Wednesday, December 29, 2021

I am peeling potatoes - 183

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I am peeling potatoes - 183

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From: The Ten Ox-herding Pictures: Seeking the trace of original mind, buddhahood

#9. Returning to original place

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Now there is no ox and no boy, only the beautiful scene of the original, clear mind. Our life is ordinary and just as it is but we look at it differently.

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With this mind it’s possible to see things as they really are. “Mountains are mountains, and water is water.” We realize that everything expresses the truth of life and awareness, and is talking to us.

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#10. Entering the marketplace with helping hands

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The ox-herder, after years of practice, returns from the mountain to the village. We find spirituality everywhere; it is not confined to monasteries and secluded places.

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This last stage represents freedom, wisdom and compassion, the core idea of Buddhism. The ox-herder goes to teach what he has realized to all the sentient beings.

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Thus, we can see how practice deepens our realization at each stage as we continue on the path.

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Through these pictures, the teaching of emptiness and interdependence tells us that things and people are not as solid as or as separate as we think they are. So we have to learn to see things as they really are.

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Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/05/293_66595.html 

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