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Buddhadharma : Spring 2018
SHINSHU ROBERTS 75 pRacticing with being–tiMe The verses opening this fascicle present particular dharma positions, being–times, or individual moments. These moments are examples of particular events: standing on a mountain, holding a whisk, view ing the temple pillars, or being an ordinary person. None of these situations obstructs the complete expression of the other examples given. Each situation is an opportunity to fully enact our being–time, as it is right now. If our worldview is a being–time that entertains all possibilities, then this enables us to let go of our attachment to any particular ideas about our situation and thereby actualize the totality of the moment. Our being–time’s moment must include all being(s)– time(s). When this inclusivity is actualized, we are fully present with whatever is happening in its totality and we respond. This response is unobstructed. It alleviates suffering. I am walking on the sidewalk; next to me is a bike lane in the street. Approaching me on the sidewalk is a person on a bicycle. Without thinking and without judgment, I step into the bike path and let the bicyclist pass me on the sidewalk. My response is imme diate and without thought. I don’t feel angry or have some idea of how it is supposed to be. I just respond to what is, at that moment. There is the being–time of a bicycle and the being–time of a person walking. Each is a particular manifestation of two being–times shar ing and expressing their mutual, unique, fully realized being–times as one being–time. From Being-Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Uji, by Shinshu Roberts (Wisdom 2018) We are not waiting for realization to arrive, as it is manifest in the now of being–time. Being fully present ourselves, here and now, in company with others, is realization.