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, April 4, 2010

THE WOMB OF THE SAGE



Happy Easter! 


Today in the Christian tradition we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This event points to the new life we are all promised in following the Way, the Truth and the Life. I don't pretend to understand what all that means. I think it is safe to say though that these folks certainly encountered something that changed their lives and the world. 


That being said, here we have in the seventh week of our online ango study this very interesting phrase of "nurturing the womb of the sage" in Dogen's Instructions to the Cook.


Dosho puts it this way in his blog at Wildfox Zen:


"This post offers some detail for our online practice period study for this week. The compelling phrase, "womb of the sage," comes from Dogen's Instructions for the Cook. Here's the Foulk translation of the sentence:"



If your preparations are true, then your movements and activities will naturally become the deeds of nurturing the womb of the sage.


So here, Dogen seems to be pointing toward some new life birthing forth. But in order for that life to be born, it needs to be nurtured in the proper manner. Here again we have a suggested Way, A truth, A life that promises something new.

But even in this Zen path, there are things that need to die in order for that new life to come forth.

And when it all happens it is simply a matter of chopping wood and carrying water, except it is done with a whole new set of eyes to see with.

Happy Birthing,

Alan


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