Consistent Conduct

“Consistent conduct of a person of the Way, the perseverance of practice, of study of the self, of offering this very life as a ceaseless thread, is like the perseverance of clouds drifting across the boundlessness of the sky or like the moon’s unbiased illumination. There is no stumbling or resting, no loss of direction, no judgment. There is no effort amidst exhaustive relinquishing of limitations. With no grasping mind there is no possibility of attachment. With utter and complete freedom, there is a beginningless and endless journey.” The Flavor of Liberation, Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei, From Cultivating the Empty Field, The Conduct of Moon and Clouds

This sounds like the choiceless awareness experience I’ve been contemplating, only from the inside.

I have the book Cultivating the Empty Field by Hongzhi Zhengjue. I love it. He is pre-Dogen. The book speaks from the perspective of equanimity. There is a Zen quote that expresses the spirit of the book (but is not from the book). “The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences,” says Seng-T’san on the faith mind. I simply read from the book and feel spacious.

You are the sky and not the clouds; you are the moon’s unbiased illumination. Getting things done does not require drama.

 

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About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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