Lesson
12

When you find your place where you are...

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Now if a bird or a fish tries to reach the end of its element before moving in it, this bird or this fish will not find its way or its place. When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point. When you find you way at this moment, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point; for the place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither yours nor others'. The place, the way, has not carried over from the past and it is not merely arising now.

Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way, meeting one thing is mastering it—doing one practice is practicing completely.

Now if a bird or a fish tries to reach the end of its element before moving in it, this bird or this fish will not find its way or its place.

If you try to think your way too far in advance of where you are, you’re just bringing your habits forward.

Unlike the birds and fishes, we can think about our element. How can a bird think about its element? Thinking there’s an element is thought.

Reflect on the ways your thinking about your way, your place, affects your actualizing the fundamental point. Are you trying to reach beyond your element?

 

When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point.

Actualizing the the fundamental point — that’s the Genjo Koan. When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, realizing the cutting edge of your life. Bringing forth the matter at hand.

If you say “Oh I’ll actualize the genjo koan when I move somewhere” or “If only had a job I could actualize the fundamental point. If only If only lived in the country I could actualize the fundamental point. If only was married then I could actualize the fundamental point." Then the fundamental point is way far away. Right here is the fundamental point. It's really close. It may feel far away – but you know it’s close. Because if it’s far away, it’s reallly far away. It’s far far away

When you find you way at this moment, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point

With the genjo koan.

for the place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither yours nor others'

The place, the way, has not carried over from the past and it is not merely arising now.

Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way, meeting one thing is mastering it--doing one practice is practicing completely