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
Thursday, June 7, 2012
(picture from old post at wild fox zen)
"DROPPING BODY AND MIND"
As I stated in my earlier post, I'm at the beach for little r&r. However, I am now beginning my second day of self-imposed solitude because of flu like symptoms throughout my body. It would be a great time to be able to drop body and mind.
I spent yesterday re-reading Victor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning. His story certainly helped me to see that my present self-imposed imprisonment was
insignificant but, it (self-imposed imprisonment) has been a teacher for me.
The ease in which I have endured the solitude is definitely a fruit of my practice. This is not to say that I am a "good sick person". I'm not. I whine a lot! But even that is a teacher for me. Has it not be said that everything is practice, if we pay attention.
My little needy small self is always getting in the way but I am better at sending him back to his room.
So I will probably spend one more day in solitude, hoping not to infect the community.
Being open, paying attention.
As all things are buddha-dharma, there is delusion and realization, practice, and birth and death, and there are buddhas and sentient beings.
As the myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death.
The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many and the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas.
Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.
To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening.
Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas; those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings. Further, there are those who continue realizing beyond realization, who are in delusion throughout delusion.
When buddhas are truly buddhas they do not necessarily notice that they are buddhas. However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddhas.
When you see forms or hear sounds fully engaging body-and-mind, you grasp things directly. Unlike things and their reflections in the mirror, and unlike the moon and its reflection in the water, when one side is illumined the other side is dark.
To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.