When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
MINDFULNESS WHILE DOING SOMETHING UNPLEASANT...
Visitor: My concern is about being mindful of every moment in life, and therefore attaining peace from doing it. Let's says that there is a task that you must perform in your daily life that causes you discomfort, but you have no choice but to do it. For example lets says you have to vacuum the carpet, but have severe arthritis in your feet and knees, therefore it hurts to do it, but you have to do it periodically because you need to keep the house clean. If we are to be mindful of ourselves as we perform the task of 'vacuuming' the carpet and remain mindful of the pain in our legs then how can we be at peace? Would being mindful of pain not make it more apparent, and therefore more difficult to tolerate? How can being mindful of something that causes discomfort enable us to be at peace while being mindful of it? Thanx for your help.
CT: When one's body gets pain and it feels painful, this is the body's intelligence.
But if his mind gets suffered from it too much, this is the mind's ignorance.
Question: -What can the body's intelligence do to the serious illness or acute pain?
Answer: -It will go to see some medical doctor for cure.
Question: -If the doctors say it can't be cured?
Answer: -Then the body knows which way it will go.
Question: -What does one need to do when his mind is in ignorance?
Answer: -Just be aware and awake.
Vistor & CT 10/10/03
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