The Middle Way is not a fine line

The way I look at it is, we talk about the Middle Way or the Middle Path, right? And I think for years I saw and thought the Middle Way was a fine line between ‘this’ and ‘that.’ And at some point I realized, no that’s too narrow. The Middle Way is everything between ‘this’ and ‘that.’ I mean you embrace ‘this’ and you embrace ‘that’ completely, and then when you walk the Middle Way you walk it in the terms that you’ve got a lot of latitude, but you stay true to the moment, to what is appropriate in the moment.  And within that you’ve got all the way from everything you do is perfect, complete and whole — Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi — to there’s a very definite right and wrong way to be in a certain situation, and everything in between.  So you have to be aware of your position, the very time, the very place that you’re in, and then the amount, how much.  And to me that’s Mahayana, and that’s the Middle Path.  Mahayana stands for the Middle Path.  And that’s the apex.



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5 thoughts on “The Middle Way is not a fine line”

  1. Would not the “middle path” equate to Jesus’ teaching to his disciples “be as passers-by”?
    My only time with Genpo was as a student attending his and Stuart Davis’ Dharmapalooza 2006 at Boulder that Halloween. Great long meditations/teaching and a dance your heart out musical night.. Please do it again!…maybe in Boston….or Portland ME or even Bar Harbor? (I live in Castine ME)

    My BIG MIND sweatshirt finally wore out. Any more “merch”/swag from the Big Mind logo planned?

    DO Stay well!
    Your Christian sister,

  2. Yes, I’d like to receive Genpo’s posts. His teachings have literally changed my life as well as many others I’ve shared them with.

    Thank you,


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