No thought, no reflection, no analysis,
No cultivation, no intention;
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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.
We focus on the name and form (nama rupa) of what we perceive as being outside of us. The act of seeing the name and form instead of the one substance (the Absolute) obstructs the Absolute and projects instead the selfhood character onto a phantom of our own making. It has no Reality. Withdraw from the name and the form and be with the Absolute that is the inner Reality of all we see as the universe.
If he allows his mind to stray from ‘what is’ right here, right now, he slips back into the dusty world. Once he is in the stream of being ordinary, of simply not striving and of conforming with circumstances from that place of equanimity, he is like a gyroscope: keeping alignment with Big Mind. Any thought of attaining anything or achieving anything causes that gyroscope to wobble. He avoids that.
If you have a father and a mother you are in this life and therefore you have all you need to realize who and what you are right now.
“Conforming with circumstances as they are he exhausts his past karma; accepting things as they are he puts on his clothes; when he wants to walk he walks, when he wants to sit he sits; he never has a single thought of seeking buddhahood. Why is this so? Continue reading
Sitting is a term that has a deep meaning in Zen. Krishnamurti calls it ‘complete negation which is the highest form of passion’. Sitting in this sense calls for all of our energy on all levels.When there is any loss of energy through identification with our fears, desires, ambitions, visions, regrets, opinions, etc. etc. then we do not have the energy required for this highest form of passion. Continue reading
Sitting is a certain body posture. More than that however, in zen sitting is a universal metaphor that transmits the deep sense letting all things, including oneself, rest. Letting rest means to exercise fine restraint in one’s whole being, releasing the habitual impulse to do anything and to carry anything over to the next moment.
Whatever action presents itself in the course of how things go, is accepted. One doesn’t resist that natural action that is embedded in the whole. One carefully discerns the shining source in each minute event, and does not overstep this mindfulness at any time. Continue reading
Below is Koan 129 from Dogen’s collection of 300 Koans that goes into “non-thinking” in relation to thinking/not-thinking. First you find “The Main Case” which has, at the end of each line a footnote number. After “The Commentary” and “The Capping Verse” there are “The Footnotes” by John Daido Loori, to which the numbers refer. Below the footnotes I have included John Daido Loori’s Contemporary Commentary on Dogen’s text. Enjoy! Continue reading
A patch-robed monk’s authentic task is to practice the essence, in each minute event carefully discerning the shining source, radiant without discrimination, one color unstained. You must keep turning inwards, then [the source] is apprehended. This is called being able to continue the family business.
Do not wear the changing fashions, transcend the duality of light and shadow. Accordingly the ancestors’ single trail is marvelously embodied. The residual debris of the world departs, its influence ended. This worldly knowledge does not compare to returning to the primary and obtaining confirmation.