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    A talk by Fugen: Fugen doing the dishes.

    Hi.

    A short talk about doing the dishes, and other things...



    Thank you for your practice

    May the force be with you
    Fugen

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    Kyotai
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    Mp
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    Wonderful Fugen, thank you. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    Thank you for this teaching Fugen.

    Holding the cup with both hands is a lovely observation / practice. I never really thought about it before, but neither of my favorite tea cups have handles - one is a "chawan" (a largish cup for matcha), and the other is a large dark cup my wife got for me many years ago (which I use mostly for oolong). Both are unwieldy for holding in one hand. Both transfer the heat of the tea directly to the hand. Both have a wide mouth, so the smell of the tea is transmitted efficently to the nose.

    Both tend to make tea into a little ceremony with two hands and the whole body-mind.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi

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    Hello,

    Thank you for your time.


    Gassho
    Myosha sat today
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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    Thank you Fugen


    _/\_
    If I'm already enlightened why the hell is this so hard?

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    Gassho
    Daizan

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    Thankyou Fugen!

    Great talk, I have for years now tried to recognise when monkey mind is distracting me - your joyful "Aha!" is a technique I will need to start using!. Also the word "Dumb Phone" is great

    Gassho.
    Geoff, a student.

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    Thanks Fugen!

    Gassho,
    Anshu

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    Thank you Fugen. Great talk


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    Thank you, Fugen.

    I have not managed to read tenzo kyokun (and watch the videos) yet, but I experience the timing of doing one thing to be important to me.
    I've heard that people slow down when asked to perform "mindfully".
    And abbot Muho (maybe in a German clichee) writes in the Antaiji papers, that he explains mindful work to people new at Antaiji as "working fast and efficiently", as to not make them spend too much time on their work.

    My work often resembles a stack of dishes that need very thorough attention, one after the other, but they are piling up and time is running.
    So I notice that only doing this, now, is very helpful. Ideally, there is no perceived time, no pressure, no time wasted. Like Zazen.
    Still, when I am feeling as much pressure as when I can afford best to breathe, when to drink, and my monkey mind is only asking if I can make time for the bathroom (9 hours straight, such a day was today) -
    what do the teachings and tradition say on that?

    I imagine the cook must often be in a hurry (especially on a wood fire stove), maybe without feeling hurried, which makes his task so advanced practice.

    Please come to my kitchen and wash a really, really big pile of dirty dishes under a close cut time limit.
    That would be very helpful to learn from. (No, joking, I don't have many dishes. But could you elaborate please?)

    Sorry for the long post.
    Gassho,
    Danny
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    Hi.

    Danny, when doing this do this, being mindful of all other things, and the order you do them.
    But most of all be mindful of you, because without you, where are all other things?

    Thank you for your practice.

    Mtfbwy
    Fugen

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    Hi Fugen,

    Thank you for the wonderful talk.

    Some folks cannot make donkeys out of their monkey minds for a while. For example, a person with severe adhd. This being so, a monkey is a monkey and a donkey is a donkey. No need to put legs on a snake.

    Gassho, Jishin, _/st\_

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    Hi Fugen,

    Thank you for this talk.

    Yes, my cup sitting here at my desk is a mass of stuff surrounding emptiness. That's life!

    Deep bows,

    Kyonin
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    A talk by Fugen: Fugen doing the dishes.





    Gassho, Jishin, _/st\_
    Last edited by Jishin; 06-20-2015 at 03:11 PM.

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    But most of all be mindful of you, because without you, where are all other things?
    Fugen - hundreds of arms to do the dishes, and always one extra for a hug.

    Thank you for your compassion, and your wisdom. Not two.

    Jishin, cute

    Gassho,
    Danny
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    andsleptalot

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    Isn't anyone else going to remark upon the "live long and prosper" hand sign together with the statement "may the force be with you" (or is that some kind of an inside joke here? lol)
    Thank you Fugen for these reminders!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
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    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . . space, the final frontier . . . to infinity, and beyond!"




    Gassho
    Myosha sat today
    Last edited by Myosha; 06-22-2015 at 11:57 AM.
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra529 View Post
    Isn't anyone else going to remark upon the "live long and prosper" hand sign together with the statement "may the force be with you" (or is that some kind of an inside joke here? lol)
    Thank you Fugen for these reminders!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday
    Hi.

    I guess noone will as it is an treat everybody used to me will recognise.
    But it still drives people nuts, and makes them smile, from time to time...

    Thank you for the reminder and thank you for your practice.

    MTFBWY (ie May The Force Be With You)
    Fugen

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    Life is our temple and its all good practice
    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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    Thank you Fugen.

    Gassho,

    Shugen

    #sattoday


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