Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Paying Attention to Things I Can Touch



I have been rereading Ruben Habito's Living Zen, Loving God.
In his chapter on The Song of Zazen (written by Hakuin), he makes the following observation about Hakuin:

Hakuin did not write great tomes, but he had a grasp of the intricacies of Buddhist Doctrine and occasionally wrote treatises on various Zen themes. His life, writings, and teachings occasioned a revival of Zen that made it's mark throughout the country of Japan in the succeeding centuries. And yet for all this he was a very practical and pastoral person, concerned with the well being of the people around him, with special concerns for the poor and the sick...


What caught my attention in this little paragraph was, "And yet for all this he was a very practical and pastoral person, concerned with the well being of the people around him..."


This reminded me of how important it is to be intimate with the things you are close enough to touch. This reminded me how important it is to pay attention where you are with compassion and loving kindness and maybe this practice can ripple out beyond your touch, and in some small way, change the world.

Gassho,

Alan



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