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name is the Big Book, and my future is up for auction
On June 10, 1935, Robert Smith, a physician from Akron, Ohio, took his last drink. He and William Wilson (later better known as Dr. Bob and Bill W.) had no idea that the date would later mark the beginning of what some consider one of the most important movements in the 20th century: Alcoholics Anonymous.
Wilson later wrote an account of their philosophy that only an alcoholic could help another alcoholic quit drinking and the lives of other alcoholics that is referred to as the Big Book, the movements bible.
Its value has been estimated by the auction house as $300,000 to $500,000. The sale, scheduled for Friday, has created excited speculation among collectors and scholars about who will buy it, and a debate about its value and rightful place.
Who Am I?
am I? They often tell me I would step from my cells confinement calmly,
cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country-house.
The Song of the Vision of Cutting Through to the Clear Light of the Great Perfection, which has the Potential of Leading us Quickly Through the Path and Stages
The Flight Of The Garuda
EHMAHO! Nobel beloved sons and daughters, listen without distraction! All the Victorious Buddhas if the past, present and future have taught eighty-four thousand books of scripture, teaching as boundless as space itself, but all to one end: how to realize the nature of mind. The Buddhas taught nothing more than this.
If the principal root of a tall tree is severed, its ten thousand branches and leaves will wither and die all together; likewise, when the single root of mind is cut, the leaves of samsara, such as dualistic clinging, perish.
The empty house that has stood in darkness for millennia is illuminated instantly by a single lamp; likewise, an instants realization of the minds clear light eradicates negative propensities and mental obscurations inculcated over countless aeons.
The brilliance and clarity of sunlight cannot be dimmed by aeons of darkness; likewise, the radiance of the minds essential nature cannot be obscured by aeons of delusion.
Indeterminate is the color and shape of the sky, and its nature is unaffected by black or white clouds; likewise, the color and shape of minds nature is indeterminate, and it cannot be tainted by black or white conduct, by virtue or vice.
Milk is the basis of butter, but the butter will not separate until the milk is churned; likewise, human nature is the ground of Buddhahood, but without existential realization sentient beings cannot awaken.
Through gnostic experience of the nature of reality, through practice of these precepts, all beings can gain freedom; regardless of the acuity of his faculties even a cowherd attains liberation if his existential experience is nondual realization.
When you realize the clear light of minds nature, the pundits words of wisdom are redundant. How relevant is anothers description of the taste of treacle when your mouth is full of it?
Even the pundit is deluded if he has no existential realization. He may be skilled in comprehensive exposition of the nine approaches to Buddhahood, but he is as far distant from Buddhahood as the earth is from the sky if he knows of it only from second-hand accounts.
You may keep your strict moral discipline for an aeon and patiently practice meditation for an eternity, but if you have yet to realize the clear light of the minds immaculate nature you will not extricate yourself from the three realms of samsara. Diligently examine the nature of your mind!
Zen Activism, Personal Transformation, and Global Healing
can summarize my talk simply by saying that I feel that we face a calamitous situation
in world today, and that we all have a moral responsibility to work to change
it. How this is done, and how each of us integrates our work with our own faith
are of course private and personal matters.
I would like to conclude by summarizing:
I also feel
Lees de volledige toespraak (pdf-bestand, 81 kB).
Taizan Maezumi, Roshi
To be and to function
Being and doing
They are active.
Kanjizai is the one who sees
So how do we function together
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