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Moving toward the Winter Light, Valerie Forstman (Video)

December 12, 2020

Little bodhisattvas come and eat your rice.

Valerie explores the ensuing silence that occurs when Vimalakirti is asked, What is the bodhisattva entering the dharma-gate of non-duality (or the gate of not two)? Vimalakirti opens a portal to the world of many fragrances. How can we realize this world?

Valerie turns to Blue Cliff Record Koan 74 Chin Niu’s Rice Bucket.  Dear Bodhisattva’s come and eat your rice. Chin Niu presents the entire world to the monks, if they see it, they enter the world of not two. If we see it, our separate self cannot survive. The rice is our whole body.

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