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Re: Bodhidharma's teaching
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2016, 08:39:42 am »
External practices are like the leaves and branches. Quiescent stillness is the root -- the abode of all the Buddhas.

An old master said, "I know what others know, but others do not know what I know."

 
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at http://www.frogzen.com

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Re: Bodhidharma's teaching
« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2016, 04:45:46 pm »
External practices are like the leaves and branches. Quiescent stillness is the root -- the abode of all the Buddhas.

An old master said, "I know what others know, but others do not know what I know."

Interesting analogy to associate 'stillness' with the root of a tree, Zafrogzen. Do you not know that roots are in a constant state of growth and activity?  :wink1:

The area covered by roots below the ground is often far greater than the area covered by the foliage above the ground. Root growth takes place constantly and opportunistically whenever the environment provides the water, oxygen, minerals, general support and warmth necessary for growth. Soil microfauna are constantly nibbling away at tree roots, frequently causing death and injury and resulting in new roots forming rapidly.

The population and concentration of roots in the soil are as dynamic as the population of leaves in the air above, if not more so.  Are you sure your analogy is still relevant?  :wink1:


 


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