SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39450

    SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

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    Last year I spoke about the little girl that my wife and I have been trying to adopt from China for five years to no avail, caught in red tape and creeping bureaucracy. She is just a name to us, a shadow, an empty child's room that has gathered dust. Our little son always asks for his absent sister, year after year. Now, after much pushing through obstacles, wrangling with regulations, negotiating, simple waiting (there are so many families in like position, and we did not want to push ahead of others, so waited our turn like everyone else), procedures and endless forms, this year's earthquake and adventures, adoption and immigration lawyers and legal fees to fix the tangled legal snafu, there is a good chance (too soon to be sure yet) that she will come to us by the end of this year!!


    If all goes forward (we'll see), 51 year old me is gonna be daddy to a 1 year old! :shock:


    Some things in life are WORTH PROTESTING FOR, SHOUTING FOR, FIGHTING FOR ... WITHOUT VIOLENCE OR ANGER, OF COURSE! Be it a wrong to right, a war to stop, an injustice to prevent, a disease to cure ... it is okay to take to the streets (like those monks in Burma did), fight the good fight ... if peacefully.

    Yet today's passage from the Xin Xin Ming tells us:


    If you wish to see the truth
    then hold no opinions for or against anything.
    To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
    When the deep meaning of things is not understood
    the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.



    Having no opinions, no for or against ... yet standing up for what's right? Sounds like a great contradiction! These need not be in the least! Opinions with equanimity, pushing forward with no place to get, protest hand-in-hand with total acceptance! RESISTING FREE OF ALL RESISTANCE! Of course, one has to be careful ... for those cluttered boxes of adoption documents in the scene below could stand for the clutter of the mind that can result in trying times! Always know that white, clean, pristine space that holds all that and shines through all!


    Seen with a Buddha's eye ... there is no contradiction at all.



    Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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    Last edited by Jundo; 04-26-2016, 01:06 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Dosho
    Member
    • Jun 2008
    • 5784

    #2
    Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

    Jundo,

    This is wonderful news that brings a tear to my eye!

    And, yes, you have said these things many times before. And clearly I still need to hear them again and again!

    Thank you for this teaching and all my best hopes for the adoption process.

    Gassho,
    Dosho

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    • Dokan
      Friend of Treeleaf
      • Dec 2010
      • 1222

      #3
      Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

      Thank you again Jundo.

      Just two days ago I was chanting metta and inverted a couple of the lines. No harm done. But then it reminded me of the zazenkai a few weeks or so ago where you and Mina had received some news about the adoption. I had a heavy heart and then added you two to my metta. I am so happy to hear things are moving forward for you guys and am so thankful for this teaching.

      Happy & Hopeful,

      Gassho,

      Shawn

      PS - Posted to podcast. Should show up in iTunes shortly.
      We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
      ~Anaïs Nin

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      • Myozan Kodo
        Friend of Treeleaf
        • May 2010
        • 1901

        #4
        Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

        Jundo,
        Fingers crossed for you and your family.
        Gassho
        Soen

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        • Engyo
          Member
          • Aug 2010
          • 356

          #5
          Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

          Effortless in mind; vigorous in movement.
          ...and Jizo in your heart.
          Gassho,

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          • Geika
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Jan 2010
            • 4980

            #6
            Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

            Originally posted by Jundo
            ...there is a good chance (too soon to be sure yet) that she will come to us by the end of this year!!
            I will pray that it all works out. Such trying should be rewarded, especially for such a good thing. Sometimes, these things don't work out, and there seems to be no justice in the universe... but then there are other times when things work out so well you could swear something was helping you out. I hope the latter is your case.


            Originally posted by Jundo
            51 year old me is gonna be daddy to a 1 year old! :shock:
            8) No big deal... 8) My uncle and his wife are about to have a baby, and his youngest is seventeen! Life rolls along... :arrow:

            Very helpful talk for me, thank you and Gassho. I had the best sit in a long time after that.

            Amelia
            求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
            I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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            • Kaishin
              Member
              • Dec 2010
              • 2322

              #7
              Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

              That is great news, Jundo! Never too old to be a parent to a child in need, and certainly not uncommon these days with "Modern Families." Heck, my wife has a brother 25 years her junior!
              Thanks,
              Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
              Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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              • andyZ
                Member
                • Aug 2011
                • 303

                #8
                Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                Thank you Jundo for this talk. In the beginning of my Zen practice this question of "why bother if everything is already perfect" was really bugging me. It still does sometimes, but not as often. You just get up and do it.
                Gassho,
                Andy

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                • Kyonin
                  Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                  • Oct 2010
                  • 6742

                  #9
                  Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                  Those are wonderful news, Jundo! I hope with all my heart that your family grows soon!

                  Thank you for this teaching. It really means a lot.
                  Hondō Kyōnin
                  奔道 協忍

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                  • Nenka
                    Member
                    • Aug 2010
                    • 1238

                    #10
                    Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                    Good news at last!

                    Hope it works out for you & your family!

                    Gassho

                    Jen

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                    • ChrisA
                      Member
                      • Jun 2011
                      • 312

                      #11
                      Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                      You may have said it one hundred times, but I heard it as if for the first time thanks to your sharing your family's struggle with us. Gassho for that and best of luck in -- I hope! -- the home stretch.
                      Chris Seishi Amirault
                      (ZenPedestrian)

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                      • murasaki
                        Member
                        • Mar 2009
                        • 473

                        #12
                        Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                        Thank you, Jundo, and congratulations! I hope the rest of it goes smoothly for you (in addition to your looking at it already as going smoothly )

                        I look forward to sending her a very welcoming "n? h?o" :mrgreen:

                        gassho
                        Julia
                        "The Girl Dragon Demon", the random Buddhist name generator calls me....you have been warned.

                        Feed your good wolf.

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                        • Ekai
                          Member
                          • Feb 2011
                          • 664

                          #13
                          Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                          I hope the adoption works out for you and your family so all of you can enjoy a bright, young child.

                          Thanks,
                          Jodi

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                          • Heisoku
                            Member
                            • Jun 2010
                            • 1338

                            #14
                            Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                            As my mum used to say 'Where there's a will, there's a way' and as you say 'without anger'. A great lesson Jundo and we are all willing you your way! ( I think the Chinese call it Yi)
                            Heartfelt best wishes for your family.

                            Gassho.
                            Heisoku 平 息
                            Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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                            • Myoku
                              Member
                              • Jul 2010
                              • 1487

                              #15
                              Re: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Xin Xin Ming - (II)

                              Having no preferences, accepting things as they are. When we see the world as it truly is, compassion arises naturally, and with compassion our action comes out of the requirements of every moment. So even without preferences and opinions we not just keep sitting under the tree. I believe
                              _()_
                              Peter

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