Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Practice is Awakening

Zen master Eihei Dogen wrote:

A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. When their activity is large their field is large. When their need is small their field is small. Thus, each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm. If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. If the fish leaves the water it will die at once.

This is a small-big reminder: to sit is to fully enter the realm of awakening. Dropping the body-mind, this collection of habits, tensions, expectations, desires… you find the place where everything is complete, nothing is lacking. [Click through to read more and to sit along with today's video.] If you chase Buddhas, you will find nothing but Buddhas. The realization Dogen talks about is bigger than our idea of what Buddha is like, what enlightenment is like. The practice-realization is to give up any of our demands and secret wishes to just allow that freedom to arise, bird in sky, fish in water.[Click through to read more, hear today's talk, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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  1. Posted August 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Merci, content de vous voir revenu. Chacun de vos vidéos sont une joie à regarder et écouter. Vous arrive-t-il d’en faire en français? L’anglais est la langue par laquelle j’ai accès aux enseignements. Je suis bilingue mais je me suis toujours demandé si les idées auraient une portée différente dans ma langue natale. Au fond, tant que les idées et les mots ne nous emprisonnent pas. :)

    Salutation du Canada.

  2. Mark
    Posted August 17, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Welcome home. Thank-you for this. m

  3. Don
    Posted August 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks very much, Taigu.

  4. taigu
    Posted August 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    En francais?… Pourquoi pas, why not? it just happens that Treeleaf is an English speaking community. The ultimate reality has no language although the importance of language cannot be denied and is at the core of our human experience-being. We generate our reality through language, so, you are right: the world seen by a froggy offers a slightly different texture. Thank you anyway for your appreciation of my useless ramblings.

  5. Nigel99
    Posted August 19, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Thank you Taigu.

  6. Luis/Jinyu
    Posted August 20, 2010 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Merci pour ce merveilleux enseignement!


  7. Posted August 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Ahahah, yes, well, Those useless ramblings are much more useful than most of what I stumble upon each day, so, yes, ramble away. cheers.

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