“The true person of no rank has 6 arms and 3 heads and she is working furiously, smashing Flower Mountain in two with a single blow!”
This is something that happens. We have the capacity to split ourselves like that and sometimes we do, in large or small ways. Sometimes it’s required, sometimes it’s convenient, sometimes it happens by accident or by violence.
Water moves around a lot. The average water molecule will stay in the air for about 9 days. In a large lake, maybe 100 years. In a deep underground aquifer, it will be around perhaps 1000 years
I keep noticing the way my attention slips in and out of what’s going on in the outside world, or inside myself. Reality is so vast, my piece of it is just what I notice.
Live talk – Some koans give us impossible tasks like the ones in fairy tales. We can’t deal with them out of what we already know and they help us notice that everything that we love comes out of the dark of not knowing. We are immersed in our lives.
Sometimes in Zen, we think what we need to awaken is greater confidence, or better conditions. What we really need is greater faith. Faith in ourselves, faith in the process.
What happens when you realize the way to what’s vast and boundless is just to look into your own mind? What happens when you realize your knowledge, or lack of it, is an idle concern?