Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
"Nothing is itself taken alone. Things are because of interrelations or interactions." (Wallace Stevens, in Adagia)
Itself, taken alone, is nothing.
Emptiness, shunyata, is itself nothing alone.
How is it we fear God?
How is it we fear nothingness?
How are things?
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Monday, September 07, 2015
Sunday, September 06, 2015
Shainberg: Kyudo Roshi likens the breath during zazen to a windshield wiper, each inhalation and exhalation simply cleaning the dust from one's mind the way the wiper cleans a windshield.
Matthiessen: Kyudo's teacher, Soen, always cried, "FEET ON THE GROUND!" Eido Roshi too. They seemed to despise so-called "mystical experience," knowing that in feet-on-the-ground practice you really are living moment after moment, breath after breath, moment-by-moment awakening of mind, and in such a condition an opening is almost inevitable, so why talk about it? These teachers, of course, are not repudiating realization. They're simply saying: Pay attention to this moment. Clean your toilet. Have a cup of tea. I could give teisho for a hundred years and all I'm ever teaching, in the end, is moment-by-moment awakening of mind. Again: Pay attention to this moment. Right here! Now! Pay attention! Pay attention! Pay attention!