simply communicate with the sun and moon and the universe directly.
“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”
The practice in Zen of going up to the mountain, but then coming back to the village.
Mila, who says, "go to the lowest, and you'll see the highest,"
and also says the very best thing you can do is live in a cave, with a single cloth garment,
and the next best is to be a wondering monk,
and the next is to have a hut outside of town, living a renounced life,
and the way they live is very non-burdensome to the earth. .
we are losing 40-50 species a day; and as an american i'm largely responsible, so i really have made the change, or a big one; in consumption...reducing..
still it is a very small step i know.. it's all good though;
but since we are losing so many, it can hardly be said to be responsible to be driving around for no reason;
what so you can get their teachings? their dharma?
hundreds of talks of many qualified teachers are available online. . .check out hanh, tara and gil fronsdal; honestly if you listen to a couple of their dharma talks i expect that you will know what i mean how effective their insight is. .. people who devote their whole life to practice and compassion and so forth. . it is really beyond words how wonderful it is.. was.. eventually there's no need for any dharma talks anymore. . .
chant amitabha,' namo amituofo, namu amida-butsu, namo aryavalokitesvara, om mani peme hung, tayatha om bekandze, bekandze maha bekandze, randzu samugate svaha,
om tare tuttare ture svaha,
heart sutra, various sutras, Nam myoho renge kyo;
dozens of other mantras. .. and study up on them. ..
even the quotes page here on pure land was enough info. . to know it if you chant; and check out other resources, read Shinran,
Delve into the sutras, work on signing and memorizing the heart sutra (if you like to sing, even if you do not!)
meditate and practice the 4 types of meditation: sitting, walking, standing and lying down,
simply follow your heart above all,
seng ts'an expressed it so well in hsin hsin ming;
there's no coming or going, when trust in the mind are one, or not two;
and so forth, that's the entirety in a sense. . .
strange, but very true.
“Nothing can be gained by extensive study and wide reading. Give them up immediately.”
I say that ^ but reading Dogen, Milarepa, Hanh, some others i'm sure, the heart sutra, various sutras, or other things certainly is okay; one shouldn't put up a block about any practice, if that was the goal.
My point is a; there's nothing to gain or understand outside of you; there's nothing outside of you that you need; since there's nothing outside of you that you ever need, for me to tell you there is something outside of you that you need, like a guru, I would be misleading you astray; it's all with you right here and right now.
“If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.”
And Mila again, saying, "Fly like an eagle, never falling into a hole."
It should just be as natural as that.
Anyway, since we are losing so many a day - quite literally 40-50, I can't say it's more important to try to save yourself; learn the dharma from the dharma, and from the universe, and from your heart, and from your good teachers,
Thay, Dogen, Milarepa, Bankei, Bassui, so many others; hundreds of others..
Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate bodhi svaha