I am blooming there as a flower

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

    I am blooming there as a flower

    Shohaku Okumura in his latest book about Zen chants and texts, Living by vow, writes the following (p.167-168):

    (...) When we see the flower without thinking "this is beautiful" or "What is this flower called?" we really meet the flower itself. When we see the flower without thinking, we find that our life, this body and mind, and the life of the flower are the same life. There is no separation. We can say:"I am blooming there as a flower". To extinguish our views, to let go of thought, or to negate our own way of thinking is not negative. It makes our life very vivid and dynamic(...).

    If you come here with your petty pretty understanding of the path and get it approved and stamped, you are in for a big disappointment. And this disappointment is part of practice itself.

    This path is about loosing, loosing our beliefs, our ideas, our theories and breaking the little boxes in which we try to put everything away.


    When will we wake up to the fact that that all sutras, all shobogenzo, countless teachings take place here and now in the body-mind of Buddha, that to study sutra and texts is not to study dusty books or scrolls coming from the past, that Dogen was not born yesterday and we are so old already, that once we surrender to this hidden-treasure-in-full-view, when we strip everything to just let the original face shine, it meets all beings and things as just an expression of itself?!! YOU ARE THE SHOBOGENZO!!!Wake up! It about you and your life and not old guys playing little pretty koan games and lovely poetic contests.


    gassho


    Taigu
    Last edited by Taigu; 07-05-2012, 01:19 AM.
  • Eika
    Member
    • Sep 2007
    • 806

    #2
    Many thanks, Taigu.

    _/\_

    Eika


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    • disastermouse

      #3
      Thank you, Taigu! I'm on the edge of throwing away every idea I have and this only helps.

      Chet

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      • Myoku
        Member
        • Jul 2010
        • 1487

        #4
        Thank you, a timely reminder
        _()_
        Myoku

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        • Shokai
          Treeleaf Priest
          • Mar 2009
          • 6391

          #5
          Tahank you Taigu _/\_
          合掌,生開
          gassho, Shokai

          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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          • Myozan Kodo
            Friend of Treeleaf
            • May 2010
            • 1901

            #6
            Hi Taigu,
            This is great. I'm going to share this. Thanks.
            Gassho
            Myozan

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            • Shohei
              Member
              • Oct 2007
              • 2854

              #7
              Gassho!

              Shohei

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              • Kaishin
                Member
                • Dec 2010
                • 2322

                #8
                Thank you _/\_
                Thanks,
                Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
                Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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                • Mp

                  #9
                  Thank you Taigu!

                  Gassho,
                  Michael

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                  • Dokan
                    Friend of Treeleaf
                    • Dec 2010
                    • 1222

                    #10
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                    As you know...deep bows for your teachings Taigu. May our unwrapped boxes be used in life's robe.

                    Thanks for helping close the gap.

                    Gassho,

                    Dokan
                    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
                    ~Anaïs Nin

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                    • Kyonin
                      Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                      • Oct 2010
                      • 6742

                      #11
                      To lose all preconceived ideas. To lose them all.

                      Thank you, Taigu.
                      Hondō Kyōnin
                      奔道 協忍

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                      • Jikyo
                        Member
                        • Jan 2009
                        • 197

                        #12
                        Thank you, as always, dear Taigu.

                        Gassho,
                        Jikyo

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                        • andyZ
                          Member
                          • Aug 2011
                          • 303

                          #13
                          Thank you for the teaching Taigu.
                          When I see a blooming flower I instinctively want to sniff it and bury myself inside it. I think I'm doing exactly what this flower wants me to do No thoughts are necessary, just millions of years of evolution for the flowers to perfect their ways of attracting insects, birds and animals (including humans).
                          Gassho,
                          Andy

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                          • Jinyo
                            Member
                            • Jan 2012
                            • 1957

                            #14
                            ... and at one with the rain drenched flowers that are struggling to bloom in the Uk just now amidst rain and floods.

                            Taigu

                            Willow

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                            • Heisoku
                              Member
                              • Jun 2010
                              • 1338

                              #15
                              Thank you Taigu, this is such happiness.
                              Big Gassho.


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                              Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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