Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words.
Take the backward step and turn the light inward.
Your body-mind of itself will drop
off and your original face will appear.
If you want to attain just this,
immediately practice just this.
- Dogen (1200-1253)
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
Friday, June 22, 2012
I have been working on "mu" with my teacher and reading again Paul Knitter's book Without Buddha I Couldn't Be A Christian.
I'm really in a mysterious place right now.
This place is beginning to feel a little like depression.
I just spent two wonderful weeks at the beach with a very large group of family members (including thirteen children) and felt pretty much alone in the midst of that crowd.
I think I would call it a feeling of “having no place to go”. That is kind of what I am feeling about my “Mu” work.
It’s also a feeling of just “not belonging”…anywhere.
Another thought (feeling?)…It’s like I have nothing to “work” on…all that is left is to experience.
I don’t mean that in “I have arrived”…I mean there seems to be nothing to reach for…nothing to look for…
Maybe this is the dark night of the soul!
I’m not worried about. It’s something I am curious about.