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2012 Winter Ango V: Inconceivable Giving and Receiving

Dharma talk for Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Jisho Warner: Winter Ango Part V: Inconceivable Giving and Receiving.

The Wholehearted Way is a love song to the world. All beings awaken, each in our own way. We humans awaken into awareness of the underlying natural fabric of the world by wholeheartedly participating in life. The world we wake up to is immeasurable, incomprehensibly grander than we can possibly think. The land, trees and grasses, fences and walls, tiles and pebbles, all the various things in the ten directions perform the work of the buddhas. Those who receive the benefits produced by these wind and water elements are inconceivably helped by the buddhas’ wondrous guidance, and all awaken intimately to themselves.

2012 Winter Ango II: The Buddha Mudra

Dharma talk for Monday, January 16, 2012 by Jisho Warner: Winter Ango Part II: The Buddha Mudra

The heart of the Bendowa, Dogen’s Wholehearted Way, is the section called Jijuyu Samadhi (or Zanmai), the samadhi of the who giving-and-receiving self. He lays out his immense vision of the meaning of zazen in the life of the individual practitioner and of the universe of all beings. He says that when a person takes on the buddha-mudra with their whole body and mind, all space and all beings awaken. What is the buddha mudra?