Sangha notes for 11/27/17


A excerpt from a Dharma talk given by Zen Master Dae Gak at Furnace Mountain in March, 2010:

“In the activity of friendship, which is sangha, one is fully supported by the activity of each other. This means not to take refuge in each other but to take refuge in the dharma itself. What the dharma is, or how to take refuge in the dharma is that the dharma is none other than your very life itself, the very activity of your life itself. Getting up in the morning, one of the things you have to do when you get up in the morning, if you sleep in a bed, is that you have to turn and put your feet on the ground. This is called morning kensho, feet on the ground kensho. If you had only one foot and a stub, then you would appreciate having two feet. But we take it for granted, to be able to get up, turn and put your feet on the ground. The activity of the dharma, which is the appreciation, is just that. The activity itself is the activity of the dharma. There is no place that you could find yourself, no circumstance in which you could find yourself, no activity that you re doing that isn’t the activity of the dharma.”