I found your enclosed quotation a particularly helpful reminder not 
to get into the mindset of pass/fail regarding spiritual practice. 
The key is long-term persistence, and not to be distracted by day to 
day feelings and experiences. 

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Curt Steinmetz" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> In a dharma talk contained in the book "Golden Wind", Eido Shimano 
Roshi uses the terms 
> "honbun" and "shusho". I am wondering if anyone on this list has 
any other references for 
> these terms - or any kind of "literal" or "metaphorical" 
definitions to add to what Eido 
> Roshi has to say. 
> Here is an extended excerpt (it's taken from his talk on case 73 
from the Blue Cliff Record 
> "Baso, Chizo, Ekai"):
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> The transmission of the dharma does not require any written 
documents. The only 
> important matter is to understand the real nature of the universe. 
In order to do this, it 
> will be helpful to understand the distinction between "honbun" 
and "shusho". Unless these 
> are clearly distinguished, only confusion arises. We have no 
perfect English equivalent for 
> these words, but perhaps "fundamental" or "essential" will do 
for "honbun". For "shusho", 
> perhaps we can translate it as "existential" or "ever-changing.
> I will use the wind to illustrate the difference between "honbun" 
and "shusho". Whether the 
> wind is a fragrant spring wind, or a cold winter wind, or just a 
gentle wind, after all, the 
> iwind is merely a movement of air. Metaphorically 
speaking, "honbun" (fundamental) refers 
> to this air and "shusho" (existential) is the changing condition 
of the wind.
> Our True Nature, our Endless Dimension Universal Nature, was never 
created and can 
> never be destroyed, as far as "honbun" goes.
> In the realm of "honbun", there is no loss, no gain, no birth, no 
death, no good, no evil, no 
> small, no large. But as far as "shusho" is concerned, as you can 
see, there is strong and 
> weak, coming and going, deep and shallow. Thus in our zazen we 
often feel different 
> conditions.
> Sometimes we thing, "Today's zazen is not as good as yesterday's." 
Or, "I feel guilty 
> because my zazen is not as good as it should be." Or, "I am very 
pleased that I have 
> entered some sound samadhi."
> Most of us are fooled by these thoughts. We are controlled by ever-
changing conditions. 
> We become slaves of conditions. Realization of Mu (True Nature) 
means to realize the fact 
> that the fundamental My nature is far beyond good and bad, deep or 
shallow. This is 
> "honbun". 
> ------------------[ end of excerpt]
> - Curt

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