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The Essential World and Total Circumstance, Valerie Forstman (Video)

May 7, 2023

How does just-sitting nourish the positive samadhi of activity? How to step off the 100-foot pole of cessation into everywhere, everyone? Ryoun Roshi says “the dewdrop world must be forgotten – but we can’t forget it, only deepen.” There is nowhere else.

Hekiganroku Case 36, Chosa Goes for a Walk, speaks generously to such subtle relations, and of the beauty and thoroughgoing activity of this all-too-human, all-too-creaturely world. Spring mountains, personal tragedy, an absorbing sadness: could each be a face of the untrammeled world, nothing alien, our native ground?

Photo by Roberto Lopez on Unsplash

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