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Sunday, 30 June 2013 17:09

The four dharma seals are suffering, impermanence, no- self and nirvana.

 

The second and third are the crucible of our lives. If we think of the self as real, fixed, permanent, then the unavoidable truth of impermanence will cause us to suffer. We are always one step closer to falling.

 

If we see the insubstantiality of the self, that is the liberation of all beings. Impermanence can then be seen as the dynamic functioning of interconnectedness, and we can live at peace with all sentient beings, undarkening the world by no longer throwing the dust of the self over it.

 

We have a choice. We either fall down or stand up. And, of course, we do both.

 

 
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Sunday, 30 June 2013 17:08

Our aim isn’t to eradicate delusion, but to actualise space.

 

Within vast space, each thing can have its own life.

 

Although it is natural to wish that our demons were gone, only demons can kill demons.

 
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Sunday, 30 June 2013 17:03

Compassionate Mind is essential for practice. The noise in our head is like a small child. If we follow it, he will never grow up. If we hate or ignore it, we cut out our own heart. We need to hold it in vast, compassionate space, vast compassionate awareness. It is this space which allows him, and all beings, to live.

 
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Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:12

Non Buddhists conceive of the Universe as things within space. And in the space between things there is room for judgement, room for manipulation.

 

For Dogen, the realm of nonduality is the realm of intimacy. It is not that there is no differentiation, but there is no gap, no void.

 

And within that intimacy, each dharma totally occupies its own space. One dharma does not obstruct another, just as one moment does not obstruct another. The total exertion of one dharma –the exemplar of exertion being zazen – is the total exertion of all dharmas, because there is no separation. The total exertion of one dharma makes real the whole Universe.

 

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In zazen, we cultivate unadorned awareness. We simply allow our experience, without making any judgement.

 

This awareness operates at a number of levels. Most obviously, we are aware of our ego sustaining chatter. Then we are aware of our strategies to avoid our experience –distraction, fatigue, agitation, and so on. And deeper still, we are aware of our habitual attitudes towards our experience while sitting: anxiety, frustration, hopelessness, resignation and so on, and this habitual attitude mirrors our attitude to our life generally, and so what is unconscious becomes conscious.

 

Awareness is like a deepening ocean. As it becomes deeper, it becomes clearer. And so, everything is illuminated.

 

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