Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/26/2020
Shugen Roshi relates the practices of “The Non-Disparaging Buddha” from a passage in the Lotus Sutra to help explore the difficulties of living a life of true compassion. How do we respond to those who hate and those who are doing harm to others in ways that the destructive cycles of anger and violence are not perpetuated? The teachings and actions of of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. offer examples of love in the face of harms and hatred. So too do the words and actions of other wise ones across traditions and cultures, reminding us that it is our fundamental nature to love and nurture without being complacent in the face of challenges and ill will.