Quoting an old Zen story, a student asks what is the basis of great wisdom and the teacher answers “Attention!” Hojin Sensei speaks about the student’s struggle to understand and see what is profound and subtle in this instruction, attention attention attention! How can whole-hearted and simple attention help us to work skillfully with what is directly in front of us?
“Concentration nurtured with virtue is of great fruit, great reward. Discernment nurtured with concentration is of great fruit, great reward. The mind nurtured with discernment is rightly released.” In this talk from November’s Shuso Hossen Sesshin, Shugen Roshi delves into this simple yet profound teaching from the Pali Canon. Ethical action, meditation and insight rely on and support each other, he notes, forming a unified path which can address the many aspects of our humanity.