is a resounding no), but in the end its our practice that must be continual...moment from moment. It is both absolute practice with everything right now and also our personal practice. The answer is not going to be given to us (not that there's an it, but...), we have to keep doing, and doing and doing... It does not end. There is no point; if there was, this practice would be truly Useless, not just useless. At the same time, we must commit to find out for ourselves! It's our job, not anyone else's. No one can do it for us.

What's the meaning of all of this? Who's asking? The ego that likes things wrapped up in nice little digestible packages. That question brought me here right now; it's why I sit. I don't know the answer! Keep on questioning and find out. Even though I don't know the answer does not relieve me of the responsibility of finding out. That's the important thing. Taigu sensei mentions in his latest talk Fukanzazengi 6, "You sit and you THINK you've got it. Wow. You're deluding yourself baby!" I love it :)

I want answers to my questions. I solve problems for a living, but living life like it is a problem is a pretty shitty way to live frankly. The answer to me is to not settle for some bullshit sound byte self-help answer to this that's going to make me feel good or stress free. This is a question that never ends for the rest of my life.... that keeps on going while I sit within the stressful times or the good times. It doesn't matter... we must practice, we must sit. I'm not being a fundamentalist.. I'm just saying consistently with each other.

Things may be stress free and happy for us, but somewhere far or near, beings are starving, suffering, hurting. What about them? We sit for them too. If I think it's ok because today my zazen was calm, I've lost the point of practice right there.

Sorry for the rambling,

Gassho,

Risho

Hans
06-24-2012, 03:10 PM
Hello,

thank you all for such a great collection of very varied and insight-provoking observations.

The grass is always greener on the other side they say,
and they are right.
Drop body and mind,
stop and open.
Deeply entering into this you will see that there is no fence at all,
and that the green is truly the same.
Catch that thief again and again,
who steals green and erects fences.
You.


Gassho,

Hans Chudo Mongen

Nenka
06-24-2012, 08:11 PM
The grass is always greener on the other side they say,
and they are right.
Drop body and mind,
stop and open.
Deeply entering into this you will see that there is no fence at all,
and that the green is truly the same.
Catch that thief again and again,
who steals green and erects fences.
You.


Gassho,

Hans Chudo Mongen

gassho1 gassho1 gassho1

Jen

Taigu
06-25-2012, 04:18 AM
Eloquent and right to the point teaching, Mongen. A man writing such words has truly caught a glimpse of the ineffable.

Gassho

Taigu

Myoshin
06-25-2012, 10:54 PM
Dharma as the plumes of smoke
its value is its inconstancy
when the mind sees it forms
he dazzles and disappears.

Gassho

Yang Hsin

BrianW
06-29-2012, 06:10 PM
'What is the ultimate meaning of the Buddhadharma?'
Seigan replied : 'what does the rice cost in Roryo?'

I free associated on this a bit and what I keep coming back to is me, as a child, asking one of my parents, “How much does that toy cost?” Having no real understanding of money, the answer was meaningless, yet I thought if I got that toy I would be happy….forever. As an adult, do I really understand any more what something costs? What about the human suffering that may go into the manufacturing of my smart phone? I still do not really understand what things cost, but on some level I think if I have it I will be happy.
More directly related to practice I think, “Oh my not too long ago I often had time to do 40 mins of zazen in the day and 20 to 30 mins. at night….doing much reading on the Dharma.” Wow that was perfect! If only I had time for that now….I could make great progress in my practice! So easy to slip into delusion….no different than me asking, “How much does that toy costs?” OK I think everyone gets the idea, but will I ever just stop and get it?

Gassho,
Jisen/BrianW

Risho
06-29-2012, 06:44 PM
Isn't the question posed more as a 'keep your heads out of the clouds, or focus on this' sort of thing like what you are asking is highly speculative and cannot be answered for you by anyone else. Instead, here's a question that is much more practical and useful.