SANGHA
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by mugaisangha
4d ago
I contributed to confusion in my choice of the word “lineage” in describing Padma Marigold. I am fully in the lineage of Sujata Buddha and Shakymuni Buddha through Jitsudo Roshi to us, the NoGate Sangha of Buddhist practitioners. Other words for what I am conveying are school, order, tributary, branch, oceandrop – blossom. Padma Marigold Blossoming. Sangha. A precious jewel. Interpenetrating Buddha and Dharma. NoGate Sangha is a Buddhist Sangha. This has certain implications.  The first is that the seeker must have the expressed intention to explore the Buddhist paths of practice. In our ..read more
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THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
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by mugaisangha
1w ago
RIGHT SPEECH To study the Way is to study the self…” – Master Dogen In truth, there is nothing other than our self that is available to study on this path. Studying the five skandhas that we call “me,” what do we find? Right speech is included in The Noble eightfold Path and Then Ten Grave Precepts/Sixteen bodhisattva Precepts. Right does not point to right vs. wrong; it is not really an encouragement to judge our own or others speech from an abstract moral high-ground. We are encouraged to speak from our heartminds’ Bodhichitta. Bodhichitta, the aspiration or intention for awakening into com ..read more
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NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
No Gate Zen Center Blog
by mugaisangha
2w ago
WHAT ELSE IS POSSIBLE Sujata Buddha embodied the Noble Eightfold Path. After being nurtured back to the middle way, Shakymuni Buddha then experienced series of at least five dreams and three visions which then manifested as enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Shakymuni Buddha then enunciated the Four Noble Truths, followed by the Noble Eightfold Path. It is interesting that the first of the eight is “Right View.” This first path can be difficult to fully embody without the guidance of a teacher in the lineage. It is crucially important to find and study with a teacher with whom we resonate. I ..read more
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Space
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by mugaisangha
3w ago
Reflections on the Keith Dowman Radical Dzogchen Retreat attended and written by Andy Morales Love. Space. All encompassing and vivid. 26 letters of the alphabet could not encompass this. I strike through directly, the arrow pierces through.  Fully let be. This is it. You’ve always arrived: arrived within the timeless present. You have nowhere left to go. Let be. Let go. Rest in natural presence. You cannot perfect it! This is the essence of nonmeditation. You cannot make a mirror out of a stone. The mirror is a mirror, the stone is a stone. You cannot look for it! Beyond all concepts ..read more
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Beyond I, Me, My, Mine
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by mugaisangha
3w ago
Awake, there is both joy and pain. Bliss. The Rainbow Body manifesting complete, originally and all ways. All of us Beings, manifesting from the Great Ocean, that is so far beyond what is imagined as an ocean. The Great Ocean of Dharmakaya, beyond non-dual, filled with wisdom, compassion, unconditioned love. Manifesting through and within the Joy Body of Sambhogakaya, the ever-present insubstantiality of dream-body consciousness. Manifesting as light, not merely the colors of the rainbow. All the light that is invisible to the ordinary human form eye. The woinds of change manifesting as the e ..read more
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IS THIS A DELIGHTFUL PROSPECT?
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by mugaisangha
1M ago
Mumon’s commentary to Case 1 in the Gateless Gate: “Now, I want to ask you, what is the barrier of the Ancestors? Why, it is this single word ‘Mu.’  That is the front gate of Zen. Therefore it is called the ‘Mumonkan of Zen.’ If you pass through it, you will not only see Joshu face to face, but you will also go hand in hand with the myriad Ancestors, entangling your eyebrows with theirs, seeing with the same eyes, hearing with the same ears. Isn’t that a delightful prospect? Wouldn’t you like to pass this barrier?” Later, he says: “it will be just as if you swallowed a red-hot iron ..read more
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INSEPARABLE INSEPARABILITY
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by mugaisangha
1M ago
Dharma gates arise choicelessly Mystery doors, to be explored or not explored Swallowing, I swallow the entire universe Absorbing into every cell in this body And being absorbed into every cell in universe. Breathing out, I breath out innumerable universes. Swallowing, breathing, in, out Mystery doors. Exploring, a mystery door. Not-exploring, a mystery door. Choicelessly, a mystery door. Swallowing in and breathing out With no coming or going, A mystery door. Three bells, begin Zazen, Two bells, begin kinhim, One bell, prepare for service, In a Zendo extending beyond innumerable universes A ..read more
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CONFUSION
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by mugaisangha
1M ago
As I write, I’m feeling excitement and passion. When I met Jitsudo Roshi, he offered to me Zen Peacemakers. At that time, a new lineage branch from the established White Plum Lineage. The only requirement was to sit for 90 minutes for 90 days. Easy. The first Tenet of Zen Peacemakers, I learned, is “Not-knowing.” I wanted that. My mind was filled with tons of thoughts, some pleasant, some tormenting. I wanted freedom from thse. I wanted peace and quiet. I wanted to be from from suffering. I wanted the Deva Realm of apparently constant bliss. AND…if Jitsudo Roshi suggested this, I wanted whate ..read more
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Dharma share 5-17-24
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by mugaisangha
1M ago
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q-UPHeDPzcwCa8vvGoQ4808tKwg1aSnY?usp=sharing ..read more
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EMPTINESS…FAITH FAITH MIND
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by mugaisangha
1M ago
Emptiness I listened to a podcast yesterday on Psychedelics Today. It was titled “Depth Psychology, Archetypal Energies, and How Psychedelics Reveal the Soul.” Within the conversation, they discussed “difficult” psychedelic experiences, i.e. “bad trips.” Both participants allowed that when they are having a difficult pwsychedelic experience, they often find themselves remembering models of non-orindary experience, such as Stan Grof’s “The four stages of Birth” for one of the participants, and “The Trickster Archetypal Energy” for the other. Reminding themselves of these matrices, or ..read more
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