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

    life sucks and Dogen's death poem

    Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes life is a real bitch. And there is no escape. Jundo and his beloved wife are doing all they can for their sweet little girl in hospital, many treeleafers are now going tough time: unemployement,cancer, breakdown, I am struggling to carry one living in Japan as my job is seriously threatened and things don't look good at all.

    In this situation, no need to dress it up and make it cheerful. No need to flee and avoid the problem. We are all invited to participate with joy to this, because it is the very nature of life, fleeting, changing, fragile, the very nature of what is given to us, sooner or later taken back. In front of this, we invite the unknown, throwing body and mind into it, trusting a process beyond thoughts, feelings and fears. As Dogen says in what he left us as a death poem:

    Fifty-four years lighting up the sky.
    A quivering leap smashes a billion worlds.
    Hah!
    Entire body looks for nothing.
    Living, I plunge into Yellow Springs.


    What a remarkable way to live! Leaping into the unknown, life and death merged and both totally transcended. Every single moment is an opportunity for all of us to exactly do that, that this body of thirty, fourty, fifty years and a few days and throw it into the amazing unknown reality.

    entire body looks for nothing
    living, I plunge into the Yellow Springs


    Nothing left, no traces, no shadow. Just the taste of what is as it is. That's our way to live, far from the hopes and consolations found in so many religions and belief systems.

    Life sucks and it is OK!

    gassho


    Taigu
  • Rich
    Member
    • Apr 2009
    • 2601

    #2
    Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

    If life sucks and its OK then I should probably stop worrying so much.
    _/_
    Rich
    MUHYO
    無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

    https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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

      #3
      Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

      indeed

      gassho

      Taigu

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      • Shujin
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Feb 2010
        • 974

        #4
        Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

        Gassho.

        -Shujin
        Kyōdō Shujin 教道 守仁

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        • Risho
          Member
          • May 2010
          • 3179

          #5
          Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

          Gassho!
          Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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          • RichardH
            Member
            • Nov 2011
            • 2800

            #6
            Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

            Thank you Taigu.


            Gassho, kojip.

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            • Geika
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Jan 2010
              • 4980

              #7
              Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

              Originally posted by Taigu
              ...Jundo and his beloved wife are doing all they can for their sweet little girl in hospital, many treeleafers are now going tough time: unemployement,cancer, breakdown, I am struggling to carry one living in Japan as my job is seriously threatened and things don't look good at all...
              Metta for all of us, then. Gassho, Taigu.
              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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              • Sleeps
                Member
                • Oct 2011
                • 99

                #8
                Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                deleted.
                Burning Coal

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                • Omoi Otoshi
                  Member
                  • Dec 2010
                  • 801

                  #9
                  life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                  Life is a bitch and then you die.
                  Life is beautiful, including death and bitching.

                  Thank you Taigu,
                  Pontus
                  In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
                  you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
                  now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
                  the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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                  • gilles
                    Member
                    • Jan 2012
                    • 109

                    #10
                    Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                    "Life sucks and it is OK!"
                    thX taigu for those beautiful words

                    gassho
                    gilles

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                    • Ryumon
                      Member
                      • Apr 2007
                      • 1705

                      #11
                      Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                      Life does suck.

                      Interestingly, I've recently been reading Cioran. I suspect that most of you have never heard of him, but that Taigu has. He is a delightful cynic. This post made me think of him.
                      ---
                      Ryūmon (Kirk)
                      流文

                      SAT/LAH

                      I know nothing.

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                      • Hans
                        Member
                        • Mar 2007
                        • 1853

                        #12
                        Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                        Hello,

                        thank you for this reminder Taigu.

                        Gassho,

                        Hans Chudo Mongen

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                        • Jinyo
                          Member
                          • Jan 2012
                          • 1957

                          #13
                          Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                          Thanks Taigu

                          that is a wonderful poem.

                          .... and I feel not a word or intonation of cynicism - just courage and joy

                          life is as it is - so we try to embrace it fully - tears and smiles - and everything inbetween,

                          that's what makes us human

                          Gassho

                          Willow

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                          • andyZ
                            Member
                            • Aug 2011
                            • 303

                            #14
                            Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                            Thank you Taigu.
                            Great poem from Dogen.
                            Gassho,
                            Andy

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                            • Myozan Kodo
                              Friend of Treeleaf
                              • May 2010
                              • 1901

                              #15
                              Re: life sucks and Dogen's death poem

                              Hi Taigu,
                              Even though it is ok, I still hope things work out for you in Japan, and for little Sada and the Cohens, and for everyone else.
                              Don’t we have to accept reality while trying to change it?
                              A contradiction, yes ... like many things that are true and beyond duality.
                              Gassho
                              Myozan

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