I tried to keep my comments as short as possible. Hopefully, they aren't too lean.
“Looking hard at life.” - pg.104
Shundo says that we are the apex of a pyramid in relation to our ancestors, that what we are is the sum of all our ancestors did. And, also, that we are the starting point of our descendants.
From a wider point of view, how can we as Zen practitioners live here and now in a way that honor our Buddhist heritage? And how can we prepare here and now the ground for the future generations of Zen Buddhists?
“The Tale of a Female Demon”, pg. 108
Shundo’s words in this reflection reminded me a passage of the Metta Sutra.
“As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart.”
How, as Zen Buddhists, can we cultivate a limitless heart? What is the role of love in your Zen practice?
Alexander Lima (Sunyata)