Knowing How To Be Satisfied

Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/24/2020

In this talk, Gokan investigates the Buddha’s teachings on “knowing how to be satisfied,” taking up these instructions as guidance in letting go of the self-critical voice. He cites Maezumi Roshi’s commentary: “If we know how to be satisfied with ourselves exactly as we are right now, that’s all there is to know.” The solitude of zazen gives up this opportunity to offer ourselves complete acceptance, which is not different, Gokan suggests, from letting go.


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