The fantasy of a single state of mind Barry Magid August 1st 2015

We have a tendency to desire a single state of mind, usually equanimity, unperturbed by circumstance. What is it we want practice to do for us? I think we all have a fantasy of maintaining a certain state of imperturbability regardless of circumstances. Really is that something we would even want? Rather than help us numb ourselves, practice should help us let go of control into whatever is happening. So that we can be simply human when the time comes.

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 2 Sun faced Buddha, Moon faced Buddha

Master Basso had been ill for some time. One day his attendant asked him, "How are you feeling today master?" Basso said, "Sun faced Buddha, Moon faced Buddha."

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