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    We're all ambassadors

    Hi all,

    While at work tonight, reminding myself to act with loving kindness, compassion and patience (we've all had moments at work when we need to remind ourselves of our prarice), thinking on Kannon as a model for how I would like to behave (I almost used the word 'should' here, but I feel 'should' is a word that imposes restrictions on people) and how we act as Kannon's eyes, hands and heart.

    It then occurred to me that, as Buddhists, we aren't just Zen practitioners, Buddhists, or Bodhisattvas (though of course we are those as well if we choose to be); we are ambassadors for the Buddha. In our behaviours and actions we represent the Buddha and his teachings.

    This made me think; we have a responsibility to The Buddha and Ancestors to be a role models of kindness and compassion in the world, for the sake of all sentient beings.

    I feel that, before, Shakyamuni, the Patriarchs and other Ancestral teachers were just names and dates in a lineage to me, now it occured to me that all these people really were just like the rest of us, and the recordings of them as enlightened teachers (such as in the Denkoroku) were a snippet of their lives that came about after a lifetime of dedication, struggle, confusion, frustration, legs falling asleep, stiff backs, sleepy sitting, numb butts and effort leading to that moment of realisation, yet still with legs falling asleep, stiff backs, sleepy sitting, numb butts and effort, just like the rest of us (Shakyamuni included).

    The 100 or so Patriarchs in our Dharma Lineage and the thousands of monks and lay practitioners over the centuries all made an effort to practice and transmit the teachings and through their effort we are lucky enough to be able to have access to these teachings, so that we too can practice, working through confusion, frustration, struggle, numb butts and legs, stiff backs, falling asleep, yet through dedication and effort we come to the same realisation, and see with the eyes of Buddha (still with numb legs and butts, stiff backs and falling asleep).

    It's made me feel a deep gratitude to all those who have come before that have brought the Dharma through the generations so you and I can practice, and they were just as human as us, with all the same blocks to practice, yet they broke through them (or rather let them go) and so can we : )


    Sorry for rambling : S

    Thank you for reading : )

    Gassho

    Ryan

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    Thank you Ryan,

    this is beautiful, and so well said. I am feeling this sense of responsibility too. Where it came from I don't know, suddenly it was there. We represent, we hold and carry forward, we embody the Buddha that we have always been, Buddha comes forward in our behaviors and actions. And this is how we begin to save all beings.

    Your co-workers are lucky to work with you!

    Gassho
    Lisa
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    Thank you Ryan, what a lovely way to express our role as Buddhists ; and humans
    gassho
    #Sattoday

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    Lovely words Ryan, thank you. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday

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    Thanks everyone : )

    Gassho

    Ryan

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    That right there is amazing inspiration to go sit. Thank you!!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    Running to sit now

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    Thank you. Let us all live to bring a more beauty and goodness into this world.

    And let us recall the Buddha and Ancestors as just folks like us, living like us in a complex world, with the same aches and pains, though having a little to teach on how to live this life with a bit of grace, peace, seeing through the "whole catastrophe" to Wisdom and Compassion.

    Gassho, J

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    beautifully said ryan, really reminds me of both the practices fragility and enduring nature.

    may it persevere.

    sattoday.
    Nothing to do? Why not Sit?

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    Ryan, Very nicely said.

    Gassho
    Randy
    sitsoon

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    Thank you Ryan,

    This reminds me of a project an artist once did... We're all human and indeed, we're all ambassadors.

    800-8-checker.jpg

    Gassho
    Ongen

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    Thank you for the reminder

    Metta

    Gassho

    Clarisse Sat2Day


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ongen View Post
    Thank you Ryan,

    This reminds me of a project an artist once did... We're all human and indeed, we're all ambassadors.

    800-8-checker.jpg

    Gassho
    Ongen

    Sat Today


    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    Three bows
    Gassho
    Heisoku
    Sat today


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