Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This Week's Homework


What story from your life illuminates a piece of this?


When a fish swims, no matter how far it goes,
it doesn't reach the end of the water. 
When a bird flies, no matter how high it flies,
it cannot reach the end of the sky. 
Only, when their activity is great, their range is large. 
When their activity is small, their range is  small.
In this way, each fish and each bird uses the whole space
and vigorously acts in every place.
However, if a bird departs from the sky, or a fish leaves the water,
they immediately die.
We should know that, water means life, sky means life.
A bird is life; a fish is life.  Life is a bird; life is a fish. 
And we should go beyond this. 
There is practice-enlightenment - the way of limited and unlimited life.
Posted by Dosho Port @ Wild Fox Zen


I plan on doing some posting on this one throughout the week.
I forget who said it during the webinar but it was something about "when you are making tea, just make tea...
Reminds me of another thought...forgive me but I forget who said this:
"You can only be where your are, so pay attention to that place"

The thing that hooks me from the Genjokoan this week is this line:

In this way, each fish and each bird uses the whole space 
and vigorously acts in every place.

Maybe paying attention to where you are is no different than "vigorously acts in every place".

I'll be kneading this bread during the week and see what comes out of the oven.

Bows to the cyber Sangha,
Alan

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