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So Watch the Thought – Text Reading 3/4/12

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So Watch the Thought – Text Reading 3/4/12

Text Reading from 3/4/12 UZ Practice Period: Thus I have heard, The Shakyamuni Buddha said: The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we become. ∞...

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Tao Te Ching -The Anchient Masters Welcomed All Things [v15-16] – Text Reading 2/19/12

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Tao Te Ching -The Anchient Masters Welcomed All Things [v15-16] – Text Reading 2/19/12

 Here is the Text reading from our Practice on 2/19/12 TaoTe Ching [v15-16] – Stephen Mitchell Translation The ancient Masters were profound and subtle. Their wisdom was unfathomable. There is no way to describe it; all we can describe is their appearance. They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest. Fluid as melting ice. Shapable as a block of wood. Receptive as a valley. Clear as a glass of water. Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the...

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Buddha’s Zen – Text Reading 2/12/12

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Featured, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Buddha’s Zen – Text Reading 2/12/12

Text Reading from 2/12/12 UZ Practice Gathering* Buddha’s Zen Thus I have heard, The Historical Buddha said: I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles. I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags. I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake in India as a drop of oil on my foot. I perceive the teachings of the world to be the illusion of magicians. I discern the highest conception of emancipation as a golden brocade in a dream, and view the holy...

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Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen – Text Reading 2/5/12

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Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen – Text Reading 2/5/12

Text reading from Feb 5th UZ Opening Service – Thank you all who attended. _/!\_ May all beings be liberated! Fukanzazengi— Zen Master Dogen “Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen” The Way is originally perfect and all-pervading. How could it be contingent on practice and realization? The true vehicle is self-sufficient. What need is there for special effort? Indeed, the whole body is free from dust. Who could believe in a means to brush it clean? It is never apart from this very place; what is the use of traveling around to practice? And yet, if there is a hair’s-breadth...

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