Guishan’s “Great Capacity, Great Function”

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

True Dharma Eye, Case 279

 Zen Mountain Monastery, 07/28/2019

Our capacity is boundless, but how do we put one foot in front of the other again and again on a long spiritual path? Letting go of fixed patterns and habits is a process; freeing ourselves and others from great suffering takes time and commitment. Our potential, Shugen Roshi reminds us, comes alive from our willingness to practice and encounter things as they are, without shutting down or turning away. And we don’t do this alone, but with the support and guidance and wisdom of others.

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