Zen online: Paying attention to what is arising in the moment, noticing the way we create difficulty for ourselves is a necessary first step for change. Quingshui took that step when said he was alone and destitute, but there’s a couple more steps to be taken.
Register: These days I sometimes notice I’m waiting, waiting for powerful, incisive wisdom to bring forth fresh girl-power from deep in my meditation-ridden body-mind to meet the moment. Or sometimes maybe it seems I don’t deserve the ordinary bliss of my meditation. Have I earned it?
The freedom that comes with not relying on anything is a treasure. So for me, the cave of the Blue Dragon and the Storehouse of Treasures got all mixed up. An opportunity to appreciate another facet of the way ordinary mind is the way.
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Register: Looking at a ruler and saying he sees his friend. He is not saying that he sees his friend holding a ruler, he is saying that the ruler and his friend are not separate. I’ve also been noticing that feeling of not separateness during this time of pandemic.
Zen online- More than a story of the underdog upsetting the favorite, it speaks to the way our strengths have a shadow side, and our weaknesses contain a light.
I wonder whether being in that pitcher was being outside the bottle? I am also considering how this set of events only happens once. Once, a woman raised a goose. Only one time was the goose grown, and only one opportunity for it to be free.
This koan lit up for me recently as part of my response to the pandemic. It reflected back to me the way I was drinking the dregs of my own making. Relying on my old familiar strategies to cope with things being turned upside down. It can feel as if I am imitating myself, rather than responding to what is arising in the moment.