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Session Teisho

By Tarrant, John, Roshi

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Title: Session Teisho  
Author: Tarrant, John, Roshi
Language: English
Subject: Religion, Buddhism, Buddhism and literature
Collections: BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network
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Excerpt: We have now come a long way deep into the woods, deep into the stillness and when it is like this, it is good to have everything simple. When things are simple, then they shine. Our mind does not get in the way of everything that rises up. Gradually all the attitudes and opinions and feelings and thoughts that are customary to us start to fall away. It's very important to just let them go. Some things are worn out and just need to fall away. You can hold onto them if you wish, but you will regret it. In that simplicity we just keep walking along as if on a mountain path. The most interesting discovery, perhaps, is that whichever portion of the path we're on is joyful, and that this joy actually encompasses our whole lives. It is not a matter just for retreat when we feel the joy. It is something that we can see underlies each moment of life, whether we have a special attitude towards that moment or not; whether we are happy or whether we are sad, underlying it is that great light and joy, the great engines of the world and of your true nature. The important thing is not to get in the way too much. If we keep letting things fall away and stop standing in our own light, then everything becomes clear. It's as if we look into a lake and the lake is entirely still, and you see every tree reflected there, every bird, every cloud in the sky. All the struggle, then, at this time really should be about just letting things go. Everything that sticks to you just let it go and then the moon rises all by itself and spreads its light.


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