Ox-Herding Picture, No. 3

I seize him with a terrific struggle.
His great will and power
are inexhaustible.
He charges to the high plateau
far above the cloud-mists,
Or in an impenetrable ravine he stands.

At this stage the person has engaged in their Buddhist practice. Here the mind is apparent most of the time. No longer is the person lost in delusion, being not even aware of how they really are. For the first time the undisciplined activities of the mind are addressed. At first it seems so difficult with old, habitual patterns of thought rising up and overwhelming us. Sometimes our mind runs wild. Sometimes it is stuck, not moving with circumstances.

Reverend Eshin

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Dharma Study Group



Being Upright
Reb Anderson

 

First Meeting: Sunday, March 2nd; "Y" Building

Ronnie will be leading the Study Group this session and she says: "We will be meeting Sundays after the morning practice at 10:15 in the living room of the "Y" (YWCA) in downtown Old Bisbee. We will be working from Reb Anderson's book, Being Upright, that focuses on the Bodhisattva precepts in our Soto/Rinzai Zen tradition. Reb Anderson was a dharma student of Suzuki Roshi and later Baker Roshi of the San Francisco Zen Center. He held many leadership and teaching positions at SFZC and eventually became the abbot there from 1986 to 1995. Reb writes in a very accessible, humanistic and entertaining style. His treatment of the refuges and precepts is quite unique, insightful and deeply compassionate. We think that you will find him very helpful on your own journey. Everyone is very welcome to join us. Initially you will not need a book, but you may want a copy for your own personal study at home. You can drop in once or as often as you like, we'll be there. If anyone has any specific questions, please call at 366-5680 or email, zangha@msn.com

 
 

Pursue not the outer entanglements,
Dwell not in the inner void;
Be serene in the oneness of things,
And [dualism] vanishes by itself.
Bodhidharma