I was going to start a series of talks yesterday on an old Zen writing ... Master Dogen's Bendowa
(sometimes called "A Talk about Pursuing the Truth")
our son, Leon, started throwing up at 4am ... and I've been up all
night and all day with him (he is better now, after the doctor gave him
something. But my wife, Mina, is off at an Ai-ki-do tournament this
week, so it is just me to take care of Leon).
That's okay. In
fact, that is practice, life ... life-practice. A child's moans are
just a Sutra being chanted, his fever the Dharma (we have some parents
in our Sangha with kids with physical conditions truly chronic and
serious, much more than a passing stomach flu. Those families practice
with this every day, and in a profound way I can barely imagine).
Master Dogen's "Talk about Pursuing the Truth" will have to wait a couple of days, cause right now there is the truth of a sick child.
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)