Seeing beauty, truth & goodness in the ten thousand things

Ikkyu – see HERE

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I was so happy that my friends at A Circle of Friends an Interspirituality site – HERE– sent out this quotation;

“Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind.

A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable treasure.

Dusk, rain on the river, the moon peeking in and out of the clouds.

Elegant beyond words, he chants his songs night after night.”

~Ikkyu~

to put alongside this;

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.

and this;

“Tao gives birth to one,

One gives birth to two,

Two gives birth to three,

Three gives birth to ten thousand beings.

Ten thousand beings carry yin on their backs and embrace yang in their front,

Blending these two vital breaths to attain harmony.”

along with this;

 

“Every being in the universe

is an expression of the Tao.

It springs into existence,

unconscious, perfect, free,

takes on a physical body,

lets circumstances complete it.

That is why every being spontaneously honors the Tao.

 

“The Tao gives birth to all beings,

nourishes them, maintains them,

cares for them, comforts them, protects them,

takes them back to itself,

creating without possessing, acting without expecting,

guiding without interfering.

 That is why love of the Tao is in the very nature of things.”  


(Stephen Mitchell’s interpretation of chapter 51 or the Tao Te Ching talks of the ongoing relationship between Tao and

the ten thousand things – SOURCE )

 

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