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Morning Routine

Good morning! I just thought I'd check in at this point with my morning routine for the usual suspects, friends, family, myself in the future, and people who might be interested after I finish this incarnation, et cetera.

This is a weekday morning schedule, and I've discovered through trial and error that it's a good idea to start Saturdays and Sundays with something very similar to this, though the exact timing may vary.

So, the exact way it worked today (it worked particularly well this morning, hence the interest in recording it here) was as follows:

6:07am Wake up, grab the water bottle from beside the bed, put on boxers and bathrobe and go outside to the yoga mat on the East side of the house.

I'm looking these up as I go and will try to include all the Sanskrit names for the poses I do regularly in this post (eventually). Starting with Tadasana Samasthiti(Mountain pose), then reaching up with both arms upward coming together into prayer hands above the he…

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-so…

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…