illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)
The mundane and the sublime? The body and the mind?
Zen master Dōgen famously awoke by « dropping body and mind. »
It's been assumed by some that, since Dōgen practised calm-abiding meditation, « dropping body and mind » meant dramatically calming the activity of both the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system (respectively: body and mind). Maybe it's too 'mundane' an explanation?
He later wrote in the Genjokoan: « Those who regard the mundane as a hindrance to life and practice only understand that in the mundane nothing is sacred; what they have not yet understood is that in sacredness nothing is mundane. » (cf. also gplus.wallez.name/BFDc6d6skGG)
Mundane life is not just a distraction (gplus.wallez.name/EqYZgeWy52Y). Buddhas arise from the mundane: there's no need for a buddha if there's no sentient being struggling… Wisdom arises from discernment, dukkha arises from discernment: discernment is the root-cause of our troubles, and of the Liberation from these.
Here&now, in our 'mundane' small life, is where the cultivation of the 'sublime' takes place (gplus.wallez.name/iEYTjZpHa83).
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Illustration: unattributed (sorry for that)
Call for donation? So I can keep supporting people without precondition? Well, even regular, interested readers routinely ignore such a call; maybe it appears to them as "both too much mundane and not enough sublime"? May practitioners see beyond the mundane / sublime; may they cease separating practicalities from practice!
Two good videos on Vimalakīrti sūtra : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dp6e6Lzhvc (2h39'52'') and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG3ScsVNPuo (2h51'30'').