Thursday, April 18, 2019

Zen Spring Break- April 18- April 25

On account of Holy Week at St. Luke and St. Matthew's (our landlord), Zazen will be on hold from April 18 to April 25. We look forward to seeing you next week!

In the meantime here is some food for thought:
excerpt from The Way of True Zen by Taisen Deshimaru

"In the Shodoka, Yoka says, 'There is nothing to find in the world of satori, no person, not even Buddha. The innumerable cosmoses themselves are like bubbles in the ocean. All of the wisest and most venerable people are like streaks of lightning in the sky."

The Brilliance of komyozo zanmai [the samadhi storehouse of great wisdom--zazen] is mushotoku, unremitting effort. Unremitting effort does not mean choosing of abandoning oneself to samadhi only. Do not prefer ku, the void, or the pretext that shiki, things, should be rejected. This is a religious problem, not a social problem.

When you have understood this, your mind will reflect gentleness and compassion. A sense of conviction comes, but without any act of will, and you harmonize with all existences, creating more and more infinite beauty. This is the true komyozo, shining out in our resolution.

It has nothing to do with what you show other people. It is secret. True religion is like that.