As we get ready for our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts Ceremony) this Saturday (see here)
... some folks wrote to ask whether the Precepts were really necessary.
the Precepts, and gentleness ... a dropping of greed, anger and
ignorance ... naturally arise in our Zazen and Zen practice?
Well, perhaps it is not so simple:
Yes they naturally arise, and become more and more our way of living.
But, as with the garden I am sitting by today, they also require some careful cultivation.
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)