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If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by
all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
- Vincent Van
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"When you have understood that all existence,in separation
limitation, is painful, and when you are willing and able to
integrally,in oneness with all life, as pure being, you have
beyond all need of help. You can help another by precept and
and, above all, by your being. You cannot give what you do not
and you don't have what you are not. You can only give what you are
and of that you can give limitlessly."
"But why worry so much about causation? What do
causes matter, when
things themselves are transient? Let come what comes and
let go what
goes - why catch hold of things and enquire about their
"What happens to the body and the mind may not be
within your power to
change, but you can always put an end to your imagining
yourself to be
body and mind. Whatever happens, remind yourself that only
and mind are affected, not yourself."
"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand
about life, ourselves, and the world around us."
photo by Helga Piatscheck
How You Treat Others
Spiritual people often
want unconditional support and understanding
from their friends, family, and
mates, but all too often seem blind
to their own shortcomings when it comes
to the amount of
unconditional support and understanding that they give to
have seen many spiritual people become obsessed with how
others are and assume an arrogant and superior attitude while
completely missing the fact that they themselves are not nearly as
spiritually enlightened as they would like to think that they are.
Enlightenment can be measured by how compassionately and wisely you
interact with others; with all others, not just those who support you
the way that you want. How you interact with those who do not
shows how enlightened you really are.
As long as you perceive that
anyone is holding you back you have not
taken full responsibility for your
own liberation. Liberation means
that you stand free of making demands on
others and life to make you
happy. When you discover yourself to be nothing
but Freedom, you stop
setting up conditions and requirements that need to be
order for you to be happy. It is in the absolute surrender of
conditions and requirements that Liberation is discovered to be who
and what you Are. Then the love and wisdom that flows out of you has
liberating effect on others.
The biggest challenge for most spiritual
seekers is to surrender
their self importance, and see the emptiness of
their own personal
story. It is your personal story that you need to awaken
order to be free. To give up being either ignorant or enlightened is
the mark of liberation and allows you to treat others as your Self.
I am describing is the birth of true
posted by Alan Stoltz to http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/satsangdiarygroup/
"Who Is Your Teacher?" by Kobun
The real purpose of practice is to discover the wisdom
which you have always
been keeping with you. To discover yourself is to
discover wisdom; without
discovering yourself you can never communicate with
anybody. In everyday
life, we can pick up some glimpse of wisdom, like the
polished tool of the
carpenter expresses that there is wisdom in the arm of
the carpenter. It is
invisible, you cannot draw it and show it.
doesn't come from anywhere; it is always there as the exact
awakening--it is always there and everywhere. What you can do is
it, like going to the origin of a river, you take off the fallen
you been to the source of a river? It is a very mystic place.
You get dizzy
when you stay for a while. An especially big river has several
the real source, the farthest point which turns to the major
stream, is moist
and misty, with some kind of ancient smell, and you feel
cold. You feel,
"This isn't the place to go in." There is no springing
water, so you don't
know where the source is. Actually, such place exists in
everyone; the center
of us is like that. From this place, the ancient call
appears, "Why don't you
know me? Living so many years with me, why can't you
call my real
Unfortunately, we cannot travel into such place with this body and
we feel there is such an origin, and from there everything starts.
place you have come, actually, and whatever you do is returning to
spot. In one lifetime you can meet with other people, at least one
beside yourself. So, in other words, two of you discover. This is why
are continuing to live so hard.
The way to discover your origin is
to listen to the one with whom you feel,
"This is it!". It looks like you can
do it by yourself, without others, but
actually, by yourself alone you cannot
discover that origin. Reaching to
that point, you never believe, "This is
it." But pointing to another's
origin directly and saying, "That's my
origin." at that moment another
finger appears, pointing at you, and says,
"No, that's my origin." And you
get dizzy. "Wait a minute, are you my teacher
or are you my student?" And
both say, " No, it doesn't matter. I can be your
student; I'll be an ancient
Buddha for you." The student says this to the
teacher. Without throwing your
whole life and body into others you can never
reach to your own true nature.
The more your understanding of life
becomes clearer, and more exact, and
painfully joyful, the more you feel,
"I'm so bad." The one who appears and
says, "No, you are not bad at all, that
is the way to go." That is your
teacher. Don't misunderstand, this teacher is
not always a person. It can
embrace you like morning dew in a field, and you
get a strange feeling, "Oh,
this is it, my teacher is this field."
to go with your true self is to deeply bow to yourself and ask, "Please,
me know about myself." Because we cannot do it alone, we have to do it
someone who is able to accept our vow. Letting such an occasion occur
supreme awakening is. It is not your creation, you just admire the
where you are and be with it, and that place is the place to meet with
teacher. It doesn't need to be some special kind of place. When you are
little bit mindful about yourself you can create such an opportunity . .
between your children and yourself, between your parents and
Kobun Chino Roshi
[Thanks to Barbara King for supplying
text from Kobun Chino Roshi's talks.
First published in "JIKOJI News", Spring
In 1966 Kobun Chino
Otagawa Roshi came
to USA in assistance of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Francisco Zen Center and Sokoji, a
Soto Zen Temple in San
Kobun Chino Roshi was Abbot of Jikoji
(Los Gatos, CA),
Hokoji (Taos, New Mexico)
and Kaikyoshi of the Soto School in the USA.
died in 2002.
Kobun Chino's Trailer
writes a remembrance of Zen master and famed calligrapher
Kobun Chino Roshi,
who died tragically with his young daughter in July, 2002.
On July 26, 2002, Kobun Chino Roshi drowned trying to save his
five-year-old daughter Maya, who had fallen into a pond. The deaths of father
and daughter were a terrible blowfirst to his wife and two small surviving
children, then to his immediate students, and beyond that to all who had come to
know Kobun and love him for his gentleness, his warmth and the profundity of his