This is a valuable chapter placed perfectly in the early journey into the Original Frontier. In many ways it is an encounter with the Heart Sutra.
This chapter is a deep dive into original thoughts of Taiun-roshi and a lancelet to the heart of the Frontier.
It is also a long part of the journey (chapter) as Hojo points out. To this end, we will divide the chapter into three parts.
On Tuesday August 10, 2021 we will cover pages 109-141 looking into the following points:
The Six Thieves and Awareness
Description verses Experience
Sequence of Senses in Meditation
Confronting the Resistance
Touch,Thought, Sight and Sound, Smell and Taste
No Sense and Emptiness
Touching: Skin, Flesh, Bones & Feeling
One Size Fits All
Natural Posture, Natural Breath, Natural Mind
Leading Cause of Death
Thinking: Brain & Concepts
I Think Therefore I am Not
Taming The Ox
Boredom Equals Poverty of Imagination
Intentional Versus Natural Thought and Sensing Thought
Sleeping Off Thoughts
The points outlined need to be chewed thoroughly as the flavor is enlightening. In each sectional point, the momentum builds to the end of the chapter as we become aware that we, as practitioners, do things differently from whence we started. This is relatively abnormal in the real sense of brain-mind.
This transformation, as we continue deeper into the Original Frontier, suggests that we are forever changing on a path (say of a Mountain Being) significantly different from the path of a Flatlander Being. We are changed forever as we change-forever.
Please join us as we take our time receiving the dana of this chapter…
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