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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Realm of the Real Dharma

Men are afraid to forget their minds, fearing to fall through the Void with nothing to stay their fall. They do not know that the Void is not really void, but the realm of the real Dharma.

-Huang Po, "Zen Teaching of Huang Po"

From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

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4 comments:

isaiah said...

We do not know how to 'forget' our minds in the western world. I believe if given the lesson (the opportunity to learn 'thinking- no thinking', who would not choose this forgetting away from all attachment. Yes, there is fear as well (by design- this fear is well devised) but once one knows there is nowhere to go beyond here, now- the fear begins to fall away.

It is beautiful, beautiful- by design and our forgetting can sometimes take many, many lifetimes. It is as simple as this; there is a place where, once again, we are united with our source...this place is beyond our thinking- and is the 'Void' where all is, now.

"Beyond all wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there someday." Rumi

isaiah said...
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"James" said...

Well said Isaiah. I love that quote from Rumi. Our source and enlightenment are already with us we just need to remember to let go into that space.

ash said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth

i wonder about this in light of your post. How these two ideas affect one another if they do. I think they do. But also, isiah, what you are talking about IS very difficult for so many reasons. Some of them I understand. Some of them I don't. But anyway.... thanks

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