to remember our deepest gratitudes

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As we begin to realize how to recognize Suchness and move with it, rather than opposing it, we enter a realm of harmony with the flow of things and we’re able to discover for ourselves the words of Master Jianzhi Sengcan:

Obey the nature of things- your own nature

and you will walk freely and undisturbed.

When thought is in bondage, the truth is hidden,

for everything is murky and unclear,

and the burdensome practice of judging

brings annoyance and weariness.

What benefit can be derived

from distinctions and separations?

For the unified mind in accord with the Way

all self-centered striving ceases.

Doubts and irresolutions vanish

and life in true faith is possible.

With a single stroke we are free from bondage;

nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.

All is empty, clear, self-illuminating,

with no exertion of the mind’s power.

Here thought, feeling, knowledge and imagination

are of no value.

In this world of Suchness,

there is neither self nor other-than-self.

…..John Daido Loori

I celebrate my late mom’s birthday today in the spirit of gratitude and deep knowing….she would have been 70…….this gratitude is a microcosm of all that grows and dies and returns and invites us into profound reverence for the tenderness of this life’s truth….may we pause and offer sweet thanks……..

To carry the self forward and realize the 10,000 dharmas is delusion. That the 10,000 dharmas advance and realize the self is enlightenment……Eihei Dogen

our teachers lead us inward

Let me keep company always
with those who say ‘Look!’
and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
…..Mary Oliver

4 thoughts on “to remember our deepest gratitudes

  1. That which comes as love is never lost. It is the morning dew and the twilight blush, wings gracing the waters and painting the blue. Our worth need only ever be measured by those who love us (love us still)…….. May your gratitude overflow, and your blessings be beyond your ability to count. ❤

    • In those moments of unknowing, I need to remember I am capable of loving fully…..this is my nest, my sanctuary, my “wings…painting the blue”…..quiet bliss Bobbie……

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