The story of Qian “separating from her soul” is a Chinese folktale that predates Buddhism, an example of the way Buddhism got tangled up with and changed by the native culture, a process which continues to this day as we carry it on in our own practice.
Yes, the mind grows quiet and the world too is still. Our lives come nearer to us. Because we are open to ourselves, the world comes to meet us.
Wherever you are in the world, let’s sit together.
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The Japanese word “dokusan” for these conversations about meditation practice means “to go alone” or “to practice alone.”
It is to have a conversation so intimate, that for both participants it is as if you were talking with and listening to yourself.
I was newly launched in my Tibetan Buddhist practice, in which we were encouraged to remember that in infinite previous rebirths we had all been each other’s mother. How do you say “No” when your mother is asking for charity? I couldn’t give to everyone who asked; I would have no money left myself. What to do?
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A number of koans came along as I was keeping company with this week’s koan about the storehouse of treasures. It feels kind of like playing Scrabble using koans, except I am watching it happen, not doing it. Sometimes my meditation feels like that: I’m watching it happen, but not doing it.
Do you know what I mean?
In an undug well, water ripples from a stream that does not flow.
A person with no shape or form is drawing the water. (Ikkyu)
Interesting that Ikkyu’s study of himself led to observations of something paralleled in nature—and how often that is true.
Koan practice is a conversational art: a conversation between ourselves and a koan, a conversation between ourselves and ourselves, a conversation between ourselves and the world around us.