Friday, June 24, 2011

Study Hall - Shobogenzo

'Practice Period', 'Ango', reads more like the Gyoji Kihan than most of the Shobogenzo, and I read it wishing that we would incorporate some part of the ceremonies outlined into the beginning and closing of Tassajara practice periods.
"If we are fortunate enough to practice a summer practice period before our dewlike life drops down, whether in the realm of humans or devas, we will surely replace our skin, flesh, bones, and marrow with the skin, flesh, bones, and marrow of buddha ancestors. During every practice period it is the buddha ancestors who come to practice with everyone, and everyone who participates in the practice period practices as a buddha ancestor".


Jeannie said...

Just stopping by to say hi. How are you doing?? :)

Shundo said...

Hi Jeannie,

That's very sweet of you. I am just off to take part in the Pride Parade with the Zen Center contingent, and it is a high energy day around here, so things feel pretty good all round right now.