Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Transmission of Light, Case 35
Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/13/2019
How am I doing, how do I measure up? This question plagues many, not just in Zen practice but in all areas of work, love and community. We define ourselves by how we measure ourselves against others. One teaching which defies this tendency to dualize are the Seven Factors of Awakening, a teaching of the Buddha which describes consecutive steps in deepening practice which are also somewhat circular, helping us along the way to release the struggle and truly engage our lives.