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                                          Truth          Love        Simplicity

                                          Energy       Thought        Form

                                         Gratitude   Forbearance    Truth

    As pillars of wisdom, all three of these groupings provide endless meditation.

    Another set comes to mind, the one advanced by Universal Healing Garden practice:

                                                     Steam       Union      Arousal

    Does it matter which order these words are typed to clarify the foundation by linguistic degrees? As usual, it matters more if one is a beginner. When one works with these concepts regularly the order matters less because one is picking up anywhere along the cycle. For a beginner, it might be best to work with one thing. Love. Or if not Love, then Truth, which may seem like less self-evident, more prickly work. Simplicity is of course always good - and may not be ever fully embraced again until they come up with an app for it. 

   Is Energy, Thought, and Form all there is?!

   The third tripod echoes Truth from the first. The first two came from Leonard Orr, the third from a Buddhist Peace Pagoda. The use of Truth to support the other two - Love and Simplicity in one, Gratitude and Forbearance in the other - prompts discussion. I've interchanged the senses of these words many times over the years. Gratitude and Forbearance say so much - they cannot be explored superficially. Love can be explored superficially. But that's the great thing about Love - you can apply it anywhere, to anything. Without truth or forbearance or humor or patience love can run you through hoops, win over hustlers and dupes, grant free admission to your favorite roller-coaster loops.

    The fourth set is for people interested in bringing sexual alchemy to their sacred studies. The Union need not be with another lover. It can easily be with the universe. I will go into it more in my own words, eventually no doubt, but it's hard to without the right questions being asked. For now, the relationship between the 11 aforementioned words are plenty grist for the mill.



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Comment by sav on April 11, 2019 at 7:46am

Thank you Phil, your friendship means a lot to me. Sareyan's comment relating my triads to the Kabbalistic triad of Severity, Mercy and Mildness - with Mildness standing for universal love - have really kicked in for me as a sacred behavioral trilogy. I am doing my best to maintain an Assembly of Silence. As someone trained in critical thinking - no matter how generous - most of my words are failing me altogether, and that is not surprising.

Comment by sav on January 15, 2017 at 12:28am

I'd suggest you read Roshi Philip Kapleau's book. Just Googled it - it's been translated into a dozen languages. I also didn't realize that one reason I knew the title growing up is that it was written in my hometown, Rochester. NY. 

I know about Taoism with some depth. The 3 into 4 and 5 - very much there in Taoist cosmology. The 8 forces are also a number worth reckoning with - the 8 hexagrams that repeat the basic trigrams: 

Heaven, Earth, Water, Fire, Mountain, Lake, Thunder, Wind (Wood)

The trigrams themselves expressing the possibilities of three from two (yin / broken line and yang /solid line)

Comment by sareyan nirvelli on January 13, 2017 at 12:43pm

But the posts by steve and sareyan compare more to a basic Taoist concept whichh would be seen as a duality were it not for the Tao- or perhaps stillness- itself.

Indeed in all traditions we find the forces of duality named from Ying/Yang, ida/pinggala, mother/father, Sun/Earth, hot/cold, positive/negative and all of which also have their respective balancing principle. To me these express the process of define creative manifestation at our level of duality that is essential to prevent stagnation or stasis.  

In truth of course there is no duality ..only the Tao. However unless there is a separation of forces within the Tao .. From one to two giving birth to three.. Then four expanding into five and out pops six and so on adinifinitum there would be no manifested universe.  The first three principles form the foundation for all other principles and their relationships.

I guess I'm most interested in how ideas and meanings merge and balance, and also  two principles giving birth to a new aspect containing balanced aspects of both.  I guess it's the constant equation being balanced the unbalanced then balanced again (the oracle and the architect lol).

I'm not sure how teaching, practice and enlightenment fit with each other though.  How would you work with those pillars or others in that book?  I wonder does practice mean the same as learning? Then it would be teaching, learning creating enlightenment.. Thus give.. take..Expansion.  or am I completely missing the point?  Lol.  Feel free to correct me if I am.. as I would like to understand the Zen pillars you mention here and how they are used.

Comment by sav on January 10, 2017 at 7:16am

I'm delighted with the direction this discussion has taken. The Kabbalah is not a strong suit in my deck. This is a wonderful way to compare. The title - the word pillars - came from the 1965 classic The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau. In that book the three pillars are 

Teaching   Practice    Enlightenment

Faith Hope and Charity are the famous New Testament theological virtues.

But the posts by steve and sareyan compare more to a basic Taoist concept whichh would be seen as a duality were it not for the Tao- or perhaps stillness- itself.

Yielding         {Unity)         Firming

Firming and yielding are comparable to severity and mercy, with mildness indeed a cornerstone of the True Gentle.

Comment by sareyan nirvelli on January 8, 2017 at 3:57pm
If we see the left severity as masculine force and mercy on the right as feminine then the third force produced is the union of the the two giving birth to harmony. However, There seem to be as many titles given to the three pillars as there are different drawings of the tree, but in essence it's the balance of positive active force and negative passive force creating the third creative harmonious force, which describes the nature of creation repeated throughout from macrocosm to microcosm.
Comment by steve on January 8, 2017 at 2:06pm

union as the central pillar is interesting

Comment by sareyan nirvelli on January 7, 2017 at 5:57pm

I apologize for seemingly random posting of the image below. But I'm now on my third attempt to post my thoughts on the above post and it's comparisons to the Tree of Life from the Kabbalah but also used in many parts to help understand the interaction and evolution of me of energy from divine Source at the top to Earth and physical realm as it manifests at the bottom.
As I said this is my third attempt so on this occasion I am going to leave my full comments until I'm at a PC as using my tablet it's just causing me too much frustration lol
Thanks though for this post, as it is given me much thought and consideration on the relationship and interaction of the forces,meanings and ideas.

Comment by sareyan nirvelli on January 7, 2017 at 5:42pm

Comment by Raymondo Passero on December 30, 2016 at 10:27am

Thanks for these triads.

Comment by steve on December 30, 2016 at 12:43am
I'm not familiar with these three pillars, which to me are mercy, severity, and beauty. Love is the right most with qualities of giving. Severity or strict justice is far left. Plus the harmonizing balance between these attributes

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