Realizing the Manifest Self--the Life Force permeating our humanity--and the Unmanifest source from which it arises.
I think I can speak for us all in saying this was truly a beautiful satsang. Having just listened to it again it has not lost any of its power. Or maybe, I am just more open to hear.Much Love and Appreciation,Joan
How beautiful and moving was your talk of brokeness. It's true that few teachers ever speak of it. Thank you, Ed. A small note: Maezumi Roshi died at age 64 in a very sad way. For a long time his sangha was silent about it, out of shame and embarassment, I suppose. I was told by one of his successors that he had been in Japan visiting his brothers, all high ranking Soto functionaries and Roshis. He visited one brother, they had a few drinks, went to see another, more drinking, and so on until he went to his hotel, fully plastered, where he got into the Japanese style bath where he passed out and drowned. It was called a heart attack at first but the truth was known among his successors. To her credit, Ekyoku Roshi told me, a very junior student, without reservation or embarassment, when I enquired about Maezumi Roshi's death.
How wonderful! This brings Maezumi even more certainly in my heart. I see his death as such beauty!! I am not joking. So vulnerable, so human.
I was reading an article in relation to Maezumi and gurus in general and thought it worthy to put here."Perfection only exists in transcendental essence, not in manifest essence. Yet many devotees consider their master 'perfect', in all ways, the ultimate guru. Ken Wilber says this is problematic because the devotee, in confusing essence with existence is invited to project his or her own archaic, narcissistic, omnipotent fantasies on to the perfect guru." Love,Joan