Opening thoughts

Welcome to the blog for the Del Ray Zen meditation group. We expect to post reflections by members of the group and guests, as well as quotations from Zen teachers and other writers of interest. In that spirit, we offer a passage by Shohaku Okumura, from his book The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo.

   The Buddha taught the path to freedom from desires, not the way to satisfy them.
Mahayana Buddhism teaches that bodhisattvas should transcend even the dichotomy
of samsara [the life of suffering] and nirvana [the end of suffering].

   Right now, right here, in whatever condition, whether hell or heaven, just keep
practicing steadily, led by the bodhisattva vows:

Beings are numberless; I vow to free them.

Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to end them.

Dharma gates are boundless; I vow to enter them.

The buddha way is unsurpassable; I vow to realize it.

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