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    61/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Sixty-first Gate

    The faculty of balance is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] the mind is pure..

    Balance :
    mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment

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    gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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

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    Such a beautiful following of yesterday's gate.

    I swim in the ocean of sameness
    Mindful of all directions
    And thus find myself balanced.

    Gassho,
    Nengei
    Sat today. LAH.

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    Steady and stable
    A clear mind
    Stays out the mud


    Gassho,
    Seikan

    -stlah-
    聖簡 Seikan (Sacred Simplicity)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seikan View Post
    Steady and stable
    A clear mind
    Stays out the mud


    Gassho,
    Seikan

    -stlah-
    No Mud; no Lotus ??
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shokai View Post
    No Mud; no Lotus ??
    Ha! Good point!

    Even the lotus, once bloomed, balances deftly upon the water's surface, staying clear of the mud from which it came (yet it does remain rooted in the mud at the same time, right?).

    Gassho,
    Seikan

    -stlah-
    聖簡 Seikan (Sacred Simplicity)

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    All my life I thought that to have balance I need to be in control. Nowadays I let go a little bit more and more and my mantra is "let it be".

    Gassho
    Sat

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    Hi Shokai,
    I am just beginning to find balance in my life, and I am 69. For one thing, it has taken me more things to do than siting. It is only now that I am approaching Shikantaza as nothing, just nothing to do.
    Gassho
    sat/lah
    Tai Shi
    Last edited by Tai Shi; 02-23-2021 at 03:29 PM.
    I SAY whatever tastes sweet to the most perfect person, that is finally right. Walt Whitman 1860 Leaves of Grass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seikan View Post
    Ha! Good point!

    Even the lotus, once bloomed, balances deftly upon the water's surface, staying clear of the mud from which it came (yet it does remain rooted in the mud at the same time, right?).

    Gassho,
    Seikan

    -stlah-
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Hi Shokai,
    I am just beginning to find balance in my life, and I am 69. For one thing, it has taken me more things to do than siting. It is only now that I am approaching Shikantaza as nothing, just nothing to do.
    Gassho
    sat/lah
    Tai Shi
    Taishi;
    This is so good to hear. Our practice is Zazen and being able to accept is gold. Next month I'll be 84 and still doing Zazen with slightly modified posture. Life is golden as well .

    gassho, Shokai

    p.s. Good to see you here.
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Shokai you make me happy that I might make 84 and still be sitting Zazen! I know you have troubles with sitting position like me, but I don't worry as much about it as I once did. I know you are a priest, and priests are suppose to be a certain way, but continue to be creative like me. Perhaps return to your writing! You have produced one book, now slowly write another. My father is 90, and last summer he married for the 3rd time. He divorced my mother who died younger than me, then 2nd wife died about 9 years ago and he was heart broken, and now he's found another. I admire him. So a book seems like a good thing.
    Gassho
    sat/ lah
    Tai Shi
    I SAY whatever tastes sweet to the most perfect person, that is finally right. Walt Whitman 1860 Leaves of Grass.

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