Direction

Direction

A student asked Master Joshu for instruction in finding the way.
Joshu said, “East, West, North, South.”

Though Joshu was a great master, he was, of course, completely lost.
When questioned he couldn’t find his way.
His ignorance could fill volumes.
These volumes could be called “A CompleteĀ Guide to the Way”.
What a joke that would be: volumes pointing to the finger rather than the moon.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be as clueless as this old master!
East, West, North, South.
Grandmotherly kindness.

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This Life

This Life

To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion.
That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.
Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas……
Eihei Dogen – Genjokoan

To choose this life, your life- isn’t this the greatest act of courage?
What else is there to look for?
To appreciate this very life as the life of realization is to transcend both delusion and enlightenment.

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