Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind

Wilbur Mushin MayIMG_0518_e Mushin

July 16, 2016




Joshu’s question: What is the Way? (page 11).

Ordinary mind is the way.

Ordinary activity, every day, from morning to night.

Eliminating any separation between you and what you are doing.—

In this hot weather some people complain: Awful, Awful!

As Zen students, we learn living your life as is.  Not complaining, escaping, and looking for support elsewhere.  Standing up (by yourself) under difficulties, like our zazen posture. Seeing, feeling things as they are, as your life: That is Buddha Mind.

That makes you strong, resilient, and flexible.  This is our practice. Why is it so difficult? Being available, receiving totally, what is, you realize you are indestructible—Buddha Mind.

Being in the experience and with it as a human being.

Going beyond it—as Buddha.

All in no separation:

This is taking refuge in the Buddha in yourself

Extending your life,

Exploring your ever boundless, ordinary activity.

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"Menju"or "Face to Face Transmission" aside from being the title of a chapter in Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo, is also the name for one of the most basic Zen traditions. This "face to face" started with Shakyamuni Buddha holding up a flower on Vulture Peak and Mahakashyapa simply smiling. It is akin to the gaze between mother and child; a mirroring; a nourishment for mutual development.

Today we have the technological "IndraNet." It offers seemingly endless resources for the sharing of written and graphic teachings. This blog is one such nodule in the vast net.

However, the blog is in no way intended to replace Menju, our being together as a group or individually with a teacher. This blog is a service only. Its intention is to use the form, like the banks of a river, to direct or awaken the flow of ancient and contemporary wisdom for ourselves and the world we are part of.

Traveling in this blog, newcomers to our group may get a scent of the climate we practice in; a taste of what appeals to those who practice with us; and might take a step to sit with us and discover what it means to be with lovers of true silence. The silence that echoes from every teaching that connects and says "I have been here all along. There never was a need to search. Rest in this shared wisdom and find the place that seems most natural." Doshin Sensei