Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Middle Way

On the right hand side of the Middle Way is over-excited, too hasty reaction; over-exertion; a rigidly upright sitting posture in Zazen. The antidote to this is nirodha-satya, the truth of stopping.

On the left hand side of the Middle Way is aimless wandering, drift. The antidote to this is marga-satya, the truth of right direction.

The right direction in Zazen is, mainly, up. There are other directions too: torso not only lengthening upwards but simultaenously expanding outwards, head and limbs releasing out of the torso, fingers lengthening, wrists and elbows opening--indeed, all joints 0pening up, altogether, as one.

What is difficult for us to understand is that these directions cannot be done unconsciously. They can only be allowed. And allowing is a conscious act.

This is why Master Dogen wrote in Fukan-zazengi Shinpitsu-bon, "When something arises in the mind, just wake up."

To wake up. To become conscious. Not to do unconsciously, but to be conscious.

This is the thing that we have difficulty understanding and difficulty believing. We don't trust the power of conscious allowing. We don't believe that it might be possible for us to effect real change, unless we make the kind of effort with which we are familiar, which is unconscious doing.

6 Comments:

Blogger MikeDoe said...

In the middle way there is no left and right.

Real change is not real change.
When their is real change it is only living. No different from anything else.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

Look around you.
What do you see?
Have you been here before?
Can you describe it?
Where do you want to go?
What do you want to do?
You know how the story ends.
It's time to put down the book.
It's time to write a new one.
The first chapter awaits.
What is in it?
I do not know.
The words are not yet written.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger oxeye said...

just wake up can mean 1000 things to 1000 people. just wake up.

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Michael Tait said...

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Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

FW: "We do zazen to allow the unconscious.

I have taken this basic fact and expanded it into a fair amount of detail on my blog Allowing the Ineffable to Arise (Basic Theory).

I can see from what you have written that you 'know' how to do it. Whether or not you 'liked' the answer I don't know.

Anyway, your own experiences will tell you whether or not I know anything about what I write.

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

Mike,
you might want to take a look at my blog and FW blog. You could say that we have had a disagreement.

Please take this as input to wherever you are at the moment.

Saturday, January 14, 2006  

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