I came across a book by a Swami, promising states of eternal bliss and joy, imperishable and pure, a freedom from the need to return to, in the Guru's words, "this miserable land of birth, old age, disease and death" ... all to be found just "over the rainbow" ... Such claims are very typical of many "Eastern" teachings and philosophies, including some flavors of Buddhism.
Our Zen practice, however, is very different from that. Today I will tell you how.
(And tomorrow I will tell you how we're not so different after all).
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