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  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    We come to this world a traveler, and nothing more. We temporarily take up residence in this body, and borrow all of our possessions from others.

    Seen from this perspective, the "luggage" of one's life is actually very light and easy to handle.

    But if we immerse ourselves in the pursuit of wealth, fame and pleasure, never seeking a deeper meaning to existence, then we add lead weights to our luggage.

    In a situation of impermanence, desire does not create permanence - only needless difficulty.

    Who checks into a hotel for the night, and then proceeds to renovate the room because it doesn't suit their taste?

    • Householder Fo'en - Approaching Buddhism
    lobsterJeroenDavid
  • DavidDavid A human residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ancestral territory of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Neutral First Nations Veteran

    The moment of your conception is a moment of continuation, of manifesting in another form. If you keep looking you’ll see that instead of birth and death, there’s only continuing, manifestation.

    Thich Nhat Hanh-No Death, No Fear.

    BunksShoshin1
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Jeroen
  • DavidDavid A human residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ancestral territory of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Neutral First Nations Veteran

    "You have to save yourself. No matter how solid I am, I cannot swim for you. You have to hold onto your breathing. Keep your mind calm in the present moment and learn to look deeply to see the value, the miracles of the moment in each of your daily tasks, like washing dishes, cleaning, and gardening. Do not leave the present moment. Do not let yourself become a victim of a situation. Do you hear me?"

    Thay to this students in 1975

    BunksWalker
  • "It is better to master the mind than be mastered by mind"
    ~Chan~

    BunkslobsterWalkerDavid
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    “The Great Way is not difficult
    for those who do not pick and choose.

    When preferences are cast aside
    the Way stands clear and undisguised.
    But even slight distinctions made
    set earth and heaven far apart.

    If you would clearly see the truth,
    discard opinions pro and con.
    To founder in dislike and like
    is nothing but the mind’s disease”

    — Sosan

    David
  • DavidDavid A human residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ancestral territory of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Neutral First Nations Veteran
    edited October 15

    "If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.”

    Master Linji

    lobsterBunks
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited October 16

    Tee Hee!

    Thanks @David 💗

    'Despising' the scarred sacred and venerating the ordinary is also just bobbing. What then to do to go beyond duality?

    Linji advises:

    • If you try to grasp Zen in movement, it goes into stillness. If you try to grasp Zen in stillness, it goes into movement. It is like a fish hidden in a spring, drumming up waves and dancing independently.
    • The moment a student blinks his eye, he's already way off. The moment he tries to think, he's already differed. The moment he arouses a thought, he's already deviated. But for the man who understands, it's always right there before his eyes.
    • If you want to perceive and understand objectively, just don’t allow yourself to be confused by people. Detach from whatever you find inside or outside yourself – detach from religion, tradition, and society, and only then will you attain liberation. When you are not entangled in things, you pass through freely to autonomy.

    ♾ I may have to just sit or just not or just jest … B)
    http://wonderwheels.blogspot.com/2011/01/quotes-for-linjis-memorial-day.html

    Shoshin1JeroenDavid
  • DavidDavid A human residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ancestral territory of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Neutral First Nations Veteran
    edited October 17

    @Lobster;

    Despising' the scarred sacred and venerating the ordinary is also just bobbing. What then to do to go beyond duality?

    There is no difference between the sacred and the ordinary except through personal bias. I don't think we have to live beyond duality to see it for what it is. The mountains and rivers once again are said to be mountains and rivers. Otherwise the Buddha would never have taught. He wouldn't have been able to.

    I find it helpful to try seeing with the insight of Interbeing and looking for the Middle Way between the extremes. Even the extemes of duality and non-duality.

    Reading Master Linjis teachings, I am glad Thay puts his own insights in there when he teaches. He seems a little more... inclusive and insightful in many ways. For instance Master Linji always uses "He" and "man" when talking about any students or teachers while Thay recognises and welcomes our feminine perspective as easy as the masculine.

    Oh well. Just a personal observation but it is nice to see us grow.

    "Around us, life bursts forth with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.

    Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there."

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    WalkerJeroenShoshin1
  • DavidDavid A human residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ancestral territory of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Neutral First Nations Veteran

    "When you wake up and you see that the Earth is not just the environment, the Earth is us, you touch the nature of interbeing. And at that moment you can have real communication with the Earth."
    -Thích Nhất Hạnh

    WalkerBunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Shoshin1Jeroen
  • "Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know."
    ~Pema Chödrön~

    lobsterBunks
  • "When the intellect ventures into where it does not belong, it becomes lost in its own confusion"

    ~Quote from Christmas Humphreys's book Zen Buddhism~

    WalkerBunks
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