Coronavirus Reminding Me of Some Things That are True

In this precariousness I feel deeply a part of the ancient human family.  And am reminded of some ancient human truths.

The Nature of Things

Each moment & thing is impermanent, not-self, unsatisfactory…. and is free & quiescent.

Impermanent – Each thing, inner and outer, is not just someday gone, but always-going.  The gross impermanence of this body ending, the subtle impermanence of this ungraspable flow.

Not Self – Where can I go that’s protected? Where can I go that’s cut off? One thread woven as a single web.

Unsatisfactory – No thing, inner or outer, will ever finally satisfy me. Stop grasping at things.

Free & Quiescent – Each thing, inner and outer, is in itself just this stillness, just this vastness.  Just this freedom from all ways of seeing it.  The drone note, steady and constant: nirvana.

 

Including Death Is Medicine

Turning towards death is turning towards life.

“I inform you, great king, I announce to you, great king: aging and death are rolling in on you. When aging and death are rolling in on you, great king, what should be done?”

“As aging and death are rolling in on me, lord, what else should be done but Dhamma-conduct, right conduct, skillful deeds, meritorious deeds?”

Like a mountain, the messenger says, coming from the east and west, the north and south, as high as the clouds, crushing all living beings in its path.

Just do whatever you think should be done,” the messenger says.

What else should be done but to practice the truth?

 

Now Would Be Good

There is no better time, has never been a better time, to practice the great way.

Generosity – Is there a gift to give right now?

Disciplined CareWhen washing the hands with water / may we with all beings / have pure clean hands / to receive and hold Buddha’s teaching.

Utter Acceptance – The mountains close in. Now who can say there is any danger in utter acceptance? It’s ok.

Wholehearted Enthusiasm – It’s ok… and there is something to do.  Is this full self-expression? Is interdependence wholeheartedly, unreservedly enacted?

Continuous Concentration – On the narrow path through precipitous cliffs, riding a mountain goat – when the stakes are high we just naturally attend.

Wisdom Beyond Wisdom – Life itself. Utter mystery, utterly open.

 

My feeling

“Zen is, in one word, to share our feeling with people, with trees and with mountains wherever we are. That is Zen practice.”

Suzuki Roshi, March 1970 

These are some of my feelings that I wanted to share with you, about things that are true.  Please know that I am practicing sharing them too with the mountains and trees, the walls and the tiles… and am listening for what they share with me.

What do you feel?

4 thoughts on “Coronavirus Reminding Me of Some Things That are True

  1. Thank you! Very timely. Bob Gefvert

    On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 11:43 PM No Zen in the West wrote:

    > Jiryu Mark posted: “In this precariousness I feel deeply a part of the > ancient human family. And am reminded of some ancient human truths. The > Nature of Things Each moment & thing is impermanent, not-self, > unsatisfactory…. and is free & quiescent. Impermanent –” >

  2. dear Jiryu:
    I Love this reminder
    mountains close in. Now who can say there is any danger in utter acceptance? It’s ok.
    I find myself great resistance to accept unanimously what is Imposed in a way that looks Fascist and manipulative ( perhaps reminder of my military times in Argentina …and Nazi times of 2 war

    “Zen is, in one word, to share our feeling with people, with trees and with mountains wherever we are. That is Zen practice.”

    I am In great Need of expressing myself so thanks for having this gate open.
    I am facing the pacific ocean at this mokment in Mexico Doing a very very simple life embrasing simplicity, birds, rocks, fish, Unts scorpion sometimes… and Find Myself suddenly with fire coming out is that a dragon…?
    I cant believe Human Minds are abiding so pandemicly to such extreme messures that look like there is something behind the veils of the corona virus…… I want to be as precise as I can to my concern
    which IS NOT the corona Virus but the unquestioning full acceptance of messures that feel are pulling people away from each other the feeling of military fascist war messures

    what is behind this veil .?
    I say YES to continue gathering and talking and expressing ourselves face to face . I have no doubt we can be counsious …with clean hands …and all the above
    I am glad GR Guiodlch will continue the pract period and not diseminate fears still with deep awareness of the imminence commitment to care for oneself and others …..
    I dont believe I am going to change what is happening it is just opening a Huge question mark as of HOW we behave with full acceptance like this…….. all my love gratitude and respect
    deep gasho

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