The Old Window

The Old Window

Looking back over these seventy years and more

The human world of good-and-bad

completely dissolves before my gaze

A late-night snowfall blurs

the footsteps of the last passerby

I light a stick of incense

and sit and meditate beside my old window

                                                             Ryokan

How many years I spent parting the wild grasses

to penetrate the inmost depths

Then suddenly I understood my teacher

and came back to my native place

You go there and come back again

Yet everything remains the same

Cloud’s covering the mountain summit

Streams flowing by your feet

                                                               Ryokan

Trying to change into someone or something else

is  unnecessary

Changing into oneself

Is practicing the true Way

Looking for meaning misses the mark

Finding the world of non-meaning

Is attaining the true Way

                                                        Doen

Intelligence

Intelligence

Our practice is about seeing things as they really are. Seeing reality. Seeing things as they really are is true intelligence. This seeing includes our view of ourselves, our world and the relationship between them. By removing the blinders of emotional and intellectual conditioning we can gradually see reality clearly, that is, just as it is. So we can say that Lost Coins’ practice is the practice of  reality.

In order to  look at this practice of reality  in a systematic way, we can divide it into three basic aspects: the spiritual, the psychological and the scientific.

 The spiritual aspect comes from seeing the depths of who we really are and the wonder of knowing that like infinity, it is ultimately unknowable.

The psychological aspect  consists of developing objectivity,  seeing our mechanical conditioning and in congress with the spiritual,  freeing ourselves from introjected patterns which stem from  ignorance, habit or negative emotion.

The third aspect is scientific, like physics or behaviorism.  It is the study of the cause and effect of our actions. The study needs to be accurate.   It took a long time for people to understand that no matter how many rams, cows or first born they slayed  it did not deter the plague or famine.

Real intelligence is both intellectual and emotional. When our practice develops, both clarity and empathy evolve. Fear recedes.

It is my sincere belief that in practicing with these understandings,  Lost Coin can create a culture of practice that is appropriate to this time and place and the emerging intelligence that is the future.

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