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    Realizing Genjokoan - Chapter 5 - First Portion

    Hello All Constantly Deluded Buddhas!

    We will read the first pages of Chapter 5, stopping just before "Buddha Actualizing Buddha Without Thinking So."

    This week's passage is one of Master Dogen's most profound. l like to say that we are all originally Buddha, yet we live in this body and life of delusion ... greed, anger and divided thoughts. The folks who can see through that fact, and not be so bound by those circumstances, doing one's best to turn the delusion in Buddha-like directions, are actualizing Buddha even if our life in this world always has to be up to our necks in delusion.

    On the other hand, the fellow who claims or convinces herself that she is perfectly enlightened and beyond any possibility of mistake or flaw is deluded and flawed, almost as much as the person who is deluded by being a prisoner of greed, anger and division. (That is true, by the way, although all of us ... saint or sinner ... or beyond all possibility and flaw in an "absolute" sense. lf we claim that it is so down here in the trenches of life, we may be missing the point and at great risk of misunderstanding too. Lots of folks out there with Guru complexes may do this in the spiritual world.)

    As well, the process never ends so long as we are alive, and each moment is a crossroads. We can act with wisdom and compassion one moment, fall on our asses and act like asses the next.

    So, please relate a story about how this practice has helped you, in a real life situation, see through delusions of excess desire, anger and divided thinking, and be a bit freer of such turning the same in directions of peace and wholeness ... even as you still were up to your neck in the muck.

    Also, feel free, of course, to discuss anything else about this section and the book too.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLAH
    Last edited by Jundo; 10-05-2019 at 12:06 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Wow!! That is one of the best collection of words I’ve read about whatever the heck I am doing sitting on a cushion and staring at a wall every day.

    I definitely need to read this chapter again.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tairin View Post
    Wow!! That is one of the best collection of words I’ve read about whatever the heck I am doing sitting on a cushion and staring at a wall every day.

    I definitely need to read this chapter again.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    I'll second that, thank you Jundo Roshi.
    Gassho
    Meitou
    Satwithyoualltoday lah
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

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    So, please relate a story about how this practice has helped you, in a real life situation, see through delusions of excess desire, anger and divided thinking, and be a bit freer of such turning the same in directions of peace and wholeness ... even as you still were up to your neck in the muck

    It’s not much of a story but 2 1/2 years ago I was laid off from work. This was a good paying job that I had worked very hard at. This job had put me in a position where I was the lead technical person on several large accounts. There was a lot of stress but I think I was handling it very well. Then one day, while my wife was in surgery, I got a call from my manager telling me he needed to talk that day. That’s when I found out that I had lost my job, as my wife was recovering from surgery. We were (and still are) a one income family. Prior to this Practice I likely would have fallen apart. Luckily I was able to face the situation with some grace and equanimity. For sure there were moments of anger and stress and uncertainty but I also kept coming back to the thought of impermanence of things. It helped realizing that the moment I was in would pass and fade. Four months later I had a new job with a lot less stress. I refer to those four months between work as my trial retirement. My wife and I had an entire summer to spend together. It turned out to be very lovely.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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