"Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

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"Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by el gatito » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:07 pm

The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi is usually attributed to Dongshan Liangjie. Following please find a side-by-side translation by:

1. Soto Zen Text Project Translation, Precious Mirror Samadhi from Soto School Sciprtures for Daily Service and Practice, Sotoshu Shumucho, 2001. (Taigen Dan Leighton is primarily responsible for this translation. It was based on his own translation, significantly influenced by Cleary’s, and then reviewed by Griff Foulk, Carl Bielefeldt, Shohaku Okumura and then a panel of Soto Zen teachers.)

2. Toshu John Neatrour; Sheng-yen; Kaz Tanahashi, The Song of the Jeweled Mirror Samadhi from www.sacredtexts.com

3. Thomas Cleary, Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi from Timeless Spring, Weatherhill, 1980.

4. Kaz Tanahashi and David Schneider: Song of the Bright Mirror Samadhi, from Essential Zen, Harper, 1994.


Will split the text into several posts.

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Post by el gatito » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:11 pm

1.
The dharma of thusness is intimately transmitted by buddhas and ancestors.
Now you have it; preserve it well.

2.
The teaching of suchness, is given directly, through all buddha ancestors,
Now that it's yours, keep it well.

3.
The teaching of thusness has been intimately communicated by buddhas and ancestors.
Now you have it, so keep it well.

4.
This dharma as it has been directly entrusted by buddha ancestors.
Now that you have realized it you must guard it mindfully.

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1.
A silver bowl filled with snow, a heron hidden in the moon.
Taken as similar, they are not the same; not distinguished, their places are known.

2.
A serving of snow in a silver bowl, or herons concealed in the glare of the moon
Apart, they seem similar, together, they're different.

3.
Filling a silver bowl with snow, hiding a heron in the moonlight,
taken as similar they’re not the same; when you mix them, you know where they are.

4.
Snow heaped in a silver bowl, a heron fading into the bright moon.
Similar but unequal. Place them side by side and you will see which is which.

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Post by el gatito » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:19 pm

1.
The meaning does not reside in the words, but a pivotal moment brings it forth.
Move and you are trapped, miss and you fall into doubt and vacillation.
Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a massive fire.

2.
Meaning cannot rest in words, it adapts itself to that which arises.
Tremble and you're lost in a trap, miss and there's always regrets.
Neither reject nor cling to words, both are wrong; like a ball of fire,Useful but dangerous.

3.
The meaning is not in the words, yet it responds to the inquiring impulse.
Move and you are trapped; miss and you fall into doubt and vacillation.
Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a massive fire.

4.
The meaning is not in words. Inquiring students seek further.
Moving forward creates pitfalls. Avoidance leads to a standstill.
Faced with a great wall of fire, turning your back on it and touching it are both wrong.

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1.
Just to portray it in literary form is to stain it with defilement.
In darkest night it is perfectly clear; in the light of dawn it is hidden.

2.
Merely expressed in fine language, the mirror will tarnish.
At midnight truly it's most bright, by daylight it cannot still be seen.

3.
Just to depict it in literary form is to stain it with defilement.
It is bright just at midnight, it doesn’t appear at dawn.

4.
Expressing it in colorful words only stains it.
Midnight is bright, dawn brings no dew.

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by el gatito » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:24 pm

1.
It is a standard for all things; its use removes all suffering.
Although it is not constructed, it is not beyond words.

2.
It is the principle that regulates all, relieving every suffering.
Though it doesn't act it is not without words.

3.
It acts as a guide for beings, its use removes all pains.
Although it is not fabricated, it is not without speech.

4.
Things are truth itself to be used for removing delusion.
This is not created and yet not inexpressible.

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1.
Like facing a precious mirror; form and reflection behold each other.
You are not it, but in truth it is you.

2.
In the most precious mirror form meets reflection:
You are not It, but It is all you.

3.
It is like facing a jewel mirror; form and image behold each other –
You are not it, in truth it is you.

4.
As form and image face each other in a bright mirror,
you are not it but it is you.

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Post by Meido » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:09 pm

See also Keiso Dokuzui, here:

https://terebess.hu/zen/hakuin1.html#1

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Madison, WI Rinzai Zen Community [機山龍源寺] - http://www.madisonrinzaizen.org
The Rinzai Zen Community - http://www.rinzaizen.org

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by el gatito » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:25 pm

I have uploaded the original PDF document here: {EDIT: link removed -- see the better one in the Jundo's post below!}

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by lindama » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm

For simplicity sake.... #2 group.... Snow in a silver bowl.

This was given to me as a koan. I remember this part, I don't remember if it had a question/statement attached. Until your post, I did not know where it came from. Elegant in itself.

And, now that I'm looking, it seems there are other references that I didn't know I had in my files, Pacific Zen:
Baling Haojian’s Three Turning Words

a What is the school of Kanadeva?
Snow in a silver bowl.

b 1 What is the way?
2 The clearly enlightened person falls into a well.

c 1 What is the blown-hair sword?
2 Each branch of coral holds up the light of the moon.
and this, cityzensantarosa:
Baling was a student of Yunmen Wenyan who established the Yunmen school of Zen that flourished for about 300 years before being absorbed into the Rinzai school. When Baling took up residence as a teacher, he did not create a document of succession for his students. He only used three turning phrases as the way to attain the essence of the Yunmen school.

A person of the way asked, "What is the Tao?"

Baling responded, "A clear-eyed person falls into a well."

A person of the way asked, "What is the blown-feather sword that cuts away delusion?"

Baling responded, "Each Coral branch of coral holds up the moon."

A person of the way asked, "What is old-lady Zen?"

Baling responded, "Fresh snow in a silver bowl."

Yunmen said, "In future, on my remembrance day, just restate these three turning phrases, then you will have repaid my benevolence."
I've sat with these koans many times without knowing the backstories on who and why or their source. Also recognize, house of treasures is another old friend.

Snow in a silver bowl

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by jundocohen » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:01 am

There is an invaluable document for such a study which I would highly recommend to you, as it sheds light on many obscure points of reference and history ... many points you might not otherwise catch ...

JEWEL MIRROR SAMADHI TRANSLATION STUDY
https://terebess.hu/zen/HokyoMirror.pdf

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by KeithA » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:31 am

lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm
For simplicity sake.... #2 group.... Snow in a silver bowl.

This was given to me as a koan. I remember this part, I don't remember if it had a question/statement attached. Until your post, I did not know where it came from. Elegant in itself.

And, now that I'm looking, it seems there are other references that I didn't know I had in my files, Pacific Zen:
Baling Haojian’s Three Turning Words

a What is the school of Kanadeva?
Snow in a silver bowl.

b 1 What is the way?
2 The clearly enlightened person falls into a well.

c 1 What is the blown-hair sword?
2 Each branch of coral holds up the light of the moon.
and this, cityzensantarosa:
Baling was a student of Yunmen Wenyan who established the Yunmen school of Zen that flourished for about 300 years before being absorbed into the Rinzai school. When Baling took up residence as a teacher, he did not create a document of succession for his students. He only used three turning phrases as the way to attain the essence of the Yunmen school.

A person of the way asked, "What is the Tao?"

Baling responded, "A clear-eyed person falls into a well."

A person of the way asked, "What is the blown-feather sword that cuts away delusion?"

Baling responded, "Each Coral branch of coral holds up the moon."

A person of the way asked, "What is old-lady Zen?"

Baling responded, "Fresh snow in a silver bowl."

Yunmen said, "In future, on my remembrance day, just restate these three turning phrases, then you will have repaid my benevolence."
I've sat with these koans many times without knowing the backstories on who and why or their source. Also recognize, house of treasures is another old friend.

Snow in a silver bowl

linda
Wonderful post, Linda...I have always loved the mental image of a silver bowl filled with fluffy new snow.

The next line talks about a heron. Korean Buddhism features herons (and geese) from time to time.

I have a very mundane heron story. One night at the DMZ between North and South Korea, a squad of North Koreans was spotted inside the South Korean side of the neutral zone. When something like this happens, things get very tense. I spent six months there, and it is a stressful place. Anyway, there are protocols that are followed, involving all kinds of verification and re-verifications. As all this was going on, the observers watching the squad from one of the interior guardposts noticed that one of the North Korean soldiers got up and flew away!!

It turned out that is was group of herons! :lol:

Hiding a heron in the moonlight, indeed!
You make, you get.

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by el gatito » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:06 pm

jundocohen wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:01 am
There is an invaluable document for such a study which I would highly recommend to you, as it sheds light on many obscure points of reference and history ... many points you might not otherwise catch ...

JEWEL MIRROR SAMADHI TRANSLATION STUDY
https://terebess.hu/zen/HokyoMirror.pdf

Gassho, J

SatToday
How very nice of you posting the link! My copy (that I linked earlier) was 84 pages only, while this is complete - 152 pages, and is less in size - 4.6 MB only against 6.3 MB. I will remove link to my copy right away.

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Post by guo gu » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:37 pm

good to see you here, linda!

a gift for you for the new year...
lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm

Baling Haojian’s Three Turning Words

a What is the school of Kanadeva?
Snow in a silver bowl.
in disguise, living in the dusty world.
lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm
b 1 What is the way?
2 The clearly enlightened person falls into a well.
don't block the precious mirror's shine.
lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm
c 1 What is the blown-hair sword?
2 Each branch of coral holds up the light of the moon.
dust, dust, dust!
that's where you'll find the mirror.

be well,
guo gu

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by lindama » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:53 pm

:bow2:
be well Guo Gu
hugs
linda
guo gu wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:37 pm
good to see you here, linda!

a gift for you for the new year...
lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm

Baling Haojian’s Three Turning Words

a What is the school of Kanadeva?
Snow in a silver bowl.
in disguise, living in the dusty world.
lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm
b 1 What is the way?
2 The clearly enlightened person falls into a well.
don't block the precious mirror's shine.
lindama wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:23 pm
c 1 What is the blown-hair sword?
2 Each branch of coral holds up the light of the moon.
dust, dust, dust!
that's where you'll find the mirror.

be well,
guo gu

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by el gatito » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:15 pm

1
Like a newborn child, it is fully endowed with five aspects:
No going, no coming, no arising, no abiding;

P'o-p'o han-han – is anything said or not?
In the end it says nothing, for the words are not yet right.

2
Just as a baby, five senses complete,
Neither going or coming, nor arising or staying,

Babbles and coos: speech without meaning,
No understanding, unclearly expressed.

3
Like a babe in the world, in five aspects complete;
It does not go or come, nor rise nor stand.

“Baba wawa” – is there anything said or not?
Ultimately it does not apprehend anything because its speech is not yet correct.

4
It is like a baby perfectly possessing five freedoms:
Not coming, not going, not rising, not staying...

And goo goo wa wa - words that are not words.
In the end nothing is grasped because speech is not precise.

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1
In the hexagram "double fire," when main and subsidiary lines are transposed,
Piled up they become three; the permutations make five.

Like the taste of the five-flavored herb, like the five-pronged vajra.
Wondrously embraced within the complete, drumming and singing begin together.

2
Six lines make the double li trigram, where principle and appearances interact.
Lines stacked in three pairs yet transform in five ways.

Like the five flavors of the hyssop plant or the five branches of the diamond scepter,
Reality harmonizes subtly just as melody and rhythm, together make music.

3
It is like the six lines of the illumination hexagram: relative and ultimate interact -
Piled up, they make three, the complete transformation makes five.

It is like the taste of the five-flavored herb, like a diamond thunderbolt.
Subtly included within the true, inquiry and response come up together.

4
In the double-split hexagrams the particular and the general integrate.
When the lines are closed they become three, and its final change makes five.

A blade of *zhi* grass has five flavors, A vajra has five points.
Within the general, something marvelous lies. Drumming and singing go together.

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1
Penetrate the source and travel the pathways, embrace the territory and treasure the roads.
You would do well to respect this; do not neglect it.

2
Penetrate the root and you fathom the branches, grasping connections, one then finds the road.
To be wrong is auspicious, there's no contradiction.

3
Communing with the source, travel the pathways, embrace the territory and treasure the road.
Respecting this is fortunate; do not neglect it.

4
Penetrating the source, penetrating the paths. Here is a short path, here is a long path.
If you miss it, that's a good sign. Don't neglect it.

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1
Natural and wondrous, it is not a matter of delusion or enlightenment.
Within causes and conditions, time and season, it is serene and illuminating.

So minute it enters where there is no gap, so vast it transcends dimension.
A hairsbreadth's deviation, and you are out tune.

2
Naturally pure and profoundly subtle, it touches neither delusion nor awakening,
At each time and condition it quietly shines.

So fine it penetrates no space at all, so large its bounds can never be measured.
But if you're off by a hair's breadth all harmony's lost in discord.

3
Naturally real yet inconceivable, it is not within the province of delusion or enlightenment.
With causal conditions, time and season, quiescently it shines bright.

In its fineness it fits into spacelessness, in its greatness it is utterly beyond location.
A hairsbreadth’s deviation will fail to accord with the proper attunement.

4
What is natural and inconceivable belongs neither to delusion nor enlightenment.
Causes and conditions right at this moment shine completely in silence.

So minute that it penetrates any space. So enormous that it exceeds all bounds.
The slightest difference puts it out of tune.
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to be continued

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Post by KeithA » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:53 pm

I just love seeing the various translations for the same characters. It is a window into the mind of the translator. And, also a useful reminder to look at other translations before forming opinions the various teachings. Different renderings can lead to a different understanding of the material.

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Post by Caodemarte » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:26 pm

KeithA wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:53 pm
I just love seeing the various translations for the same characters. It is a window into the mind of the translator. And, also a useful reminder to look at other translations before forming opinions the various teachings. Different renderings can lead to a different understanding of the material.

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Yes, indeed. It is also important to place each translation into the boarder Buddhist context, which the translator may or may not know. A translator is often focused solely on the words in the text or the text as an isolated entity. If we want to read Buddhist texts like “Jewel Mirror Samadhi” it is important to bring our wider knowledge of Buddhism into play.Otherwise we will end up cherry picking 🍒 words in ”Jewel Mirror Samadhi” to support our own ideas. I can already hear “‘Jewel Mirror Samadhi’ says there is a substance called Samadhi that has magical properties!”

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Post by el gatito » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:43 am

1.
Now there are sudden and gradual, in which teachings and approaches arise.
With teachings and approaches distinguished, each has its standard.
Whether teachings and approaches are mastered or not, reality constantly flows.

2.
Now there are sudden and gradual schools with principles, approaches so standards arise.
Penetrating the principle,
Mastering the approach, the genuine constant continues outflowing.

3.
Now there are sudden and gradual in which teachings and approaches arise.
Once basic approaches are distinguished, then there are guiding rules.
But even though the basis is reached and the approach comprehended, true eternity still flows.

4.
Because the basic teachings of sudden and gradual have been set up, the Zen school has become divided.
These ways have become standard.
Even though you master such teachings the truth keeps on escaping.
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1.
Outside still and inside trembling, like tethered colts or cowering rats.
The ancient sages grieved for them, and offered them the dharma.

Led by their inverted views, they take black for white.
When inverted thinking stops, the affirming mind naturally accords.

If you want to follow in the ancient tracks, please observe the sages of the past.
One on the verge of realizing the Buddha Way contemplated a tree for ten kalpas.

Like a battle-scarred tiger, like a horse with shanks gone grey.
Because some are vulgar, jeweled tables and ornate robes.
Because others are wide-eyed, cats and white oxen.

2.
A tethered horse, a mouse frozen in fear, outwardly still but inwardly whirling:
Compassionate sages freed them with teaching.

In upside down ways folks take black for white.
When inverted thinking falls away they realize mind without even trying.

If you want to follow the ancient path then consider the ancients:
The buddha, completing the path, still sat for ten eons.

Like a tiger leaving a trace of the prey, like a horse missing the left hind shoe,
For those whose ability is under the mark, a jeweled footrest and brocaded robe.
For others who still can manifest wonder there's a house cat and cow.

3.
Outwardly still while inwardly moving, like a tethered colt, a trapped rat -
The ancient sages pitied them and bestowed upon them the teaching.

According to their delusions, they called black as white;
When erroneous imaginations cease, the acquiescent mind realizes itself.

If you want to conform to the ancient way, please observe the sages of former times.
When about to fulfill the way of buddhahood, one gazed at a tree for ten eons.

Like a battle-scarred tiger, like a horse with shanks gone gray.
Because there is the common, there are jewel pedestals, fine clothing;
Because there is the startlingly different, there are house cat and cow.

4.
You may sit still but waver inside - a tied up horse, or a cowering rat.
The Ancient Teacher pitied us and transmitted the dharma.

Because of our delusions we say black is white.
When delusions disappear understanding reveals itself.

If you wish to conform to the old ways, take a lesson from the past.
People trying to attain the buddha way by gazing for ten eons at a tree

are like a tiger with tattered ears or a hobbled horse.
A greedy mind sees rare treasures.
A surprised mind sees raccoons and white bulls.

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1.
With his archer's skill, Yi hit the mark at a hundred paces.
But when arrows meet head-on, how could it be a matter of skill?

The wooden man starts to sing, the stone woman gets up dancing.
It is not reached by feelings or consciousness, how could it involve deliberation?

Ministers serve their lords, children obey their parents.
Not obeying is not filial, failure to serve is no help.

With practice hidden, function secretly, like a fool, like an idiot.
Just to continue in this way is called the host within the host.

2.
Yi the archer shot nine of ten suns from the sky, saving parched crops, another bowman hit targets at hundreds of paces:
These skills are small to compare with that in which two arrow points meet head on in mid air.

The wooden man breaks into song, a stone maiden leaps up to dance,
They can't be known by mere thought or feelings, so how can they be analyzed?

The minister still serves his lord, the child obeys his parent.
Not obeying is unfilial, not serving is a useless waste.

Practicing inwardly, functioning in secret, playing the fool, seemingly stupid,
If you can only persist in this way, you will see the lord within the lord.

3.
Yi with his archer’s skill could hit a target at a hundred paces.
But when arrow-points meet head on, what has this to do with the power of skill?

When the wooden man begins to sing, the stone woman gets up dancing;
It’s not within reach of feeling or discrimination – how could it admit of consideration in thought?

Ministers serve their lords, children obey their parents;
Not obeying is not filial and not serving is no help.

Practice secretly working within, like a fool, like an idiot
just to continue in this way is called the host within the host

4.
Legendary bowman Yi with his skill shoots the mark a hundred paces away.
When arrowheads meet head-on, is it only a matter of skill?

Right when a wooden man sings a stone woman gets up and dances.
It's not within the reach of knowledge nor does it admit ideas.

Retainers serve their lord; children obey their father.
Without obedience there is no respect; without service there is no civic virtue.

Conceal your practice, work inside. Be ignorant, look foolish.
Just keep on doing it. This is called host with host.

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Re: "Jewel Mirror Samadhi" study thread

Post by el gatito » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:44 am

The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi is usually attributed to Dongshan Liangjie. Above please find a side-by-side translation by:

1. Soto Zen Text Project Translation, Precious Mirror Samadhi from Soto School Sciprtures for Daily Service and Practice, Sotoshu Shumucho, 2001. (Taigen Dan Leighton is primarily responsible for this translation. It was based on his own translation, significantly influenced by Cleary’s, and then reviewed by Griff Foulk, Carl Bielefeldt, Shohaku Okumura and then a panel of Soto Zen teachers.)

2. Toshu John Neatrour; Sheng-yen; Kaz Tanahashi, The Song of the Jeweled Mirror Samadhi from www.sacredtexts.com

3. Thomas Cleary, Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi from Timeless Spring, Weatherhill, 1980.

4. Kaz Tanahashi and David Schneider: Song of the Bright Mirror Samadhi, from Essential Zen, Harper, 1994.


The text was split into several posts.

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jundocohen wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:01 am
There is an invaluable document for such a study which I would highly recommend to you, as it sheds light on many obscure points of reference and history ... many points you might not otherwise catch ...

JEWEL MIRROR SAMADHI TRANSLATION STUDY
https://terebess.hu/zen/HokyoMirror.pdf

Gassho, J

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Post by lindama » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:57 am

any comments on this? it occurs to me.... what is jewel mirror samadhi/bright mirror samadhi.... a mirror lacks image, mirrors have no inherent lasting image.... this is a Tibetan teaching. I've never taken snow in a silver bowl to be a nice image to hold in meditation... it takes words away. So it seems that all this beautiful poetry brings us to the ineffable. what does samadhi look like in a jewel mirror with no jewels.

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Post by michaeljc » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:46 am

This is a fine topic

I particularly like:
Conceal your practice, work inside. Be ignorant, look foolish
This is why being told that one is wasting one's time by practicing alone is so valuable (IMO)

Thank you EG

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Post by SunWuKong » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:41 am

lindama wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:57 am
any comments on this? it occurs to me.... what is jewel mirror samadhi/bright mirror samadhi.... a mirror lacks image, mirrors have no inherent lasting image.... this is a Tibetan teaching. I've never taken snow in a silver bowl to be a nice image to hold in meditation... it takes words away. So it seems that all this beautiful poetry brings us to the ineffable. what does samadhi look like in a jewel mirror with no jewels.
Linda i read it like this:

The teaching of Thusness given freely by all Buddha Ancestors is now yours.
Keep it Well.

A silver bowl is hidden under snow, as a heron is hidden in the moon.
Place them side by side and you see the distinction.

(Comment: At what point did you see no distinction?)

Meaning won't be trapped by words. It goes where it wants.
Relying on them, you are left with trembling and regret.

Rejecting and clinging to them is wrong.
Like a ball of fire, useful but dangerous.

Explained plainly, the Mirror loses it's spark.
Seen at night, it's luminous.

What's the universal Principle? How does it remove all suffering?
Even though its unconditioned we still talk of it!

You are used to seeing your reflection,
Now it's your reflection seeing you.

You are everywhere,
and yet there is no "you" anywhere.

(Comment: Don't seek from others,
Or you'll be estranged from yourself.
I now go on alone—
Everywhere I encounter It.
It now is me, I now am not It.
One must understand in this way
To merge with being as is.)

- continued -
--- Eric H., also know as Sun Wu Kong, "an authentic genuine human being"
Birth is thus
Death is thus
Verse or no verse
What’s the fuss?

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