The End of Suffering

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  • Saijun
    Member
    • Jul 2010
    • 667

    The End of Suffering

    ...sometimes (like today), for me, it's as simple as making a cup of tea. It's a beautiful afternoon ritual; clean cup, tea leaves, hot water, stir. Steep, strain, drink, breathe.

    Ahhhhh.

    Then back to work, answer phones, help customers, fix problems, more phones, answer emails, talk to boss, close down, go home.

    Sometimes I don't like to admit (even to myself) how far off balance I can get over the course of the day. But all it takes to remind me is the night-and-day difference between Saijun before afternoon tea and Saijun after afternoon tea.

    Metta,

    Wobbly Saijun
    To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB
  • Taigu
    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
    • Aug 2008
    • 2710

    #2
    Re: The End of Suffering

    We all do , Saijun. What I just noticed after years of practice is that I don't linger too long in this. I get out of it rather fast.
    We care less and less and therefore find the ability to come back home more quickly.
    The end of suffering is a bit like the core of the flame. Right in the middle of confusion, pain, distress there is a very balanced space. The eye of the hurricane. The centre of the wheel. It tuns and spins, but the centre is motionless.

    gassho

    Taigu

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    • Risho
      Member
      • May 2010
      • 3179

      #3
      Re: The End of Suffering

      I get out of balance a lot. I tend to let the day swing me around quite a bit.
      Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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      • Hoyu
        Member
        • Nov 2010
        • 2020

        #4
        Re: The End of Suffering

        for me, it's as simple as making a cup of tea. It's a beautiful afternoon ritual; clean cup, tea leaves, hot water, stir. Steep, strain, drink, breathe.
        Hi Saijun,
        Your ritual is music to my ears! It is most wonderful that this simple beverage can have such a profound affect on our mind and body. That's the easy part.
        Then back to work, answer phones
        The hard part it to know that tea cup and telephone are no different and can be handled with the same reverence. Make even a ritual out of picking up the phone. This is the aim of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It's principals encompass all mannerisms of life inside and outside of the tea room.

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

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        • Myoku
          Member
          • Jul 2010
          • 1487

          #5
          Re: The End of Suffering

          I loose the path a hundred times a day,
          I sometimes notice it when going to bed,
          having lost the way for half of the day,
          having a tea ... ahhhh
          _()_
          Peter

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          • Engyo
            Member
            • Aug 2010
            • 356

            #6
            Re: The End of Suffering

            With nothing to attain, what is this “loss” of which we speak?
            ...and who is this “I” dragging it to and fro?
            The path is still in the mind where you blazed it.
            Where else could it go?
            ...now enjoying a good cup of Bodhidharma's eyelids and lashes, that's another matter altogether. Vast holiness; nothing empty. :lol:
            Gassho,
            Engyo

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            • Hoyu
              Member
              • Nov 2010
              • 2020

              #7
              Re: The End of Suffering

              Engyo wrote:
              now enjoying a good cup of Bodhidharma's eyelids and lashes, that's another matter altogether. Vast holiness; nothing empty
              I enjoy the legend of the bodhidharma and tea _/_

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

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              • Myozan Kodo
                Friend of Treeleaf
                • May 2010
                • 1901

                #8
                Re: The End of Suffering

                Thanks for this.

                Every day it strikes me that this practice is endless.

                That's fine.

                Gassho,
                Soen

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                • Saijun
                  Member
                  • Jul 2010
                  • 667

                  #9
                  Re: The End of Suffering

                  Originally posted by Engyo
                  ...nothing empty. :lol:
                  ...except my cup :|

                  Metta,

                  Saijun
                  To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB

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