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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:24 pm

Bumper-sticker on a car I saw last week:

    "Rock is Dead
Long Live Paper and Scissors!"

--Joe
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby bokki on Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:30 am

LOL
had 2 log in 4 this
Bumper-sticker on a car I saw last week:

"Rock is Dead
Long Live Paper and Scissors!"

--Joe

Joe,
Rock will not die,
RIP
paper and scissors!

LOL b :heya:
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burst into flames

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:05 pm

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On the topic of whether it's a hindrance or a help for a Buddhist practitioner to practice "for awakening" (previous language was "for enlightenment"), or not, the author I'll refer to is largely silent. But I feel he gives an appropriate account of the purpose of practice. --Joe

    "While it is indeed the case that anyone who is practicing meditation in a Buddha-hall is seeking enlightenment as some sort of distant goal, the fact is that the temples, practice centers, and the Buddhist path do not exist for any purpose other than for us to fully understand ourselves exactly as we are here and now."
-Tagawa Shun'ei, Living Yogacara, 2009, Wisdom Pubs.; p.2 (transl. Charles Muller).
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:57 pm

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    "The great life of standing up and sitting down rests firmly
    on the experience of body and mind falling away."
-Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010), in his Foreword to William F. Powell's,
The Record of Tung-shan, 1986, University of Hawai'i Press, p. vii.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby fukasetsu on Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:09 pm

"If one only imagines it, if it is a mere theory, thinking ‘I don’t need to do anything, neither meditate nor practice’, one has completely missed the point. There have been many people thinking like this in the past.”
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:37 pm

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    "...Europeans take an extremely narrow view of the body's potentialities, and
    are generally unacquainted with the various 'subtle' or 'exalted' bodies which
    Yoga has discovered to surround and interpenetrate the gross visible body.

    In Europe, both the Platonists and the materialists have always taken it for granted
    that spiritual reality lies outside the range of the body, the one so as to condemn
    the body as degrading, the others with the aim of rejecting spiritual experiences
    as nugatory.

    In Buddhism physical and spiritual reality are co-terminus, all spiritual experiences
    have their physical basis and counterpart, and the body, brought to full maturity by
    the practice of Yoga, is a cognitive organ of the highest order, more closely in touch
    with transcendental reality than the intellect can possibly be."
- Edward Conze, Buddhist Thought In India, 1962; 1967; Ann Arbor; pp. 72-73.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:51 pm

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    "Compassion and Sympathetic Joy obviously belong together.
    Compassion participates in the sufferings; Sympathetic Joy in
    the happiness of others".
- E. Conze, Buddhist Thought In India, 1962; 1967; Ann Arbor; pp. 85-6.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:48 pm

At Diamond Sangha places, this gatha is intoned aloud in unison, led by the Ino, by those in attendance three times, in preparation for the Roshi giving Teisho, or a Dharma Talk.

Teisho is one of the practices transmitted in the Ch'an-, Zen-, Son-, and Thien-Buddhist tradition. Teisho is usually given once per day at a certain time in afternoon on Sesshin or during other lengthy training-periods by Diamond Sangha teachers.

The translation of this gatha is due to Robert Aitken Roshi, and this text is used at some 22 or 23 Diamond Sangha centers in the world.

    On Opening The Dharma

    The Dharma,
    Incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
    Is rarely encountered,
    Even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas.
    We now can see it; Listen to it; Accept and hold it.
    May we completely realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.

    The Dharma,
    Incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
    Is rarely encountered,
    Even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas.
    We now can see it; Listen to it; Accept and hold it.
    May we completely realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.

    The Dharma,
    Incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
    Is rarely encountered,
    Even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas.
    We now can see it; Listen to it; Accept and hold it.
    May we completely realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Linda Anderson on Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:48 pm

and, vice versa ....

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Linda Anderson on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:06 am

:lol2:

dharma gems are only as good as the moment they are spoken to the particular people who are present.... we need not trip over ourselves to think they are true in this great universe. ofc, some move me as they should....
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Jok_Hae on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:51 am

At work, at rest, never stop trying to realize who it is that hears.
Even though your questioning becomes almost unconscious,
you won't find the one who hears, and all your efforts will come to naught.
Yet sounds can be heard, so question yourself to an even profounder level.
At last every vestige of self-awareness will disappear and
you will feel like a cloudless sky.
Within yourself you will find no "I," nor will you discover anyone who hears.
This Mind is like the void, yet it hasn't a single spot that can be called empty.
This state is often mistaken for Self-realization.
But continue to ask yourself even more intensely, "Now who is it that hears?"

-- Zen Master Bassui
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Linda Anderson on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:53 am

I've not heard this at the Diamond Sangha.... but I have heard it many times at SFZC based Sangha (Soto).... as I understand it, Diamond Sangha is has both Soto and Rinzai elements... there is a name which I forget for this combined lineage.... I love this blending....

desert_woodworker wrote:At Diamond Sangha places, this gatha is intoned aloud in unison, led by the Ino, by those in attendance three times, in preparation for the Roshi giving Teisho, or a Dharma Talk.

Teisho is one of the practices transmitted in the Ch'an-, Zen-, Son-, and Thien-Buddhist tradition. Teisho is usually given once per day at a certain time in afternoon on Sesshin or during other lengthy training-periods by Diamond Sangha teachers.

The translation of this gatha is due to Robert Aitken Roshi, and this text is used at some 22 or 23 Diamond Sangha centers in the world.

    On Opening The Dharma

    The Dharma,
    Incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
    Is rarely encountered,
    Even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas.
    We now can see it; Listen to it; Accept and hold it.
    May we completely realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.

    The Dharma,
    Incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
    Is rarely encountered,
    Even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas.
    We now can see it; Listen to it; Accept and hold it.
    May we completely realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.

    The Dharma,
    Incomparably profound and minutely subtle,
    Is rarely encountered,
    Even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas.
    We now can see it; Listen to it; Accept and hold it.
    May we completely realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.
Not last night,
not this morning;
Melon flowers bloomed.
~ Bassho
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Jok_Hae on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:54 am

You can observe a lot by just watching


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Jok_Hae on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:59 am

Those who seek the Buddha outside their own minds are like children of rich parents
who have forgotten their home. -- Zen Master Bassui
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby partofit22 on Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:35 am

Image

The lonely child who travels through
The fearful waste and desolate fields,
And listens to their barren tune,
Greets as an unknown and best friend
The terror in him, and he sings
In darkness all the sweetest songs.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Linda Anderson on Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:43 am

oh yes.... :ghug:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:20 pm

After he writes a brief chapter about the division of Buddhism into eighteen schools in the first five centuries of Buddhist history, Edward Conze, in his Buddhist Thought In India, goes on to write a chapter on "Doctrinal Disputes" (Part II, Chapter 2 of the book). He begins that chapter as follows:

    "In view of the predominantly intellectual approach of the Buddhist
    quest for salvation, it was only to be expected that ontological problems
    would soon come to the fore. Ignorance, the cause of all evil and suffering,
    must be overcome by true knowledge, which is the one and only reliable
    source of lasting salvation. Everything depended therefore on distinguishing
    the fictitious objects of ignorance from the truly real objects of wise cognition.
    The exact dividing line between these two classes of objects naturally gave
    rise to much controversy."
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:01 pm

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1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Ch'an of Tathagatha.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Ch'an,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1
2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto
3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia
4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"
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