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Secret Good Deeds by Geri Larkin

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  • antony272b2
    When we are humble everyone is a potential best friend and our generosity naturally grows. We want to do things, to help out. A wonderful Zen tradition is
    Message 1 of 5 , Nov 22, 2011
      "When we are humble everyone is a potential best friend and our generosity naturally grows. We want to do things, to help out. A wonderful Zen tradition is called "inji-gyo," or secret good deeds. The virtue gained through performing a secret good deed is believed to be immense. So, in a monastery, if one watched closely, you might see a monk secretly mending another's robes or taking down someone's laundry and folding it before the rain comes. In our temple I often find chocolate spontaneously appearing in my mailbox, or a beautiful poem, unsigned. This year the Easter Bunny visited our Sunday service, leaving chocolate eggs under everyone's cushions, even the one prepared for a visiting Zen master. Sometimes the bathrooms are miraculously cleaned overnight. And flowers spontaneously appear in a neighbor's yard, thanks to the children in the temple. Secret good deeds. They are so much fun. In their doing you can't help but smile."
      http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/behaviour.html#secret
      ~ Geri Larkin in "Tap Dancing in Zen"
    • antony272b2
      When we are humble everyone is a potential best friend and our generosity naturally grows. We want to do things, to help out. A wonderful Zen tradition is
      Message 2 of 5 , Nov 27, 2012
        "When we are humble everyone is a potential best friend and our generosity naturally grows. We want to do things, to help out.

        A wonderful Zen tradition is called "inji-gyo," or secret good deeds.

        The virtue gained through performing a secret good deed is believed to be immense.

        So, in a monastery, if one watched closely,

        you might see a monk secretly mending another's robes

        or taking down someone's laundry and folding it before the rain comes.

        In our temple I often find chocolate spontaneously appearing in my mailbox,

        or a beautiful poem, unsigned.

        This year the Easter Bunny visited our Sunday service, leaving chocolate eggs under everyone's cushions, even the one prepared for a visiting Zen master.

        Sometimes the bathrooms are miraculously cleaned overnight.

        And flowers spontaneously appear in a neighbor's yard, thanks to the children in the temple.

        Secret good deeds. They are so much fun. In their doing you can't help but smile."
        http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/behaviour.html#secret
        ~ Geri Larkin in "Tap Dancing in Zen"

        With metta / Antony.
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