3/20 - Branching Streams: 6th Talk - Boat Is Always Moving

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39270

    #16
    Re: 3/20 - Branching Streams: 6th Talk - Boat Is Always Moving

    Originally posted by Kevin
    So, as I'm sitting here typing this message, trying to concentrate on what I'm feeling and to translate that feeling into words, I, my computer, my office, my feelings, my mind working, and the words I hear in my head are all a part of something whole which would not be whole without any of those things. And, when I get an email from work with some task for me to complete, and that email distracts me, and irritation arises, and the sound of my kids watching TV too loud and banging around upstairs distracts me, and irritation arises, the chime of that arriving email, my kids, the sound of the TV, the sound of the banging, my own mind which constructs distraction and irritation, all are a part of something whole which would not be whole without any of those things. And that something whole would be whole with or without any of those things, and it will still be whole one millisecond later when conditions have changed. And while all of those things are interdependent, as the irritation is dependent on the distraction which is dependent on the sound of the arriving email which is dependent on the person who sent the email etc etc, yet these things are all a part of something whole which includes everything, indeed IS everything?

    As I was standing in my kitchen eating a bowl of cinnamon applesauce staring at the counter and the barstools and the pergo floor, thinking "How is this barstool me?", a dropping of thinking and a widening of awareness led to a view of that single moment where me standing there in my kitchen eating a bowl of cinnamon applesauce staring at the counter and the barstools and the pergo floor was one complete unhindered whole that contained all elements, and my conception of "me" was just another barstool, so to speak, and the reality was the totality of everything at once, outside of time or place or frame of reference.

    ?

    Gassho,
    Kevin
    YES! You are quick. WONDERFUL! I am going to read that again and again and savor it!

    I think you've tasted something there, standing on the pergo floor ... that you are pergo, and there is just pergo!

    Yes, that is pretty much what the book is about.

    Gassho, Jundo

    PS - I had to google "pergo" to find out it is a tile company. They have this little film, which is pretty Zenny if you watch with the sound off ...

    http://na.pergo.com/default.aspx
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • BrianW
      Member
      • Oct 2008
      • 511

      #17
      Re: 3/20 - Branching Streams: 6th Talk - Boat Is Always Moving

      Hi Jundo,
      Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading the post on your manuscript. The tree example worked particularly well for me personally, but I found the entire post to be of value and I encourage you to publish. Although I did not have the strong response that Kevin had, I do note that during zazen I sometimes drift into this sense of “not one, not two”. Perhaps one of theses examples might make a nice Sit-a-Long? Hope to read the book soon!
      Gassho,
      BrianW

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      • Shogen
        Member
        • Dec 2008
        • 301

        #18
        Re: 3/20 - Branching Streams: 6th Talk - Boat Is Always Moving

        Hi Kevin
        I just wanted to let you know that your post was a truly "artistic" presentation of observation and feelings, translated by clarifying words, picture framed, and hung on the Treeleaf wall for all to enjoy and absorb.
        I saw it as the Selfless Observation ( body and mind dropped) of a perfect moment in the continuum of perfect moments and then, the Self was merged within that perfect moment. The Universe is expressing itself in each perfect moment but,for our mind's desires would be perfectly obvious.
        Thank you for the post! Zak

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