Why do we come to zendo?

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Kugyo san’s talk from zazen on 4/23.

 

What is good?

What is harmful?

Determination of the answer

Is not always easy or clear.

We do the best we can

Learning, forgiving, accepting, and

Moving on to our next conundrum.

Believing that in the whole view

Of what is unseen and unknown

We have done the best we could.

“For the Children”

The rising hills, the slopes,

of statistics
lie before us,
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light

By: Gary Snyder