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lunch break @ the hiding place

Largely inspired by reading Shobogenzo, on March 15th, 2013, I took up a particular self-discipline for my lunch breaks at work:

April 2013

That is, sitting meditation, or Zazen (坐 "Za", meaning seat or sitting, and 禅 "Zen" meaning meditation). More specifically, walking up ten flights of stairs to a secluded area near the roof of the building I work in, then doing a Hatha Yoga set, then sitting in Full Lotus (getting there, at least) the way Dogen says to in Fukanzazengi.

At first, this was much more of an athletic endeavor than a meditative one, since my legs aren't used to this. It's been a little over a month now doing this about twice a day for 20 minutes each (once during lunch break, during weekdays, and once in the evening at home), and while it is still a challenge, I find myself more able to let go into the meditative state, rather than simply enduring pain the whole time. Also, while I'm generally adhering to the eyes-open hands-like-s…

The Brightness

the whole Universe in ten directions is the brightness of the self.

the whole Universe in ten directions exists within the brightness of the self.

in the whole Universe in ten directions
there is no-one
who is not

this light illuminates
the eighteen thousand Buddha-lands
of the East.

"Buddha lands" means inside of the eyes.

the Buddha's light is not blue, yellow,
red, or white.

it was just the light that was guarded
by the dragon-gods.

it is the hundred weeds around you.

it is already their roots, stems,
twigs, leaves,
flowers, light, and color.

it is never something added or taken away.

how is it that mountains, rivers, and the Earth
suddenly appear?

the whole Universe in ten directions
is the brightness of the self.

transcendence of the common
and transcendence of the sacred
are the indigo and vermillion
of the brightness

practice and experience
are the brightness being separated
into means and end

smoke, mist, wa…

Words for the day: 明明百艸頭

明明百艸頭: Mei-Mei (taru) Hyaku-so-to

"utterly clear are the hundred weeds" - Hotei

(by "weeds" meaning, for example, the various miscellaneous concrete things around you right now)

Words for the Day: 一盲引衆盲

一盲引衆盲: (Ichimō [no] shūmō [o] hi[ku]): "a blind person leading many blind people.”

Word for the Day: 無


無 is pronounced "wu" in Chinese, and "mu" in Japanese. Some English synonyms might be "no", "not", "emptiness", "nothingness", and "you're letting your monkey mind lead you around again, your question is basically stupid, I'm not going to get sucked into an inane conversation with you again. Now go sit on your pillow and stare at the wall like a good boy."

Pearls of Samurai Wisdom

A descendant should act in a way that will manifest the good in his ancestor and not the bad. This is filial piety.


To give a person one’s opinion and correct his faults is an important thing. It is compassionate and comes first in matters of service. But the way of doing this is extremely difficult. To discover the good and bad points of a person is an easy thing, and to give an opinion concerning them is easy, too. For the most part, people think that they are being kind by saying the things that others find distasteful or difficult to say. But if it is not received well, they think that there is nothing more to be done. This is completely worthless. It is the same as bringing shame to a person by slandering him. It is nothing more than getting it off one’s chest.

To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not. One must become close with him and make sure that he continually trusts one’s word. Approaching …