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