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November 30, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

The Ten Oxherding Pictures (IV)

dancing with shadows ...


  At the waters edge, under the trees - hoofmarks are numerous. Balmy grasses grow abundantly - can you see them or not? Even if you go deeper and deeper into the mountains, How could his nostrils, well compassing the heavens,     hide him at all?

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November 25, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

The Ten Oxherding Pictures (III)

The first picture    ...  The Seeker On his blog, Mike Dosho Port quotes Andy Ferguson's translation  of a poem by Sensu Tokujo, one of our Chinese ancestors:

Letting down the line ten thousand feet, A single breaking wave makes ten thousand ripples. At night in still water, the cold fish won't bite. An empty boat filled with moonlight returns.

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The fish is the golden fish and stands for a metaphor of awakening for even dead its eyes are bright and wide open. Just like the bull or the ox. We fish something we will never get, we won't be allowed on the promised land, we won't be given what we expected. Much more. We end up with the moonlight , a symbol of the oneness of practice and realization. We end up with Shikantaza, being already home as we start our journey, for there is nowhere else to be. Just being is our home. So the seeking never ceases, it is the action through which we turn the Dharma wheel, it is this continous practice. Nowhere to go, nobody who travels, to destination to reach, just the full joy of being and unfolding this being-time now.

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November 16, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

The Ten Oxherding Pictures (II)

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November 10, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Knowledge

The Tenth of the Bodhisattva's Ten Virtues is .... Knowledge (Jñāna)  ... In Saving All Sentient Beings ... Knowledge Goes a Long Way ...

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November 9, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

The Ten Oxherding Pictures (I)


This is an Enso from the great Zen teacher Nantembo who lived a century ago, his temple in Nishinomiya is very close to where I live.

It says: Everything fundamentally is perfect roundness in this world. As soon as you are born in this world, your mind is fundamentally perfect roundness.

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