misunderstanding truth creates opposition

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There are

many occasions in life

which tempt us into negative thoughts.

Anxiety about the future, mistrust of another person,

bodily pain, fear of failure or even success — all of these tempt

us into mistrusting life and believing that life is against us.

When we fall into this trap, we are in opposition

to the workings of the Creative

and success becomes

impossible.

 

The

simple truth is that

every moment in every person’s

life contains the teaching he or she most

 needs at that time. It is not always immediately apparent 

why a thing is happening because the Sage is often inclined

to work in a roundabout fashion. Nonetheless,

whatever is happening now is what must

happen. Our only task is to trust the

process and allow the

lesson to seep

in.

 

This hexagram

comes as a signal that you are

resisting life and preventing your own progress.

Nonetheless, success is still possible, for every opposition

carries within it the seeds of agreement. Cease resisting yourself,

others, life, the Sage. Let go of dark thoughts and aggressive

actions. By returning to acceptance, neutrality, and devotion

to the way of the Sage, you dissolve the opposition

within yourself and open the way for

understanding and good

fortune to

arrive.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 38, K’uei / Opposition

 

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The

great way

of the buddhas is

profound, wondrous, inconceivable;

how could its practice be easy? Have you not seen

how the ancients gave up their bodies and

lives, abandoned their countries, cities,

and families, looking upon

them as shards

of tile?

 

After that

they passed eons living alone

in the mountains and forests, bodies and minds

like dead trees; only then did they unite with the way.

Then they could use the mountains and rivers

for words, raise the wind and rain

for a tongue, and explain the

great void,turning the

incomparable

wheel.

 

Dogen

 

If you can

go on like this for three

or four or five decades without

changing or deviating, then it will also

be thus, for a thousand lifetimes and ten

thousand aeons. As the saying goes,

“Hardest of all to find are people

who will persevere

forever.”

 

Yuanwu

  

Forget

thoughts and

feelings and ideas of self. 

Remaining ordinary, foregoing

airs, persevering in simplicity for

years and decades, you enter 

into the Oneness,

and it into

you.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 47

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if you could depart from it, it wouldn’t be the tao

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The Tao

is the law of nature,

which you can’t depart from

even for one instant. If you could depart

from it, it wouldn’t be the Tao. Thus the mature person

looks into his own heart and respects what is unseen and unheard.

Nothing is more manifest than the hidden; nothing is more

obvious than the unseen. Thus the mature

person pays attention to what

is happening in

his inmost

self.

 

Tzu-ssu

a fine place to do active meditation work is among confusion and disturbances

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When

you set your body

on the meditation bench,

it is no more than silencing and

emptying the mind and investigating with

your whole being. Just make your mind and thoughts

clarify and become still. A fine place to do active meditation work is

among confusion and disturbances. When you do active meditation, you must

penetrate through the heights and the depths, without omitting anything.

The whole essential being appears ready-made before you, and it

no longer arises from anywhere else. It is just this one Great

Potential, turning smoothly and steadily. Why talk

anymore about “worldly phenomena” and

“enlightened truth”? If you maintain a

uniform equilibrium over months

and years, naturally your

stand will be true

and solid. 
 

Yuanwu

 

weapons turn on their wielders

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Those who

wish to use Tao to influence

others don’t rely on force or weapons

or military strategies.  Force rebounds.

Weapons turn on their wielders.

Battles are inevitably

followed by

famines.

 

Just do

what needs to be

done,  and then stop.

Attain your purpose, but

don’t press  your advantage.

Be resolute, but don’t force.

Succeed, but don’t crow.

Accomplish, but don’t

overpower.

 

Overdoing

things invites decay,

and this is against Tao.

Whatever is against

Tao soon ceases

to be.

 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 30


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want to be at peace anywhere in the universe?

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Pause 

to consider 

the widespread degree 

to which people prefer chasing 

fame and fortune to refining their 

understanding of the Way. The evidence 

is that status and riches make people 

more insecure and frantic, 

not less, but do 

they examine 

this?

 

The wise 

person does,

and acts accordingly. 

She divests herself of unnecessary 

possessions and abandons frenetic activity. 

With her quiet mind and untroubled 

heart, she is at home anywhere 

in the universe wearing 

a patched 

robe.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 53

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God is love.

He who hates does

not know God, but he who

has love has the key that unlocks

the door to the meaning

of ultimate

reality.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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Prayers

for the dead are on the

same footing as gifts for the living.

The angel goes in to the dead with a tray of light,

bearing a cloth of light, and says, “This is a gift for you

from your brother so-and-so, from your relative

so-and-so.” And he delights in it just as

a living man rejoices

in a gift.

 

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“if there is a way forward, it lies in these words: restraint, quality, and simplicity.”

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Twenty-five years ago, a Japanese friend gave me a telescoping fiberglass pole with no reel seat. It was a beautiful, precious gift; light, sensitive, and elegant. When I received this tenkara rod, I didn’t really understand what I was getting. I stored it on a shelf in my cabin for 15 years until one day I decided to try it on a willow-lined meadow creek in the Wyoming Range. It was a very windy day in August, and grasshoppers were being blown about, so I put on a muddler and fished it upstream as a hopper and downstream as a sculpin. The thin, heavy horsehair line cut through the wind far better than a floating fly line and I moved from pool to pool without having to reel in line and let it out again. I caught fish in every pool: nice cut-throats up to 16 inches.

 

This centuries-old technique was perfect for fly fishing that day and since that time I have found it to be as effective for catching lots of fish as anything that has come out of our high-tech fly-fishing industry. Heaven knows we fly fisherman are suckers for every new gizmo we think will give us a leg up on catching fish: Our trout rods are designed to throw lead-weighted streamers clear across the river and reels come with drags engineered to stop a truck, even though any old click drag will stop a trout. Hundreds of fly lines are available to us, yet I seriously doubt you will catch one more trout with a line fine-tuned to the conditions than with a classic doublt taper. The original pheasant tail nymph may still be the most effective nymph ever tied.

 

We love our tools, but too often they are overbuilt and over specialized. They get between us and the experience. The satisfaction to be gained from the synergy of hand, eye, and muscle are missing. Sheridan Anderson says in The Curtis Creek Manifesto, “despite rumors to the contrary, the paramount objective is to catch fish,” but in the pursuit of the catch you will gain so much more. The higher purpose of practicing a sport such as fly fishing, hunting, or mountain climbing is to effect some spiritual or physical transformation.  But if the process is compromised, there is no gain.

 

What’s happened with fly fishing is no different from what’s happened with every other sport or pastime — in fact, with society as a whole.

 

We all know the present world economy based on endlessly consuming and discarding is destroying our planet. When we see the results of our high-tech, high-risk, and highly toxic economic system, many of us question our frenetic consumer lifestyles. We years for a simpler life based not on refusing all technology, but on going back to appropriate technology.

 

It seems to me if there is a way forward, it lies in these words: restraint, quality, and simplicity. We have to get away from thinking that all growth is good, or we end up like the fly fishermen so fixated on launching long casts that they put the fly beyond where the fish are.

 

I believe the way toward mastery of any endeavor is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge. The more you know, the less you need. A more simple approach to fly fishing helps preserve our capacity for wonder. It can teach us to see, smell, and feel the miracles of stream life — with the beauty of nature and serenity all around — as we pursue wild fish.

 

The lesson we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn’t fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing — and more more importantly, living.

 
Yvon Chouinard
 

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die the great death, and meet what never dies

meditation

Die

the great death,

and in the cool  ashes of  

the funeral pyre you will

meet what never

dies.

 

How is 

this accomplished?

By letting go of thoughts,

sacrificing all sentiment,

abandoning emotion,

ignoring the

senses.

 

Solitary,

transcendent, unseeking, 

absorbed in stillness and doing

not-doing, you will find that

the universe comes

to you.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 12

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