Encouraging Words

Commitment and Suffering

We need commitment to live a satisfying life and to be able to do what needs to be done;  Some examples are:- commitment to a job; family; to a partner;  to helping others; to our own deepest values; to practice and be honest; also commitment to keeping our priorities of what is important in this life clear.  When we do commit to something, then comes more opportunities to open into, and life opens out in different ways.  So commitment is important, but with commitment and involvement we are also opened to the possibility of more challenges and difficulties, so courage, perseverance and patience are important.    Our life is in continual flux, never static, but If clarity, equanimity, freedom, understanding, wisdom and compassion are priorities for you, then regular Zazen (Meditation) practice, and commitment to that has no other equal. ie: Bum on seat is the only way. It’s also important to join and practice with like minded people; staying in isolation and separation   is not the way.                                   

“When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less”.
 Thich Nhat Hanh
“Recognize, or see the barrier, then BE the barrier.”
 John Daido Loori


Wherever you are is the entry point. 


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