focus of this list is Zen Buddhist Practice. Zen practice in not
just zazen, but is also how we manifest our understanding in our
daily life. Dogen Zenji's
"Practice/Enlightenment" is an emphasis, but practice
related discussion is not limited to it. Also, beginners are
welcomed. “Beginner's Mind" is
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With what mind do we help each other? The quote below gives us some guidance:
"We can say that Buddhist practice has two aspects: to constantly seek Truth and to go into the human world.
"If you want to be a pianist, devote yourself to studying and practicing
the piano. This is the mind that seeks Truth. But though you may
eventually reach a lofty stage as a musician, it is not good enough. You
have to descend into the human world as well. Your life, your presence,
your personality must touch people's hearts directly. This means you have
to go beyond being a pianist.
"It is relatively easy to teach people to be musicians, but it is not so
easy to teach them how to go beyond being a musician. If you would teach
this to others, your mind must be based on compassion. When you teach, you
have to pierce the human heart and take away the flag of ego. So your
compassion must extend beyond the words you use. Then your penetrating
words will teach and not injure."
--Dainin Katagiri Roshi
- Apr 25, 2001
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