Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Towards Peace of Mind

     The following can be easily mistaken for religious exclusivism. Deeper, more objective investigation is always helpful.

     "I am often asked, 'Is there no other way besides zazen to achieve peace of mind?' I answer, 'No.' Zen is to assimilate the whole dharma (truth); it is to be one with it. If within the religions of the world the various practices taught direct one to assimilate the dharma irrespective of the distinction between liberation through one’s own effort (jiriki) and liberation through the power of some other being such as Amida or God (tariki), then it must be said such teachings are Zen. If we get hung up on the word 'zazen,' there is a tendency to think it is some special practice, but it isn’t. Consequently, Zen is the only way to attain peace of mind."

       Sekkei Harada Roshi. "The Key to Zen." Lion's Roar, April 13, 2018

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