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Self Defense Seminar at Meng’s of Richmond

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Class discussion 6/7/2016

In class I gave you guys this poem during class:

The essence of mind
Is formless;
This itself is the subtle
Body of reality.
The essence of mind is
Inherently empty;
This itself is the infinite
Body of space.

— Ta-chu, Tang Dynasty Chan Master

Here is my current understanding of the poem

The essence of mind
Is formless;

The mind is not by nature orderly and constricted with the boundaries we put on it

This itself is the subtle
Body of reality.

Reality is like our mind limitless but also chaotic (chaos is not always a bad thing)

The essence of mind is
Inherently empty;

Without the artificial boundaries that we create the mind is clear and floating along happily

This itself is the infinite
Body of space.

Because of the body/mind connection that which is true of our mind is true with out body and vicea versa. An example, The splits are not an impossible task. Anyone’s body can do the splits but we are limited by the idea that it hurts. This does not mean that you should force yourself into the splits today because “pain isn’t real” that will cause a horrific injury. What I do mean though is not to claim that you will never be able to do it because it hurts. Over time you can work through smaller pain events to get to the ultimate goal.

What do you think? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Gassho _/|\_ ,

Washu