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    Even if there is no robe, just wear it

    Even if there is no robe, just wear it
    ...this is what Koun writes in his striking attempt to express directions for sitting.
    Sitting arises from the mind of awakening. Sitting is the shape and colour of the moon. As we sit, we sit in this. Nothing is excluded or rejected from this. You belong. The kesa, Buddha 's robe and body, is beyond beliefs and thoughts of all kind, it does not mind if you dislike religious aspects, if you don't give a s... about pieces of fabric sewn together, as you sit, it is already covering your left shoulder. Kesa and sitting are not two just as this whole reality and you are not two. Buddha did not merely borrow a few clouds, glimpses of sky, haze and mists, the form of a rice field, earthy shades and a bunch of rags to turn them into a robe. No. The robe IS this whole reality we live in. So not having a kesa is impossible. Not being a Buddha is total delusion.

    We don t practice to carve a Buddha of flesh, bones and breath:this Buddha sits us. We don' t sew to make a robe, the robe is sewing us.
    Last edited by Taigu; 04-08-2013 at 10:44 PM.

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    Thank you, Taigu.

    I will sit with this.


    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    as the path walks us. Gassho Taigu

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    Deep bows


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    I sit to live this life ... I live this life to sit.

    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thank you, Taigu.
    Kaishin (Open Heart aka Matt)
    Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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    Thanks a lot, Taigu!

    It was just yesterday that I stumbled upon the following sentence in the Shobogenzo:
    "The buddha robe is beyond silk, common cloth, and cotton."
    (Tanahashi translation)



    no thing needs to be added

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    The robe on our left shoulder ... there before our birth ... there after our passing ... having never been born and never passed ...

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    Thank you Taigu

    Not being a Buddha is total delusion.
    90% of life is attitude; the other half is being there.
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May all of our actions contribute to the harmony of the universe

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    Thank you Taigu. All of life is our robe, no getting away from it! Gassho.
    平 息

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    Thank you - I am in need of letting my tangled mess of planning and worry go. I'll sit with this tonight.


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    I am being stitched wonderfully

    "The Girl Dragon Demon", the random Buddhist name generator calls have been warned.

    Feed your good wolf.

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