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Dealing with Situations

November 12, 2014
by Master Ta Hui, translated by Thomas Cleary To Secretary Lau: Since we parted, I don’t know whether or not you can avoid being carried away by external objects in your daily activities as you respond to circumstances, whether or not you can put aside your heap of legal documents as you look through them, whether or not you can act freely when you meet with people, whether or not you engage in vain thinking when you’re where it’s peaceful and quiet, whether or not you are thoroughly investigating This Matter without any distracted thoughts. Continue reading “Dealing with Situations” »
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Transformation at the Heart Level

November 12, 2014
by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei Dhritaka Transmission of the Light, Case 6 Main Case The fifth ancestor, Dhritaka, said, “Because one who makes his home departure is a selfless Self, is selfless and possesses nothing, and because the Mind neither arises nor ceases, this is the eternal Way. All Buddhas are also eternal. The mind has no form and its essence is the same.” Upagupta said,“You must become thoroughly awakened and realize it with your own mind.” Dhritaka was greatly awakened. Continue reading “Transformation at the Heart Level” »
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Your Mountain Form Finds its Seat

November 4, 2014
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei from Master Dogen’s Fukanzazengi The way is originally perfect and all pervading. How could it be contingent upon practice and realization? The true vehicle is selfsufficient. What need is there for special effort? Indeed, the whole body is free from dust. Who could believe in a means to brush it clean? It is never apart from this very place; what is the use of traveling around to practice? And yet, if there is a hairsbreadth deviation, it is like the gap between heaven and earth. If the least like or dislike arises, the mind is...
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Sangha Reflections: On Wildness

August 1, 2014
AS A KID I TRIED TO IMAGINE the rural landscapes around me without telephone poles and electric wires—how the rivers and hills might have looked to the Native Americans or the first European settlers or the deer and raccoons. Even then I was yearning for wilderness and an unobstructed aliveness. Drawn to Buddhism through Daido Roshi’s teachings of sacred wild, it wasn’t enlightenment I was seeking so much as a fuller, more awake intimacy with the natural world and myself within it. Continue reading “Sangha Reflections: On Wildness” »
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Plum Blossoms

August 1, 2014
by Eihei Dogen, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi Rujing, my late master, Old Buddha Tiantong, was the thirtieth abbot of the Tiantong Jingde Monastery, renowned Mount Taibai, Qingyuan Prefecture, Great Song. He ascended the teaching seat and said to the assembly: Continue reading “Plum Blossoms” »
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To Know Living Things

August 1, 2014
From the journals of Thomas Merton Yesterday I was sitting in the woodshed reading and a little Carolina wren suddenly hopped on to my shoulder and then on to the corner of the book I was read- ing and paused a second to take a look at me before flying away. Same wren just came back and is singing and investigating busily in the blocks of the wall over there. Here is what I think. Man can know all about God’s creation by examining its phenomena, by dissecting and experimenting and this is all good. But it is misleading, because...
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Meeting Machig Labdron

August 1, 2014
by Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei Right now you have the opportunity. Look for the essence of mind—this is meaningful. When you look at mind, there is nothing to be seen. In this very not-seeing, you see the definitive meaning. —Machig Labdron A few years ago I was leafing through a magazine and came eye-to-eye with a young Tibetan woman, an infant swaddled to her back. Continue reading “Meeting Machig Labdron” »
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Natural, Vivid, Alive

July 1, 2014
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Ordinary Mind is Tao Gateless Gate, Case 19 Main Case Chao-chou once asked Nanchuan, “What is Tao?” Nanchuan answered, “Ordinary mind is Tao.” “Then should we direct ourselves toward it or not?” asked Chao-chou. “If you try to direct yourself toward it, you go away from it,” answered Nanchuan. Chao-chou continued, “If we do not try, how can we know that it is Tao?” Nanchuan replied, “Tao does not belong to knowing or not-knowing. Knowing is illusion; not-knowing is blankness. If you really attain to Tao of no-doubt, it is like the great void, so...
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Sacred Wildness

July 1, 2014
by John Daido Loori Roshi The river never speaks, yet it knows how brilliance. When you neither let go nor hold to find its way to the Great Ocean. The mountains have no words, yet the ten thousand things are born here. Where the river finds its way, you can perceive the essence. Where the mountain gives birth to the ten thousand things, you can realize the action. When the mind moves, images appear. Even if the mind does not move, this is not yet true freedom. You must first take off the blinders and set down the pack if you...
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The Holy Spirit as Wild Spirit

July 1, 2014
by Matthew Fox Life is wild. Life is a wild ride, a ride between the highs and the lows, the mountains and the valleys, the via positiva and the via negativa. Nature is wild. We come from the wild—from the surging seas of the ocean, from the heat-blasting, hydrogen-exploding sun, from the supernovas bursting, from galaxies expanding, from the cooking fireball: We are made of wild stuff. Carbon, oxygen, sulphur, magnesium—we are very, very combustible. There is fire inside of us as well as water. There is revolution as well as peace. There is the familiar, and there is the shockingly...
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