All the wisdom of the ages, all of it, is within your reach at any moment


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During the Big Mind Facilitator Training of May 2016 in Salt Lake City,
Genpo Roshi was asked about using Big Mind oneself in daily life:


Let’s find out.  Let me ask the Final Authority

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That’s what I would have said.  So the thing to realize is all the wisdom of the ages, all of it, is within your reach at any moment.  You just have to find the right voice to ask.

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You’ve got it all right there, it’s all at your fingertips.  So part of it is, like, in the old fashioned Zen way, when I was studying, our job was to internalize Maezumi Roshi.  And I got to the point where I didn’t have to ask him any questions any more, because I could know exactly what he was going to say.

I’m not saying don’t ask the questions, but I’m just saying, to answer your question, you’ve got it all right there.  So you can name that the Final Authority, you can name it Roshi — it doesn’t have to be Genpo Roshi; your own Roshi, or your own Zen Master, or your own Final Authority — and you ask.  But for us it was Maezumi Roshi.  And I knew, pretty much — I didn’t always want to trust it or believe it because I wanted to do what I wanted to do, and not hear from him — but I knew what he was going to say.  You probably knew what I was going to say.

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You said it beautifully.  I mean, that’s daikensho, that’s great enlightenment.  Knowing that, with complete certainty and no doubt, that there is no other – you are alone.  That’s the enlightenment.  Now of course stepping back down is into the world of difference and to ‘there are others,’ and to appreciate others and to love others and to have gratitude towards others and so forth, but on that level there are no others.  And that’s why it’s a stuck place, because it’s very dangerous too, when we realize I am completely alone and there are no others, you know, we’re … God.

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