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

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Letting Go of body and mind

We have been studying Dogen's stuff on the "self". Trying to understand, trying to realize, trying to think, trying to not think about this idea of "self" is a mushy, foggy thing for me. I found a quote by Dogen in Beyond Thinking that was informative --pg 16

But what can be met with recognition is not realization itself, because realization is not reached with a discriminating mind."

I suppose the only way to have this non-discriminating mind is to let go of body and mind, how ever it is that you do that!

Maybe it's like sugar melting in hot liquid...you can taste it but you can no longer differentiate the sugar from the liquid.

Oh well...one step at a time!

Gassho,
Alan

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Continued...

I also wanted to say that I had two very profound and deep sessions with some clients this week that spoke to me about this body-mind experience. I don't want to exaggerate this but suffice it to say, it was deeply meaningful. Things just bubbled up as images without any pre-cognitive experience. 

Ok, too many words here...things getting stinky...I'll just leave it at that.

Gassho,

Alan

Quit looking, Quit seeing, Quit grasping!!!!

This week we ventured into "intuiting the whole body-mind intimately", being told having an idea about the whole body-mind won't do. Frustating for me in many ways. I still "grasp for something". That won't do! Sit, sit , sit, sit, sit, sit, sit!!!!!!! Now just get up and go live, paying attention with body-mind!

bows,

Alan