Give me the reaching.

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  • Heion
    Member
    • Apr 2013
    • 232

    Give me the reaching.

    Student: I'm reaching for the light, please help me.
    Teacher: Forget about the light. Give me the reaching.


    I love this Koan. I came upon it in a beautiful article by John Tarrant. It shows us how the only true meditation is doing just for the sake of doing. Goals start us, but then we can abandon them.

    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



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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39075

    #2
    Is the the article you mean, Alex?



    We are all about self-improvement and moving forward too. It is simply that we see each step as itself a total arrival, and "self-improvement" as simultaneously "no self, so what to improve?". We become better, more Buddha-like, Wiser and more Compassionate ... even though Buddha all along. The reaching is the light.


    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Myosha
      Member
      • Mar 2013
      • 2974

      #3
      Thank you teacher(s).


      Gassho,
      Edward
      "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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      • Fugu
        Member
        • May 2013
        • 101

        #4
        Alex,

        I read this several weeks ago and thought of you.

        Do you play to get to the end of the song?

        Why do you play?

        Gassho,
        Fugu
        (I majored in Classical Music in college, so I think you and I are on the same page with this one.......)

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