Buddha Nature

The roots of the idea of one’s Buddha Nature are to be found in Early Buddhism; its flowering, in the Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Zen. What is this elusive quality of Being which grounds Awakening, and allows us to step forth into a kind of freedom that’s deeply connected to all the world? Michael guided our reflections on this puzzling and enlivening aspect of our existence.

Some material read by Michael follows:

Born in this World You got to suffer Everything Changes You got no soul

Try to be gay Ignorant Happy You get the blues You eat jellyroll

This is one way
You take the high road In your big Wheel
8 steps you fly

Look at the View Right to Horizon Talk to the Sky Act like you talk

Work like the sun Shine in your heaven See what you done Come down & walk

Sit you sit down
Breathe when you breathe Lie down you lie down Walk where you walk

Talk when you talk
Cry when you cry
Lie down you lie down Die when you die

Look when you look Hear what you hear
Taste what you taste here Smell what you smell

Touch what you touch Think what you think Let go Let it go Slow Earth Heaven & Hell

Die when you die
Die when you die
Lie down you lie down Die when you die

Gospel Noble Truths —Allen Ginsberg

The Four Great Vows

Sentient Beings are numberless, I vow to save them all
Delusion are endless, I vow to cut through them all
dharma gates are infinite, I vow to pass through them all
The Buddha way is inconceivable, I vow to attain it.

To study the buddha way is to study the self.
to study the self is to forget the self
To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand dharmas to be enlightened by the ten thousand dharma is to free one’s body and mind and those of others.
No trace of enlightenment remains, and this traceless enlightenment continues forever.

From Genjokoan, Dogen

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