Encouraging Words

Commitment and Suffering

We need commitment and clarity to be able to do what needs to be done; easing the suffering in the world and in our own life, Environmental issues;  Work; family; etc; commitment to our own deepest values; commitment to practice with honesty, and commitment to keeping our priorities of what is important in this life clear.  When we do commit to something important, then comes more opportunities to open into, we are enriched and life opens out in different ways.  With this commitment and involvement in the world we are also open to more challenges and difficulties, so Compassion, Courage, Perseverance, Patience and Insight are important.    Our life is in continual flux, never static.  If  clarity,  freedom, equanimity, deep joy, peace, wisdom and compassion are valuable and important for you, then practicing regular Zazen (Meditation), and commitment to that has no other equal. ie: Bum on seat is the only way. It’s also valuable and enriching to come together, to join and practice with like minded people; Isolation and separation is not the way.                                   

“Recognize, or see the barrier, then BE the barrier.”
 John Daido Loori

‘Wherever’ you are is the entry point. 

“When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less”.
 Thich Nhat Hanh

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