Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 9/13/2020
From “The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva“, verse 1, A Precious Human Life, So Hard to Obtain.
“Now that I have this great ship, a precious human life, so hard to obtain I must carry myself and others across the ocean of samsara. To that end, to listen, reflect, and meditate Day and night, without distraction, is the practice of a bodhisattva.”
So begins the 37 Verses of the Practice of a Bodhisattva, the 14th century Tibetian teachings we are taking up this ango. Shugen Roshi unpacks these rich instructions which speak to the favorable conditions which allow human beings to encounter the dharma, and how to share generously and appreciate the mystery and truth of our interconnectedness.