Grass Hut - 39 (CLOSING) - "Here and Now"

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39271

    Grass Hut - 39 (CLOSING) - "Here and Now"

    Dear All,

    We come to the end of "Inside the Grass Hut" with Chapter 32, "Here and Now / Don't Separate from this Skin Bag Here and Now" ...

    I appreciated the words, "Moments of discomfort are precisely when the mind will want to take us away - into some idea of how things should be, how we can make them the way we want, or why things are all wrong. We find peace not by going away from our suffering but by completely offering ourselves to what is."

    And agreement or disagreement or resonance with such a view?

    Anything more you come away with from this book?

    I would like to thank again Ben Connelly for this marvelous book. If you would like to revisit our Zazenkai with Ben, it is here ...

    Our Special "Grass Hut" Zazenkai & Talk with Ben Connelly
    THIS IS THE MAIN PAGE FOR THE EVENT WELCOME to our special "Grass Hut" Zazenkai guided by Ben Connelly ... The festivities are expected to last about 90 minutes to 2 hours, and will begin at 11pm Japan time Sunday (that is New York 10am, Minnesota 9am, Los Angeles 7am, London 3pm and Paris 4pm, all Sunday

    A reMINDer that, in a week or so, we will return to the Koans of the Book of Equanimity, reading the wonderful "this worldly" commentary by Shishin Wick. We worked with the book last year and will come back. The book is available for purchase here, which is a good thing to do ...

    Until you receive the book, it is also available in portions here ...

    The Book of Equanimity contains the first-ever complete English language commentary on one of the most beloved classic collections of Zen teaching stories (koans), making them vividly relevant to spiritual seekers and Zen students in the twenty-first century. Continually emphasizing koans as effective tools to discover and experience the deepest truths of our being, Wick brings the art of the koan to life for those who want to practice wisdom in their daily lives.The koan collection Wick explores here is highly esteemed as both literature and training material in the Zen tradition, in which koan-study is one of two paths a practitioner might take. This collection is used for training in many Zen centers in the Americas and in Europe but has never before been available with commentary from a contemporary Zen master. Wick's Book of Equanimity includes new translations of the preface, main case and verse for each koan, and modern commentaries on the koans by Wick himself.

    All of the Koans, but without Shishin's commentary, are available here ...

    For those new to Koans, some tips on reading the book can be found here ...

    Dear All, Well, the moment has come to begin our reflecting, dancing, living the 100 Koans of the Book of Equanimity ... We are going to try a great experiment, seeing how these Koans may be brought to life in our lives ... feeling how each resonates in our heart, and the Wisdom each carves into our bones. At the core

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Last edited by Jundo; 11-04-2021, 03:34 AM.
  • Rick
    • Aug 2013
    • 38

    I just bought the Book of Equanimity for my Kindle five minutes ago. Although I feel I am doing reasonably well with my sitting practice (I moved up to 50 minutes per day from 30 minutes a few weeks ago), I struggle to find - or rather make - the time to come here to the forum regularly. This will be a good way to ensure that I come here at least a couple of times per week.

    Sat Today


    • Jeremy

      Now we've got to the end of The Grass Hut, it's fascinating to read through Shitou's song again.

      It's a great book and it was a huge pleasure to go through it with you all
      The highlight for me was going off on a diversion with the Hua Yen dudes - really interesting!

      step lightly... stay free...


      • Getchi
        • May 2015
        • 612

        Thankyou Jundo and everyone who posted on this book.

        I feel ive come away with an enormous gift, one that perhaps is worthless. The goal of our practice is in not attaining, and one who has completed teh insight gains nothing but instead loses everything.

        Buddhist practice is about kindness, compassion and introspective wisdom. The nature of self is evident, and so is teh universiality of human emotion. This skinbag is my only home, and while it is made of cut grass, it will soon be covered with weeds. When tired, ill endevour to rest, and when hungry - to sleep. At no pint will i attempt to "know" anything.

        Fantasy is delusion, and all the gods can attest to that. Does that mean its not real? Not to me, it just means we are asking a new puppy to perform some advanced tricks - go easy on it one day it will make you proud.

        Thats what I have got from this book anyway, and again thankyou all so very, very much

        Nothing to do? Why not Sit?


        • Risho
          • May 2010
          • 3179

          Like others here, I absolutely love this book; it's one of my favorites. Don't separate, live here, nit in your mind. I've been reading "Opening the Hand of Thought" again and theres a chapter that echoes this point. We often live in our minds regretting a past that wasn't exactly how we remember, worrying if we are good enough. But if we do not separate, we see that instead of regretting, we can live and be thankful for all that we have.

          This life is a gift. This practice helps us realize it.




          • AlanLa
            • Mar 2008
            • 1405

            This skin bag is nothing but a grass hut dwarfed by a mountain that sits beside a river, and I am that mountain and river

            A wonderful poem, and a wonderful book about that poem

            AL (Jigen) in:

            I sat today


            • Tb
              • Jan 2008
              • 3186


              Thank you Shitou for the poem, Ben Connely for writing the Marie-Lousie book, Jundo for bringing it here, and everyone for participating!

              Truly wonderful phrase Jundo brought forth out of the book, so true and the poem and book really brought a smile into My life.


              Life is our temple and its all good practice


              • Shinzan
                • Nov 2013
                • 338

                I have this poem hanging in my kitchen, a constant reminder to remember.
                Very nourishing.
                _/st\_ Shinzan


                • Mp

                  Originally posted by Shinzan
                  I have this poem hanging in my kitchen, a constant reminder to remember.
                  Very nourishing.
                  _/st\_ Shinzan
                  You too ... I have a print out on my bathroom mirror. =)