Dwelling Together, Intermingling, Without Hindrance

The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dwelling Together, Intermingling, Without Hindrance
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 09/11/2022

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 35 – The Dialog of Manjusri and Wu Cho

“In the first moment of contact, what we see, what we hear, is not obscured. Sound and form are purely real, they are just as they are, they are not anything other. But our mind, in an instant, before we know it, without our seeing it, floods that image or that sound or that taste, or touch, with all of our mind’s karmic burden. All our perceptions, our views, our beliefs, our memories, and so on. While our senses simply perceive things, non-obscured, our mind then begins to in a flash obscures and gives meaning, which is taught. Everything in society teaches us what those things mean. All of those ways we separate and exclude and include and create conflict and wealth and poverty, the whole mass of suffering.

“To be able to separate the profound from the naive, to distinguish a jewel from a stone, is actually necessary. If we can’t discern within our own practice of what is practice according to the dharma and what is not, what is a serving or habitual desire, and what is an impulse or sense of a direction that we can trust, it’s going to be very difficult to practice. So we need to learn how to distinguish. But to do so without malice, without ill will. With clarity. And without infusing a sense of absolute truth into those things that we are discerning.”

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