A brief recorded talk by Jesse Cardin, Sensei, on Dogen’s “The Buddha way is to study the self.”
Life is full of twists and turns and Buddhism has always been concerned with the very real question of how to navigate them.
The human is fundamentally a joyous animal, reveling in the rush and release of activity and rest, consumption and elimination, equipped from the start with a magnificent capacity for receiving the world’s bounty.
Life is fundamentally fraught. To open one’s mouth is to invite argument and to make any decision is to risk regret. To take a step in any direction is to put our life – or at least our ego – in danger.
There is a drum playing somewhere and we dance even though we can’t hear it; countless hands pass us along while we sleep.
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