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    At the heart of both spring and winter ...

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    Nothing that I am about to say is original in the least ...


    The one true refuge and peace is to leap through all thoughts of coming and going, birth and death, sickness and health, ups and downs. In Zazen, one can know our still and flowing nature at the heart of it all, at the center of all opposites. Our lives seem to come and go, fortunes rise and fall, time appears to tick away, yet there is this which never comes nor goes, can never be lost or gained, is not measured by time. Here, there is no getting older, no illness or despair, even as we live in this world where all that seems to be the case. Yes, there is fear sometimes in our lives ... but also this taste of nothing to fear at all, of some treasure which can never be lost, a view where there is no passing. Sometimes, when we are very frightened, it is possible to be in this place as our shelter, and fear falls away as the storm blows all around us. I have often taken shelter here.


    Some call this "Buddha," or by 10,000 other names or no name at all. Sometimes we can experience so, feel this so clearly, and other times we can only trust or go on vague memory ... but it is so.


    In the meantime, here in the world, let us help each other and be kind. Please comfort those who are afraid or need help, offering a gentle word or a hand. Appreciate this life, and this rare opportunity that events have given us to take stock and slow down. It will be okay. Try to feel a profound gratitude for ... or, at least, a respectful acceptance of ... ALL OF IT, THE WHOLE SHOW, even the moments and aspects that we struggle with. Allow with equanimity the times which scare or sadden us. Springtime follows the winter, and the world finds its ground and leaps back to life.


    What is at the heart of both spring and winter, yet unbound by all passing seasons?


    When I am afraid and hurting, this is my comfort too.
    Last edited by Jundo; 03-17-2020 at 08:29 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Doshin
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    Thank you, Roshi.
    Gassho,
    Mateus
    Sat today/LAH

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    I am going to post this here too. My friend Ed just put it up, just stunning ...

    Prayer for a Pandemic: (Author Unknown)

    May we who are merely inconvenienced
    Remember those whose lives are at stake.

    May we who have no risk factors
    Remember those most vulnerable.

    May we who have the luxury of working from home
    Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
    Remember those who have no options.

    May we who have to cancel our trips
    Remember those that have no safe place to go.

    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
    Remember those who have no margin at all.

    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
    Remember those who have no home.

    As fear grips our country,
    Let us choose love.
    During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
    Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of the Universe/Buddha Nature/God... to our neighbors.
    --- Author Unknown
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you.

    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    Gassho
    Onka
    Sat today

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    穏 火
    aka Anna Kissed.
    No Gods No Masters.
    Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

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    So much wisdom and the profundity of zazen

    Deep bows
    Gassho _/\_

    Van
    Sat/Lah

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    Krista
    st/lah

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    Beautiful. Right to the heart as usual.

    Thank you, Jundo

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
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    Tairin
    Sat today and lah

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    Beautiful! Thanks


    Sat / lah


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    Rich
    MUHYO
    無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

    I may be wrong and not knowing is acceptable

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    Thank you.

    Gassho,

    Hobun

    STLAH

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    Gassho
    Washin
    st-lah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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    So beautiful.

    Gassho

    Ben


    Stlah

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    Thank you. Even if I realize this in a few fleeting glimpses during the course of the day, thank you.

    Gassho
    STlah
    James

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    Thank you for this gem

    Gassho,
    Seibu
    Sattoday

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    Thank you, Jundo. Just what I needed to hear today.

    Gassho.

    Heiso
    StLah

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    No mud, no lotus.

    Gassho
    Kyōsen
    Sat|LAH
    橋川
    kyō (bridge) | sen (river)

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    Thanks Jundo!

    Truly wonderful words!

    Gassho,

    Ippo

    SatToday

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    Thank you Jundo Roshi.


    Jakuden
    SatToday
    清 道 寂田
    SEIDO JAKUDEN
    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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    Thank you Jundo
    Gassho
    Heisoku
    STLAH
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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