Beholding the Mind

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

From The Record of Master Bodhidharma: the Breakthrough Sermon

Zen Mountain Monastery, 08/23/2019

Zen has been called a “short cut method” to enlightenment and in that regard this practice of beholding the mind might seem easy. But when called to let go of every shred of identity-clinging we create, the path seems much longer, if not impossible. Insight can be sudden but realization takes all the effort we can manage to manifest insight in the world of differentiation: practicing kindness when feeling selfish, finding equanimity in the midst of conflict, all require beholding the vast and boundless corners of mind.

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