Great minds think alike.
I feel how everything is soaking up the water
We are the water of love for each other
The source is inside
Let it flow into your own body-mind
and into the World around us
This water flows endlessly
with no preferences
It always seeks the lowest
Let it fill my inner pool,
a clear autumn pool
Our lives have become a dimension of mentation. Either our mind is occupied with forethought or with reflection. Most of the time these two in tandem keep our monkey-mind busy jumping from branch to branch. Innocence is beautiful and pure. How to return to innocence? Trust. This is something to contemplate on so that it can sink in more deeply into our being. Can we trust if we have not yet been touched by That? Any word we take will sell us short: God, the Great One, the Tao, the Mystery, Wakan Tanka. They all are symbols asking us to connect directly, in innocence, with our own True Being, because if we have not been touched by our own Self, we live in the shadow of death. Continue reading
Soanka, The Song of the Grass Hut
(Essay and Translation by Taigen Dan Leighton)
Soanka, The Song of the Grass Hut was written by Shitou (700-793BCE) during the time when Zen was first becoming popular in China as a practice of directly experiencing reality in seated meditation. The poem is a Buddhist expression of the Taoist archetype of the mountain sage, who forsakes ordinary social conventions for the solitary, spiritual life. As a result of the establishment of large Chan monasteries, this kind of solitary life in the mountain wilderness had almost disappeared in China by the time that Shitou moved to the South Peak Temple on South Mountain and built a hut on a large stone ledge.
The Bright, Boundless Field
The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning. You must purify, cure, grind down, or brush away all the tendencies you have fabricated into apparent habits. Then you can reside in the clear circle of brightness. Utter emptiness has no image, upright independence does not rely on anything. Just expand and illuminate the original truth unconcerned by external conditions. Accordingly we are told to realize that not a single thing exists. In this field birth and death do not appear. The deep source, transparent down to the bottom, can radiantly shine and can respond unencumbered to each speck of dust without becoming its partner.
While still in the dream state I was cutting into the flesh of our being, much like you would cut into a piece of fruit, for example an apple, in order to see how much had been affected by the decay that was seen on the surface. I was making small cuts and everywhere I cut I could see more decay. I saw that the decay was pervasive. I was aware that this was my/our own body that I was examining. While seeing the evidence of this general state of decay, at the same time “I” was not affected by the degeneration but rather I was in a vibrant state of renewal and vitality. As this thought entered my awareness I felt myself as a center of this revitalization. It was clear that I am called to hold my awareness, my focus on the quality of renewal despite all signs of decay and degeneration and to hold to the conviction that my inner-most being is continual renewal and vitality. It is again the metaphor of the two wolves inside me: one is the wolf of judgment, cynicism, despair etc and the other is the wolf of compassion, acceptance, innocence and the infinite force of life. Which one will I feed?