8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39460

    8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

    60 years in the womb, yet never born.

    3 years study and sitting without sleep, yet nothing to attain.

    Cook from p. 72, Hixon from p. 72
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Seishin the Elder
    Member
    • Oct 2009
    • 521

    #2
    Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

    Whew! What a relief. When Parshva enters monastic life at age 60 he is mocked by everyone and told that he is too old to learn anything, too old for the rigors of the life. As I finally rounded the corner and felt compelled to formally practice Buddhism I was met by these same people. "Oh, just be happy with what you have", "Why do you wany to start something new at this late stage?", "There's no way they'll let such an old man take vows."

    I think that Master Parshva will now become my own special personal favorite. It ain't over til it's over! and neither am I.

    Gassho,

    Seishin Kyrill
    Benedictine&Chan Monk

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    • Shogen
      Member
      • Dec 2008
      • 301

      #3
      Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

      A little old, a little dense, alittle fat, a little black, a little red, or a little yellow you are the " WAY RIGHT NOW." No one can take that away even nay sayers. Keep on keepin on! Gassho zak

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      • Shohei
        Member
        • Oct 2007
        • 2854

        #4
        Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

        Sincere and humble effort, diligence and patience in practice at 9 or 90 (or 140!) Its never too late!
        As Master Keizan says "Everyone with out exception is a vessel of the Dharma, everyday is a good day"
        Parshva awakens by embodying the scrolls,teachings and sutras despite much adversity.

        fitting all days and especially on this start of Ango period! no?

        Gassho
        Shohei

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        • Taylor
          Member
          • May 2010
          • 388

          #5
          Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

          Awakening: the glass house is shattered and we finally see there was no looking "out" to begin with. Right? Not always so.

          No earth shattering awakening, no flowers, no light, no shock; it is just as if Parshva woke up from a nap any other day. The one that he never takes, that is. Buddha doesn't sleep even when we sleep. But still it sleeps with us. More intimate than pillows, lovers, sheets, flesh, bone. You give it a good morning kiss or nod even without trying. Still, to use a fan properly we have to move our wrists now and then.

          I like this guy, humble but confident. Willing to give nay sayers a smile and leave the hooks to hang as they may like wind chimes rather than traps. Even when surrounded by doubters, uncertainty, sadness, everyday is a good day.

          Enough on this now from me, too many considerations on the concrete and the absolute, what one means over the other blah blah blah... better to throw both sticks in the fire and just enjoy the warmth!

          Gassho,
          Taylor
          Gassho,
          Myoken
          [url:r05q3pze]http://staresatwalls.blogspot.com/[/url:r05q3pze]

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          • Myoku
            Member
            • Jul 2010
            • 1487

            #6
            Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

            60 year, 140 years, what age I am right now ?

            "Dont you realize that although we are born, there is no place to come from, and though we die and depart, there is no place to go do"

            I have to do some zazen over this...
            _()_
            Peter

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            • AlanLa
              Member
              • Mar 2008
              • 1405

              #7
              Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

              Dropping all that old/young stuff, diligence in the Way will pay off eventually. Just gotta "keep on truckin'" as they (I) used to say.

              AL (Jigen) in:
              Faith/Trust
              Courage/Love
              Awareness/Action!

              I sat today

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              • Rich
                Member
                • Apr 2009
                • 2602

                #8
                Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                Being an old timer I have complete admiration and respect for Parshva, but not sleeping for three years seems like a bit of exageration.

                "Every day is a good day for non-duality"

                /Rich
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                Rich
                MUHYO
                無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

                https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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                • Hogo
                  Member
                  • Feb 2010
                  • 497

                  #9
                  Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                  This evenings reading sat well with me, a few lines in particular.
                  From Cook:
                  "When you emit this light from your eyes, you adorn the world with color and forms, and when you emit this light from your ears, you hear the sounds of things that are Buddha. Emitting light from our hands, we change ourselves and others;emitting light from our feet, we advance and withdraw."

                  From Hixon:
                  "The Suttra of Birthlessness is the completeness of life. Anyone can say these words. They must become our life-breath. We must speak as we breath, not out of distraction but to live. For all beings to live."

                  I have no idea why these lines struck me, nor do I care to try and figure it out.
                  Gassho
                  ~ Dave

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                  • Taigu
                    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                    • Aug 2008
                    • 2710

                    #10
                    Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                    Once we penetrate the nondual, everything becomes sutra, a speck of dust, a fleeting light, mud and shadows as well as big poetic-living-majestic things like mountains and rivers, and cars, wheels, tarmac and ...
                    Once we penetrate the nondual with an unborn nondual body-mind, this very life has a great taste and we can count: 1,2,3,4,5
                    Things and people, they all return to where they come from and never really left ( just in dreams).

                    Welcome!


                    gassho


                    Taigu

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                    • Jinyu
                      Member
                      • May 2009
                      • 768

                      #11
                      Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                      Hi everyone!
                      Originally posted by Taigu
                      Once we penetrate the nondual, everything becomes sutra, a speck of dust, a fleeting light, mud and shadows as well as big poetic-living-majestic things like mountains and rivers, and cars, wheels, tarmac and ...
                      Once we penetrate the nondual with an unborn nondual body-mind, this very life has a great taste and we can count: 1,2,3,4,5
                      Things and people, they all return to where they come from and never really left ( just in dreams).
                      What to say after that?... he just summarized the all thing :twisted:
                      It is true that when I first read about "genuine Mahayana sutras" I said to myself: what? But Keizan explanation is beautiful, genuine Mahayana sutras express complete truth, and as Taigu said so well, everything then become sutras. What a lovely way to ask us to go further than the "ordinary explanations". Further than the ordinary explanation of "reading sutras" and also further than the ordinary explanation of "birth and death", lovely really! I probably need to sit with it!

                      Anyway, he also gave us good advices for our Ango! Practice diligently, forget fatigue but of course Ango is not a competition against our fellows, no need to "surpass" them than. But it is still an important statement. If we look closer.
                      Surpassing others doesn't mean that we depreciate them. In his example Keizan is talking about a patriarch that surpass other because of his talent and dedication but also because others weren't practicing as they should! It can mean surpass other's practices, surpass your own desires (to be confortable, to escape from pain, ...), in a way, surpass yourself... Well, I'm not sure about that, but that's what comes to my silly mind!

                      gassho,
                      Luis/Jinyu
                      Jinyu aka Luis aka Silly guy from Brussels

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                      • monkton
                        Member
                        • Feb 2009
                        • 111

                        #12
                        Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                        This transmission pushes and pulls.
                        >>>It doesn't matter at what age you start studying>>> BUT on the other hand, BUT on the other hand, , BUT (and maybe this is Keizan's hint) [size=150]

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                        • Tb
                          Member
                          • Jan 2008
                          • 3186

                          #13
                          Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                          Hi.

                          From Keizan's poem
                          Born here, dying there - nothing but chapters and phrases.
                          How fitting...
                          How true...
                          Once you see it for what it is, a book is nothing but chapters and phrases.
                          But where do you come in?

                          Mtfbw
                          Fugen
                          Life is our temple and its all good practice
                          Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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                          • Myozan Kodo
                            Friend of Treeleaf
                            • May 2010
                            • 1901

                            #14
                            Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                            When the novelist John McGahern was asked how to write a book, he advised to “attend to each sentence”.

                            Likewise, the novelist Colm Toibin once said a novel is nothing more than a thousand details.

                            This, if you ask me, is great wisdom. The great tapestry of infinity is nothing more than the present moment (attend to your sentences! Forget the great book!), and the great sutra is written in our very own flesh and blood in the here and now.

                            Parshva appears to have attended to each sentence. It’s the same teaching as attending to each breath.

                            The beauty of what Parshva teaches us is that it is never too late to learn this: even our very last breath isn’t too late!

                            Jundo and Taigu: thank you for the opportunity to read these texts.

                            Gassho,

                            Soen

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                            • Shogen
                              Member
                              • Dec 2008
                              • 301

                              #15
                              Re: 8/27 TRANSMISSION of the LIGHT: to Parshva

                              Originally posted by soendoshin
                              When the novelist John McGahern was asked how to write a book, he advised to “attend to each sentence”.

                              Likewise, the novelist Colm Toibin once said a novel is nothing more than a thousand details.

                              This, if you ask me, is great wisdom. The great tapestry of infinity is nothing more than the present moment (attend to your sentences! Forget the great book!), and the great sutra is written in our very own flesh and blood in the here and now.

                              Parshva appears to have attended to each sentence. It’s the same teaching as attending to each breath.

                              The beauty of what Parshva teaches us is that it is never too late to learn this: even our very last breath isn’t too late!

                              Jundo and Taigu: thank you for the opportunity to read these texts.

                              Gassho,

                              Soen
                              Hi Soen
                              Thanks for this excellent teaching. ATTENTION! Gassho zak

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