Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic
Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/09/2020
“The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences,” is the opening line from the Faith Mind poem taken up by senior monastic Gokan. Exploring how picking and choosing hinders our practice, often masking our underlying fear of discomfort, he emphasizes the importance of learning to tolerate the very discomfort we fear. In turning towards a difficulty we can just let it be, and recognize our fears as nothing but ideas about ourselves that are an impediment to living in the Way. The real question becomes, Who are we when our minds are quiet?