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  • Risho
    Member
    • May 2010
    • 3179

    You can't leave THIS

    When I was sitting zazenkai today, I kept resonating on what Taigu said in the "Zen and Catholicism" thread that you can't leave THIS.

    It's impossible; you are THIS. THIS is you. I don't know, I do have a habit of stating the obvious so bear with me

    I started thinking about the Heart Sutra, that Sangha and Individual could be substituted for Form and Emptiness, and that illustrates our basic nature of suffering between groups and individuals. Groups threaten the self because we feel we'll lose something of ourselves. But that's impossible too. We are who we are. Fight or flight. Sometimes we want to run. I want to run from this practice, I want to quit it because it's getting too close for comfort sometimes. But fortunately I realize that that is just continuing the same cycle which brought me here. Trying to do the impossible with expectations of peace is going to lead to more suffering.

    Sangha is the Individual,
    The Individual is the Sangha.
    Sangha is Sangha.
    Individual is Individual.

    I am Treeleaf, Treeleaf is me. I can't leave what I am. But just because Treeleaf is me does not mean that I can wear by badge of a Zen practitioner (e.g. the Rakusu) and sit like a zombie on a pillow. That Rakusu is the Buddha but I have to realize that by taking what I learn here, chewing on it and practicing it day in and day out. THen I realize that I am Treeleaf.

    Like Dogen said in Genjokoan, "Just because the nature of wind is ever present does not mean you don't need to fan yourself". Likewise, just because this Sangha is me and Iam this Sangha, it doesn't mean diddly if I'm not doing my homework.

    Anyway, just some post zazenkai things.

    Thank you Sangha and Teachers for your constant teaching

    Gassho,

    Risho
    Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com
  • Nenka
    Member
    • Aug 2010
    • 1238

    #2


    Jen

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    • Dosho
      Member
      • Jun 2008
      • 5784

      #3
      "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

      -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

      Thank you Risho.

      Gassho,
      Dosho

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      • Heishu
        Member
        • Sep 2012
        • 484

        #4


        Heishu


        “Blessed are the flexible, for they never get bent out of shape." Author Unknown

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        • pinoybuddhist
          Member
          • Jun 2010
          • 462

          #5
          Cue the wicked guitar solo!

          Originally posted by Dosho
          "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

          -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

          Thank you Risho.

          Gassho,
          Dosho

          Rafael

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          • Mp

            #6
            Originally posted by Dosho
            "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

            -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

            Thank you Risho.

            Gassho,
            Dosho
            Nice.

            Gassho
            Shingen

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            • Heion
              Member
              • Apr 2013
              • 232

              #7
              Beautiful realization! It will make my morning all the more serene.

              Gassho,
              Alex
              Look upon the world as a bubble,
              regard it as a mirage;
              who thus perceives the world,
              him Mara, the king of death, does not see.


              —Dhammapada



              Sat Today

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              • Koshin
                Member
                • Feb 2012
                • 938

                #8
                Originally posted by Dosho
                "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."

                -Felder, Frey, & Henley Roshis

                Thank you Risho.

                Gassho,
                Dosho
                Thank you for your practice

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

                  #9
                  What does THIS mean?!!!


                  gassho

                  Taigu

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                  • shikantazen
                    Member
                    • Feb 2013
                    • 361

                    #10
                    mu

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                    • Rich
                      Member
                      • Apr 2009
                      • 2603

                      #11
                      You Can't touch THIS.


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

                      https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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                      • Risho
                        Member
                        • May 2010
                        • 3179

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Taigu
                        What does THIS mean?!!!


                        gassho

                        Taigu
                        What isn't THIS?! If I tell you what it is, then it's not THIS.. it's just my idea, which doesn't mean crap. THIS is alive, not some dead idea. I'm usually clung to dead ideas.

                        Gassho,

                        Risho
                        Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                        • Heisoku
                          Member
                          • Jun 2010
                          • 1338

                          #13
                          Risho you are a star!
                          Heisoku 平 息
                          Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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