As I mentioned yesterday, Blanche increasingly concentrated on lovingkindness in her last years, and at most of the Saturday lectures she gave, copies of the Lovingkindness Meditation, Zen Center’s lightly adapted translation of the Metta Sutta, were handed out for everyone to chant together. It was inspiring to witness, not just how much effort she put into being completely compassionate, but also to see that we can all keep learning and working on ourselves even into old age. I am very aware of my own shortcomings in this realm, and it has been my intention recently to work on improving my own capacity for compassion and lovingkindness. My sense of lack  does not stop me from teaching on the subject though, which I will be doing at Divinitree this coming Sunday, with Dawn Hayes. It would be delightful if any of my readers were able to make it.

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2 thoughts on “Lovingkindness

  1. I decided to pick-up one book for this date and ponder wisdom! Seeds for a Boundless Life, jumped into my hands and I flipped to — ‘Being Just This One’ – Blanche comment on Dogen’s Self Employing Awareness/Bendowa; really touched me this morning. ‘Our present practice will affect all time: past, present, and future. And each moment of Zazen is full of this realization.’
    a bit off-the-subject and maybe, not
    thanks for your post


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