Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A World Religion

"A World Religion" number 67 of 200 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.

Senzaki Sensei said "Zazen is not for everyone." Yes, indeed, I can see that. It is the Zen style to be quiet and not proselytize. This seems at first counter to the vow to save all the beings. But embedded with to save all beings is the reassurance that there is no need to hurry or rush. There is plenty of time.

I really like Shinzen Young's take on all practitioners being subtle teachers. He talked about it in one of the videos I posted a couple of days ago. Just by practicing and slowly soaking up the teachings, each of us becomes an example. People around us notice the small and not so small changes in us. This naturally encourages curiosity. Like bees to flowers. The trap is sprung!

Any error or confusion created by my commentary on Miniatures of a Zen Master
is solely a reflection of my own delusion and ignorance.
Any merit generated by this activity is solely the result of
Aitken Roshi's clear teaching and is dedicated to
all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout space and time.

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