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Post by Great Sage EofH » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:57 pm

"Once you have adjusted your posture, take a breath and exhale fully, rock your body right and left, and settle into steady, immovable sitting. Think of not thinking, "Not thinking --what kind of thinking is that?" Nonthinking. This is the essential art of zazen.
The zazen I speak of is not meditation practice. It is simply the dharma gate of joyful ease, the practice realization of totally culminated enlightenment. It is the koan realized; traps and snares can never reach it. If you grasp the point, you are like a dragon gaining the water, like a tiger taking to the mountains. For you must know that the true dharma appears of itself, so that from the start dullness and distraction are struck aside."

https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/pr ... nzeng.html

fuki - nice try but i'm not here to challenge the teachers to Dharma Battle on account of that text - ^^
were I a soto-ite it might be tempting -
Let's do this one instead:

Xiangyan was once asked by a monastic, “What is the Way?”
Xiangyan said, “A dragon singing in a withered tree.”
The monastic said, “What does this mean?”
Xiangyan said, “Eyeballs in a skull.”
Later, another monastic asked Shishuang, “What is the dragon’s singing in a withered tree?”
Shishuang said, “It still has Joy.”
The monastic said, “What are the eyeballs in a skull?”
Shishuang said, “They still have senses.”

Later, another monastic asked Master Caoshan, “What is the dragon’s singing in a withered tree?”
Caoshan said, “Bloodstream has not stopped.”
The monastic said, “What are the eyeballs in a skull?”
Caoshan said, “Dry all the way.”
The monastic said, “I wonder, can anyone hear it?”
Caoshan said, “Throughout the entire Earth, there is no one who does not hear it.”
The monastic said, “Which verse does the dragon sing?”
Caoshan said, “I don’t know which verse it is, but all those who hear it are lost.”

So then, all who Wander really are Lost?
"We are magical animals that roam" ~~ Roam

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Re: Zazen Manual

Post by Great Sage EofH » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:34 am

Great Master Kyōgen Chikan was once asked by a monk,
“What is the Way?”
The Master answered, “The singing of the Dragon amidst the
withered trees.”
The monk replied, “I don’t understand.”
The Master said, “It is the Eye in skulls.”
Later, there was a monk who asked Sekisō,
“Just what sort of
thing is this ‘singing of a dragon amidst withered trees?’”
Sekisō replied, “Even now, there is Its being tinged with
delight.”
The monk then asked, “Just what
is that thing about ‘eyes in
skulls?’”
Sekisō replied, “Even now, there is Its being tinged with
consciousness.”
There was also a monk who asked Sōzan, “Just what sort of
thing is this ‘singing of a dragon amidst withered trees?’”
Sōzan replied, “Its bloodline has not been severed.”
The monk then asked, “Well, just
what is that thing about ‘eyes
in skulls?’”
Sōzan replied, “They are not completely dried out.”
The monk then said, “Oh, I don’t know about that! Are there
any who can hear it?”
Sōzan replied, “There is not
one person on the whole of the
great earth who has not already heard It.”
The monk retorted, “I’m not convinced. What verses does a
dragon chant?”
Sōzan replied, “I do not know what those verses are, but those
who do hear It bemoan the fact that others do not.”
"We are magical animals that roam" ~~ Roam

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