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Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:58

Buddhism is full of metaphors of space. And space is not conceived in an abstract way, but rather as the absence of obstruction. Hence Buddhism being described as a path, or a way.

 

We are free, but not lost.


Likewise Emptiness.

 

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:55

The bodhisattva vow “All living beings, I vow to save them” at first blush seems impossible. Surely it is much more practical to vow to save ourself?

 

But we cannot save ourself. The ego is the fulcrum of dualism. A fist cannot unclench itself.

 

We can however liberate all beings from us. And this liberation is “All living beings”.

 

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:46

In zazen, do we rely on ourself, or do we rely on Buddha?

 

In some schools of Zen, there is a plain reliance on the self. Sitting is the means by which we accumulate the capacity to experience enlightenment. Equally, in other Japanese traditions, particularly Pure Land, reliance is on the other, on Buddha; faith, devotion, surrender feature prominently.

 

Dogen’s view is that we rely neither on self or other. We do not sit to become a Buddha and we do not sit in devotion to something other than ourself which we call Buddha. Sitting is Buddha.

 

We are lifted up by the same ground.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:54
 
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Monday, 24 June 2013 13:24

Shoji


If all things have real form, then everything - particularly what we commonly regard as negations - has real form. Thus, 'No Self' exists just as much as 'Self' in the total Full Dynamic Functioning. So, 'Negation' is not a kind of absence, but a full presence. And if this is so, 'Not Self' can be obstructed by 'Self', just as easily as the other way around.

 

Things do not fall in and out of existence in a logically coherent world. Existence and Non Existence are two aspects of Full Dynamic Functioning, and are always present. Whether they are present to us doesn't matter.

 

So Death isn't the absence of Life. Winter isn't the absence of Spring.

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Monday, 24 June 2013 11:36

 

‘’Whosoever says that the Tathagata goes or comes, stands, sits or lies down, he does not understand the meaning of my teaching. And why? ‘Tathagata’ is called one who has not gone anywhere, nor came from anywhere’’ (Diamond Sutra, verse 29)

The Buddhist state is instantaneous, immediate and cuts off past and future.’Tathagata’ means ‘thus come’ or ‘thus gone’: the name itself is a description of reality, not ‘existence’ (because that would entail dualism), not ‘no existence’ (because that would entail nihilism) but something luminous hovering in the background, behind our conceptualisations.

 

 
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