(ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39450

    (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

    Hi,

    Awhile back, I reminded our Treeleaf Ango-ers that there are no mistakes in Ango, no way that life can intervene, that obstacles are just "opportunities for Practice" ...

    ... that ALL OF LIFE IS PRACTICE!

    viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4230

    However, I certainly did not mean that one could just do the parts of Practice that one likes or is moved by, skipping the rest. I did not mean that, just because there are "no mistakes", such was an excuse to be careless or slack, being forgetful, just practicing whenever and however in hell we want! Although "life can NEVER intervene, and ALL of life is Practice" (yes, even how we play video games and how we watch TV), that does not mean we can just let life intervene, and consider that watching TV or playing a video game is the same as Practice and Zazen! To do so is to miss the central part of this practice ... dropping resistance to our aversions and attractions, dropping attachments and renouncing those things we hunger for ... dropping anger and other excess or otherwise harmful emotions ... finding balance in life neither too loose nor too tight, moving forward with diligence and sincerity and energy ... even as there is No Place to Go! In this Middle Way beyond "right and wrong" "easy and hard" "doing and non-doing" ...

    ... nonetheless, ONE CAN DO ANGO WRONG! :twisted:

    One can be too loose in this Practice, just as one can be too tight! One can run toward or away from what we like or dislike and resist, forgetting that this is a Practice founded upon dropping all "likes and dislikes" and resistance! Remember this week's portion of the Xin Xin Ming ... neither hard or easy ... neither fearful, slack and irresolute nor charging forward ...

    To live in the Great Way
    is neither easy nor difficult,
    but those with limited views
    are fearful and irresolute:
    the faster they hurry, the slower they go.


    Ours is the 'Middle Way' ... but that does not mean any namby pamby, fence sitting, half hearted way that's middling, making do, mediocre and muddling through!

    I often repeat the story of Buddha, Sona and the Lute Strings ...


    [The Buddha said], "Sona, you were a musician and you used to play the lute. Tell me, Sona, did you produce good music when the lute string was well tuned, neither too tight nor too loose?"

    "I was able to produce good music, Lord," replied Sona.

    "What happened when the strings were too tightly wound up?"

    "I could not produce any music, Lord," said Sona.

    "What happened when the strings were too slack?"

    "I could not produce any music at all, Lord," replied Sona

    "Sona ... You have been straining too hard in your meditation. Do it in a relaxed way, but without being slack. Try it again and you will experience the good result."

    Fortunately, in this way of ever new beginnings in each moment ... ONE CAN EVER BEGIN RIGHT FROM HERE!



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    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Seiryu
    Member
    • Sep 2010
    • 620

    #2
    Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

    "That is all"
    A "That's all folks" moment.

    When I am caught up in my thinking of how I think things should be, Ango is a royal pain in everyone in my house's place that the sun don't shine.

    Yet, putting aside concepts and thoughts, not trying to force things to fall into the way I think they have to be, one finds that practice is life itself. Sorry for the cliche but it is true. When one can fully trust their practice, essentailly meaning to fully trust themselves, one can never be too loose. Because in that trusting, is our practice. Moving thorough out life with great awareness and attentiveness, is our practice. Not trying to force a practice, but to practice with whatever comes up is practice.

    ??
    Humbly,
    清竜 Seiryu

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    • Kaishin
      Member
      • Dec 2010
      • 2322

      #3
      Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

      Originally posted by Jundo
      that this is a Practice founded upon dropping all "likes and dislikes" and resistance!
      An important reminder... this is exactly the wake-up call I needed...

      _/_ _/_ _/_
      Thanks,
      Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
      Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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      • Kyonin
        Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
        • Oct 2010
        • 6742

        #4
        Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

        An important reminder indeed.

        Thank you, Jundo.
        Hondō Kyōnin
        奔道 協忍

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        • Myoku
          Member
          • Jul 2010
          • 1487

          #5
          Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

          _()_
          Peter

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          • Hoyu
            Member
            • Nov 2010
            • 2020

            #6
            Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

            Perhaps some missed this message from the last urgent Ango caution, but it was surly there. You made it clear then and it is reaffirming to hear it again with even more emphasis this time around! Thank you for the reminder _/_
            Ho (Dharma)
            Yu (Hot Water)

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            • Hogen
              Member
              • Oct 2009
              • 261

              #7
              Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

              Have we been keisaku'd? Yes, we have! :P
              Hogen
              法眼

              #SatToday

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              • Nenka
                Member
                • Aug 2010
                • 1238

                #8
                Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                Awesome. You should wave the keisaku at us more often! Or a wet noodle. Or that scary exercise thing! :shock:

                Gassho

                Jen

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                • Hoyu
                  Member
                  • Nov 2010
                  • 2020

                  #9
                  Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                  Originally posted by Jennifer G P
                  Or that scary exercise thing! :shock:

                  Gassho

                  Jen
                  :lol:
                  That spring certainly looks like it could be murder on the chest hairs if your not careful!

                  Gassho,
                  John
                  Ho (Dharma)
                  Yu (Hot Water)

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                  • Shohei
                    Member
                    • Oct 2007
                    • 2854

                    #10
                    Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                    Noodle whacks received,

                    Understood!

                    Gassho
                    Shohei

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                    • Dokan
                      Friend of Treeleaf
                      • Dec 2010
                      • 1222

                      #11
                      Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                      Ango is as ango does...

                      g

                      s

                      PS - Posted to Podcast.
                      We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
                      ~Anaïs Nin

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                      • Ray
                        Member
                        • Oct 2011
                        • 82

                        #12
                        Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                        Gassho

                        Ray

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                        • Risho
                          Member
                          • May 2010
                          • 3179

                          #13
                          Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                          Thank you... I definitely deserve it. Most of the time, when I say I don't have time, I usually mean that I'd rather do something else.

                          Gassho,

                          Risho
                          Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                          • Geika
                            Treeleaf Unsui
                            • Jan 2010
                            • 4980

                            #14
                            Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                            Thank you, Jundo.

                            Gassho,

                            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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                            • KellyRok
                              Member
                              • Jul 2008
                              • 1374

                              #15
                              Re: (ANOTHER) URGENT ANGO CAUTION! : Too Loose !!!

                              No words, just....

                              _/_

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