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

    Don't get caught

    If you are a big fish, you'll be a good catch, you won' escape nets of all sorts.

    The thing is not to be stuck in the absolute, not to be drunk with the relative. This is the meaning of "beyond". "Beyond" does not point at a distant realisation, a shore to reach, "beyond" as here and now free from habits and expectations. Non attachment is another way to look at it. Not dwelling expresses the same truth.

    This is also why Dogen's teachings are filled with mists, clouds, rivers, walking mountains, smoke, not just to convey an impression of nature and his love for practice in the deep valleys, but also to point at the real transient body of all things, free from the dual and non dual. Killing the devil and killing Buddha at once is our practice, beyond mundane and sacred.

    "I have got it" is as irrelevant as " I have lost it".

    This is the groundless ground on which face to face transmission can take place.


    Gassho,


    Taigu
  • Koshin
    Member
    • Feb 2012
    • 938

    #2
    Originally posted by Taigu

    "I have got it" is as irrelevant as " I have lost it".


    Taigu
    Thank you teacher...deep bows

    Gassho
    Thank you for your practice

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    • Shujin
      Treeleaf Unsui
      • Feb 2010
      • 972

      #3
      _/|\_
      Kyōdō Shujin 教道 守仁

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      • Seimyo
        Member
        • Jan 2012
        • 861

        #4
        Thank you Taigu. I needed to hear this.

        Gassho.
        Seimyo

        明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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        • Mp

          #5
          Wonderful Taigu, thank you.

          Gassho
          Shingen

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          • Joe
            Member
            • Jun 2013
            • 52

            #6
            Thank you teacher.

            Gassho,
            Joe

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            • Nameless
              Member
              • Apr 2013
              • 461

              #7
              Thank you Taigu. Very insightful and balancing.

              Gassho, John

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              • Taikyo
                Friend of Treeleaf
                • Nov 2012
                • 363

                #8
                Originally posted by Taigu
                ... beyond mundane and sacred.
                Thank you my Teacher

                Gassho

                David

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                • MyoHo
                  Member
                  • Feb 2013
                  • 632

                  #9
                  Thank you Taigu.

                  But what then is this face to face transmission? And to what end?

                  Gassho

                  Enkyo
                  Mu

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

                    #10
                    Hi Enkyo, Face to face transmission is called denpo or shiho, it is when a priest or a lay person is given the authorisation to teach and transmit the teachings through a very specific ceremony. In a way, this is a form of official recognition to avoid fraud and provide continuity in the way teachings and practice are handed over.

                    Gassho

                    Taigu

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                    • MyoHo
                      Member
                      • Feb 2013
                      • 632

                      #11
                      Oh I see. That's for reeeeeaaaaaly big fish then .

                      "I have got it" is as irrelevant as " I have lost it".
                      Something that hangs freely in the void of not this and not that ( in the Dogen sense of these words). My intuitive reaction, the ring of the bell to this, is a feeling I have for a while now: Umpf! and Bah! Please, just let me sit and work as often as I can safely in homeplace shikantaza. Chop wood me and fetch water me and see it all as it is. Void me but full me, so what? "This" is not what we think this is, and does not change anything. A bit tiered of straining and reaching ( not meant at your fine words dear Taigu but at word smart "Talking Zen" instead of sitting, silent and stilled Zen)

                      Rocks rolling uphill from the desert
                      Clouds trown into the dust
                      Walking in the illusion
                      Trying to bring ease where possible
                      while "I" sits in reality.

                      Gassho

                      Enkyo
                      Mu

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                      • Heisoku
                        Member
                        • Jun 2010
                        • 1338

                        #12
                        "beyond" as here and now free from habits and expectations.
                        Thank you Taigu. Gassho.
                        Heisoku 平 息
                        Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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                        • Jakudo
                          Member
                          • May 2009
                          • 251

                          #13
                          Thank you Taigu.
                          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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                          • Jishin
                            Member
                            • Oct 2012
                            • 4820

                            #14
                            Thank you for the teaching Taigu.

                            Gassho, John

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                            • Daitetsu
                              Member
                              • Oct 2012
                              • 1145

                              #15
                              Thank you so much, teacher!

                              Gassho,

                              Timo
                              no thing needs to be added

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