The End of The World

The End of The World

Not to be reached by traveling is the end of the world,
Yet there is no release from sorrow
Unless you reach the end of the world.
The one who is wise and leads a loving life
Begins to know the world. That one will go to the world’s end.
And then he will neither long for this world
Nor for any world.

Shayamuni Buddha
Anguttara Nikaya

With deep appreciation for my teachers and students.
Doen

Photo of Zen Mountain Monastery Ancestors Hall
by Caryn Shudo Silberberg

Zen Leaf, Zen Sword

Zen Leaf, Zen Sword

Many years ago Caryn and I received a letter from Maezumi Roshi:

Front side, back side, front side, back side
Autumn leaves falling down

We live in a forest of leaves: front and back, yes and no, up and down
At any moment our leaf may fall to the ground
So what do we choose?

Intimately understanding these very troublesome leaves as realization
is our practice.
Throwing ourselves completely into these leaves is the wonderful practice of delusion.
There is an old saying about swordsmanship:
“One Cut, One Life.”
This is the spiritual sword of total commitment and oneness.
Because there is nothing outside it,
It takes care of everything.
Front side, back side.
Either side is O.K.

Photo by Caryn Shudo Silberberg