Saturday, April 25, 2015
“Because a buddha is in birth and death, there is no birth and death.”
It is also said, “Because a buddha is not in birth and death, a buddha is not deluded by birth and death.”
These statements are the essence of the words of the two Zen masters, Jiashan and Dingshan. You should certainly not neglect them, because they are the words of those who attained the way.
Those who want to be free from birth and death should understand the meaning of these words. If you search for a buddha outside birth and death, it will be like trying to go to the southern country of Yue with your spear heading towards the north, or like trying to see the Big Dipper while you are facing south; you will cause yourself to remain all the more in birth and death and lose the way of emancipation.
Just understand that birth-and-death is itself nirvana. There is nothing such as birth and death to be avoided; there is nothing such as nirvana to be sought. Only when you realize this are you free from birth and death.
(--from The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, by Dogen Eihei) http://www.tricycle.com/dharma-talk/birth-and-death
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Science, poetry, and philosophy do not take you away from Christianity. They remove from Christianity ignorant, improbable, and blind belief.
What remains are persons shone through with light and clarity -- a knowing unknowing -- engaging and serving with compassion.
No need for names. As the saying goes, "Better to see the face than hear the name."
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Closing poem of Transmission Eight, “Do Not Imagine You Are Going To Be A Still Pond", Vasumitra to Buddhanandi, in Living Buddha Zen by Lex Hixon. It reads:
Mother bird hears
insistent pecking from within.
With mature beak,
she breaks the shell.
Only a thin surface
Audible gasp is heard with these lines.
Then Tom says: "The path won't take you there, but don't deny yourself the taking of the path."
First practice of season in chapel/zendo. A small fire in woodstove.
Good to get back.
Good reading and comment to help the getting back.