buddha has gotten into your nostrils

here is what a buddha is

Master Ciming said to an assembly, “The body of reality is formless; it manifests forms in response to beings.”

(Dahui holds up his staff.) This is a staff — what is the reality body? Leaving this complication aside, the communal hall and Buddha shrine have gotten into your nostrils, the waters of the four great oceans are on your heads, the dragon kings are under your fingernails — do you feel them? 

If you feel them, you go three thousand by day, eight hundred by night, smoke rising under your feet, fire rising on your heads. If you don’t know, eat when hungry, sleep when tired.

(Dahui planted his staff once.)

Dahui

 

the highest good is like water

kadir nelson

 

The highest

good is like water,

which benefits all things and

contends with none. It flows in low

places that others disdain, and

thus it is close to

the tao.

 

In living,

choose your ground well.

In thought, stay deep in the heart.

In relationships, be generous.

In speaking, hold to the truth.

In leadership, be organized.

In work, do your best.

In action, be

timely.

 

If you compete with no one,

no one can compete with you.
 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 8

 

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possession in great measure

amel bashir taha

 

In the early days

your peace of mind will be challenged.

By maintaining humility, detachment, and alertness

to the approach of evil, you ensure that your

greatest possession endures.

 

first changing line

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 14, Ta Yu / Possession in Great Measure

 

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the tao doesn’t avoid the world

true mastery

 

Do you think

you can clear your mind

by sitting constantly in silent

meditation? This makes

your mind narrow,

not clear.

 


Integral awareness is

fluid and adaptable, present in all

places and at all times.
 That is

true meditation.


Who can attain

clarity and simplicity by

avoiding the world? The Tao is clear

and simple, and it doesn’t

avoid the world.

 

Why not simply honor

your parents,
 love your children, 
help

your brothers and sisters, 
be faithful to your

friends, 
care for your mate with devotion,
 complete

your work cooperatively and joyfully,
 assume responsibility

for problems,
 practice virtue without first demanding

it of others, 
understand the highest truths yet

retain an ordinary manner?


That would be true clarity,

true simplicity, true

mastery.

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 52

 

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