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May 21, 2009

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MyoChi

Well said Barry - lets support each other. Personally, for me, I tend to get lost very much in my own ego world and forget the fact of emptyness and interconnectedness. I could not sit without the support of all, may I support every one in their sitting.

Alice

Ahhh ... Emptiness is again ... Form. Hello World! How can I help? How can I help? How can I ....

mama p

I have been so grateful that you've posted this series on the pictures. And that last line of Shīyuǎ's poem is a sound knock on wood!

jill irwin

This post is especially timely for me - I just learned a friend has invasive breast cancer and I want to help her. She has lots of family and friends involved, but I am trying to point towards the present moment in my posts to her blog. Will be cooking some meals soon. And invited her to come to Blue Heron, but one thing at a time. She is no doubt feeling overwhelmed and deluged with offers of support and advice.
So one thing at a time. Thank you, jill

Lauren Crane

I will wear green
And I will say "just let the dead tree bloom again.
I will see the man dying.
And I will say "just let the dead tree bloom again,
And wrap him in tender leaves in his fear,
And still his body racking agony with strong limbs.
I will feel threatened, and abandoned, and lost in life,
And I will say "just let the dead tree bloom again" and cling to the trunk
and fall through the bark
into the root
to before my face was formed.
What is the meaning of Bodhidharma coming to China... to let the dead tree bloom again.

Barry Briggs

MyoChi - I barely understand how much we need one another. Thank you for walking this path with me, and with all beings.

Alice - When we return to "form is form, emptiness is emptiness," then our correct function also becomes clear. At that time . . . just do it!

Barry Briggs

Hi MamaP - Thank you for your kind comment. I'm afraid that I don't understand Shiyua's last line - good Zen teaching, perhaps, but check out Lauren's remarkable poem below.

Hi Jill - I'm so sorry to learn of your friend's cancer.
Kwan Seum Bosal Kwan Seum Bosal Kwan Seum Bosal
Kwan Seum Bosal Kwan Seum Bosal Kwan Seum Bosal
Kwan Seum Bosal Kwan Seum Bosal Kwan Seum Bosal
Yes, just one thing at a time, in this place, in this moment.

Lauren - I'm stunned by your remarkable poem and have nothing to say. Thank you so much, my friend. Really, it brings tears to my eyes.

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