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  • AlanLa
    Member
    • Mar 2008
    • 1405

    A drop in the bucket

    i am but a drop in the bucket, yet i fill the bucket.

    You, too.
    AL (Jigen) in:
    Faith/Trust
    Courage/Love
    Awareness/Action!

    I sat today
  • pinoybuddhist
    Member
    • Jun 2010
    • 462

    #2
    The drops of water that fill the bucket and the bucket: just us, just this.

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39441

      #3
      When the nun Chiyono one moonlit night was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono encounters freedom in realization, letting go the struggle. In commemoration she wrote a poem:

      `In this way and that I tried to save the old pail,

      Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break

      Until at last the bottom fell out.

      No more water in the pail!

      No more moon in the water!'
      In the Denkoroku, Keizan describes Dogen's "Dropping Body-Mind" this way ...

      Once you reach this realm, you become like a bottomless bucket, like a lacquer bowl with a hole punched in it. No matter how much leaks out, it is never empty; no matter how much is put into it, it is never full. Arriving here is called "the bottom falling out of the bucket". But if you think that there is a hair of enlightenment or acquisition here, it is not the Way.
      Gassho, J
      Last edited by Jundo; 03-19-2013, 04:30 AM.
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • AlanLa
        Member
        • Mar 2008
        • 1405

        #4
        Not to go all lawyer on you, Jundo, but I didn't say what the bucket was filled with
        AL (Jigen) in:
        Faith/Trust
        Courage/Love
        Awareness/Action!

        I sat today

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        • Jakudo
          Member
          • May 2009
          • 251

          #5
          `In this way and that I tried to save the old pail,

          Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break

          Until at last the bottom fell out.

          No more water in the pail!

          No more moon in the water!'

          This is wonderful! When I read the last line I laughed out loud and my family thinks I'm losing it. I really needed that.
          Gassho, Jakudo.
          Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
          It all begins when we say, “I”. Everything that follows is illusion.
          "Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarrassment."
          寂道

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          • Kyonin
            Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
            • Oct 2010
            • 6742

            #6
            A drop is a universe in itself.

            And then again, the universe can fit inside another drop.

            Thank you for this post.

            Gassho,

            Kyonin
            Hondō Kyōnin
            奔道 協忍

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            • Myoku
              Member
              • Jul 2010
              • 1487

              #7
              Thank you Alan,
              I sometimes wished I would be a stream or a well, but I need to acknowledge,
              just as you say, I'm only a drop.
              Gassho
              Myoku

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              • Daitetsu
                Member
                • Oct 2012
                • 1145

                #8
                Hi Myoku,

                Originally posted by Myoku
                I sometimes wished I would be a stream or a well
                You are much more - isn't everything enough?

                Gassho,

                Timo
                no thing needs to be added

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                • Myozan Kodo
                  Friend of Treeleaf
                  • May 2010
                  • 1901

                  #9

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                  • Jinyo
                    Member
                    • Jan 2012
                    • 1957

                    #10
                    I love that video - it would be great to play it out with Zen master/student.

                    The circularity of my questions, questions, questions

                    Gassho

                    Willow

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                    • Jinyo
                      Member
                      • Jan 2012
                      • 1957

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jundo
                      When the nun Chiyono one moonlit night was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono encounters freedom in realization, letting go the struggle. In commemoration she wrote a poem:


                      In the Denkoroku, Keizan describes Dogen's "Dropping Body-Mind" this way ...



                      Gassho, J
                      Thanks for the poem - beautiful and profound

                      Gassho

                      Willow

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