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Buddhadharma : Fall 2012
FALL 2 0 1 2 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 55 power, everything has power. Existence is made of power. Life is energy itself. This energy and power is generously dispersed into all things. Power is experienced when you meditate because your meditation is the action of denial of your personal power. So you become the center of the power, but you do not have power. It is like the experience of bowing, when you really feel your bow. When bowing, you are nothing, you do not have anything; you’re actually nothing, you disappear. You are like dust on the earth. When you stand up, you stand up as a person, a particular existence and you feel everything. At that time you are ready to walk. Joriki is like a tree standing straight in the winter and making strong rings. That strength is important to feel. We have the same action the tree has; depending on the change of seasons, water, and sunshine, it forms rings. The experi- ence of samadhi, concentration, and meditation makes that ring in human existence. That is the real age of the person. Existence deepens by recognition. Actually, there is no such existence. Things exist as they are, completely relating to each other, but that is just how we think about things. Existence shows its depths by recognition of itself. The direction that this whole universe is moving is the direction of your deepening zazen. It is not a personal feel- ing. It is the direction your existence is supposed to go, so it is a natural thing you are doing. Dharma Exists for Its Own Sake Why is it that one’s certain knowledge, one’s rec- ognition of the dharma, will appear as very per- sonal, but dharma itself is universal truth? When you touch it and another person touches it, recog- nition appears the same. Like an electric current, when I touch it, it hurts; someone else touches it, it hurts equally. It exists for its own sake, yet from these efforts a source of wisdom grows. In the very beginning we had something that we miss, and now we come back to know it; without any reason you find you are here. We don’t know what brought us here, what brought this existence to be like this. We cannot know. It is an interesting, strange feeling. Within an inha- lation and an exhalation you may have a feeling of it. It goes endlessly, even when body and this earth drop off. Breath, beyond imagining, still goes on. Kobun Chino leads a calligraphy seminar at Puregg Zendo, 1994 NICOLASSCHOSSLEITNERNICOLASSCHOSSLEITNER