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Offline dharmacat_

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Simple life
« on: March 21, 2015, 02:39:13 pm »
In the spirit of Buddha ultimately saying to take precepts/teachings as master and be your own light, this I believe shed the way to old school ch'an where direct methods of practice evolved when formal monasteries weren't available. To practice the practice "beyond words and letters" is something I think we can all do in the west where most of us don't even have a practice center to practice in but have enough faith in this stuff to at least give silent illumination for example, a decent try.

In our tradition we practice seeing the world as it is, in that silent illumination mind, dropping the narrative of whatever the environment presents. For me this has resulted in a honest capacity to cut my belongings to what I at the given time see as non negotiable requirements for food, shelter, and medicine but not a inch more into sensual indulgence or a inch less into asceticism.

I live a simple and content life helping where I feel it is wise to help and enjoying my time working to drop whatever subtle craving I feel pulling that isn't a necessity.

How Ch'an buddhism takes shape in the west has yet to be determined but I feel afforded from it a degree of happiness and peace I never enjoyed before even when I was far better off in contemporary eyes.

The gateless gate is everywhere at anytime if you drop the pursuit of it or anything else. I was busy trying to find the right time, the right place, the right center, the right teacher, the right circumstances before I finally dropped this ideal pursuit and just got on with it.

I hope this has been helpful to anyone that might have similar hangups.



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