Danica Shoan Ankele, Senior Monastic
Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/24/2020
“Vast ocean of dazzling light, marked by the waves of birth and death.” Shoan uses this powerful line from the memorial service liturgy to speak about how we can trust our connection to the whole, although we appear to manifest as separate beings. Because it is difficult to see our wave-selves as completely one with the ocean, sometimes it is skillful to address enlightened mind as if it is outside of ourselves. Shoan speaks of the importance of this devotional attitude, highlighting the invocations of the sacred feminine already present in our daily liturgy.