- PHOTOS: Most beautiful dog breeds (2leep.com); kind dog pets doe displaying its innately compassionate nature; dog being dog attacking fax machine (barnorama.com, Daily Cool Pics Vol. 58); Farley the Dog by *The Happy-Snapper/Flickr.com, flickrhivemind.net); beginner's mind innocence and maternal nurturing by instinct.
|Inside Shrodinger's box (brusselsjournal.com)|
It does not have it, for the time being, when it is clinging to identity (its dogness), clinging to karma and its results, clinging to manifest appearances.
The adversary wanted the jewel with no intention of offering peace. The king, realizing this, suggested there was a flaw in the gem, which pulled his adversary out of his greedy reverie. The king then snatched back the jewel.
"The Self is often confused with the ego. As the ego is only a temporal structure that gives us an identity in this life, the Self is from a higher order than the ego. The Self is that what we are in essence [according to Brahmanism and Mahayana thinking]. In psychological terms, it encompasses the conscious, the unconscious, and the ego. The Self is the central archetype in the collective unconscious, like the Sun is the center of the solar system. The Self is the archetype of order, organization and unity. It unifies the personality. The Self is our goal of life, because it is the most complete expression of the highest unity that we call individuality" (soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun).
The image here of Buddha mind being compared to a dazzling diamond sparkling in the Sun -- clear like a flashing light with no fixed color but brilliantly embodying all colors. The koan then ends with a then familiar story; the clever monk regains his precious jewel from unworthy hands.
Another reference to the "sandals on the head" motif comes from the Ramayana (a revered story to the Brahmins). This is a myth the Buddha and his contemporaries would have been familiar with. It may have inspired his life's journey. In the earlier myth Lord Rama's makes a journey, fails, and finds something better.
This is the most serious question of all.
If you say yes or no,
You lose your own Buddha-nature. More
|Joshu's dog meditating (pzzlng.com)|