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  1. BENDOWA. A Talk about Pursuing the Truth
  2. MAKA-HANNYA-HARAMITSU. Maha-prajna-paramita
  3. GENJO-KOAN. The Realized Universe
  4. IKKA-NO-MYOJU. One Bright Pearl

TAO STUDY

1 + 2   Sane Wisdom

Miao All the Time

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"Miao" is ancient Chinese.

"Miao" is an old Chinese term and "may also be translated as "Essence": it means "the wonderful," the "ultimate," the "logically unknowable," the "quintessence," or "esoteric truth," writes Lin Yutang in The Wisdom of China, in a note to the first chapter of Tao Te Ching there. [Wic 31n]

The terms "Cosmic" and "great" both pertain to the universe, because both are in the cosmos and parttake of it. Put differently, everything in the universe is of it, that is, cosmic. And "great" is what is called great, at any rate.

With mind and body in relaxed harmony, you can hopefully decide successfully on what to do next. To take into oneself (take on) what is in one's surrounding nature, is a Zen activity endorsed by Dogen. And sensible smartness and wisdom naturally come from the other shore, where intuitive reflection is rooted as well.

LoWhen the body is in shape and great harmony, you can often decide better on what to do

Wisdom is a kind of intuitive ability that occurs in body and mind when our body and mind are in the state of balance and harmony - hopefully.

The health fruits on the body level of resting and unstressing are very many. [Ams 477].

LoThe essence of zazen is to have taken on all

MAHA-PRAJNA-PARAMITA is the essence of yogic meditation, or Zen sitting.

LoThe right state is a fruit of the practice or training of the best sort - accomplish the truth - art is large-hearted or intuitive

From the basis of a well balanced and harmonised body-mind you may eventually rise to work in okay manner too.

Over-all or overriding, sensible wisdom that many of our decisions are based on, is hardly intellectually, but intuitively based. MM

Now understand that great art too, like true wisdom, is somehow linked to the Other Shore -

Gist

Try to gain some welcoming arms, some sort of Tao. You may revert to these abstracts and summaries for it till your hair has turned grey.
    IN SUM
  1. When the body is in shape and great harmony, you can often decide better on what to do and not to do. Not all wisdom which is purported to be real wisdom, is of special help. You have to attune to the practical outfit also.
  2. One effect of good Zen sitting is at least to have "taken on all" - which can link up to the Other Shore too.
  3. What great art and great decisions are based on, is hardly intellectual all along. Great art is in the living - the art of living - and is to be accomplished locally as fits.

IN NUCE Harmony is helped by attunement to the Other Shore (Deep Within). Buddhism offers three main gates: meditation, life standards, and good fellowship.

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3   The realised universe or reflected universe

What is real inside a real setting. So avatar teaching that the world is an illusion, means those teachings are self-contradictory higher up, even insane or piggish, to say the least. It helps to recognise what could very well be a universal principle: it's good to have inner gates of understanding and frivolity.

Let the the content of your notice board - even your wall-paper suggest something real in your own universe. What's real should have instant appeal - the real content inside one real setting, where helps one to recognise. It helps to recall or recognise what could very well be a universal principle. Recognise an important thing - such an item on your inner notice-board (all memories) - could have far-reaching mirroring effects.

What's significant or real is often good to get aware of

Lo It helps to recognise what could very well be a universal principle

We had better recognise an important thing at once. Important notes are often hard and puzzling at first, before you understand them quite well. Koan, which we have translated into puzzle, in the end or by some long shot means the realised law of the universe, or such a blessed state of art, namely the real universe itself. That's how these things are considered in the best of Zen, both Soto Zen and Rinsai Zen.

So a seemingly erratic puzzle can happen to embody or express not a little, perhaps a fairly universal principle - and perhaps what you find out opens the inner gates to realise goodies yourself. That is the Zen way of the old masters.

This was to accommodate us to the thought: The content of a birtish notice board can have far-reaching effects.

LoWhat's real is the real content inside one real setting

Let the content of your notice board express what's real in your own universe.

LoIt's often good to look into realised expressions from tall guys

A notice board is inside the realised the blessed state of art, or the real universe, or is an expression of it itself.

It's often good to have a notice board, whatever it may be. ◊

Notice board note

Genjo means "realised," and koan (great puzzle) is an abbreviation of "a notice board" where a new law was announced to the public in ancient China. The koan often expresses a deep principle. In Dogen's major work Shobogenzo, genjo koan means the realised law of the universe, that is the blessed state of art: the real universe itself. An accomplished Buddha's blessed state must be the real universe. The hidden significance and importance of a Buddha may at times go against the tenor of surroundings: much depends on how bad they be.

The stout homily is often good to be aware of against parading guru bandits

IN SUM
  1. It helps to recognise what could very well be a universal principle: A seemingly erratic puzzle can happen to embody or express a giant principle - and open some inner gates of understanding - according to the way of the old masters. Also, the content of a birtish notice board can have far-reaching effects.
  2. What's real is the real content inside one real setting. And it's good to have inner gates of understanding and frivolity. It appears that the real universe contains a lot more than the ways and wisdom that old masters found. Besides, there is secret wisdom - or should we call it British wisdom at once?
  3. It's often good to look into realised expressions from tall guys. It's often good to have a notice board, whatever it may be. It's a part of the blessed art: the real universe.

IN NUCE Think that universal principles must be manifested locally, after being realised by the blessed yourself.

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4   One bright pearl in essence

Feel free to believe what is bright and clear is splendid and put a little to use.

Lo Note what is bright and clear

WE NOTE the Japanese expression: "The whole universe in all directions is as splendid as a clear pearl."

In the bright and clear light the universe could be like that: outright splendid. This being so, to look down on a donkey and clown doesn't always pay. ◊

LoAssume that splendid is what splendid looks like

FEEL FREE to believe what is bright and clear is splendid and put a little of it to use somehow. What is more, is a jackass part of the bright and splendid universe, it is inherently bright and clear and splendid at all times, no matter what it looks like on the outside.

LoFeel freer at last

IF SO, feel free to believe: "Jack is as good as his master". (British proverb) "I am as the dust of your feet," said Yogananda.

Gist

IN SUM
  1. Note what is bright and clear. In the bright and clear light the universe could be like that.
  2. Assume that splendid is what splendid looks like. Feel free to believe what is bright and clear is splendid and put a little to use by such as: A jackass is inherently bright and clear and splendid at all times. You can affirm that and think of guru Yogananda also.
  3. Thus get emboldened - and free to believe: "Alas! Jack is as good as his master inside this teaching".
IN NUCE Clear Light follows meditation, and emboldment at times as well.

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Kigen Dogen Shobogenzo comments, Literature  

Dogen, Eihei. Shobogenzo: The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching. Tr. Hubert Nearman. Mount Shasta, CA: Shasta Abbey Press, 2007.

Nishijima, Gudo Wafo and Cross, Chodo, trs. Master Dogen's Shobogenzo. Book 1. Woking, Surrey (UK): Windbell, 1994.

Nishijima, Gudo Wafo and Cross, Chodo, trs. Master Dogen's Shobogenzo. Book 2. London: Windbell Publications, 1996.

Nishijima, Gudo Wafo and Cross, Chodo, trs. Master Dogen's Shobogenzo. Book 3. London: Windbell Publications, 1997.

Nishijima, Gudo Wafo and Cross, Chodo, trs. Master Dogen's Shobogenzo. Book 4. London: Windbell Publications, 1999.

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