Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic
Zen Mountain Monastery, 7/23/2020
“If no wind blows, nothing stirs,” says Shantideva: effort, virya, is needed if our practice is to progress. Here, senior monastic Gokan reflects on how we learn to bring forth joyful effort in periods of intensive practice, even when we feel pulled by rest, comfort, dullness, or discouragement. By cultivating faith, he suggests, we can persist with enthusiasm even when the benefits of practice are difficult to see.