Gyokko Sensei

‘Once I realized that the point is to be here, there is no reason to rush or be anxious. Ride the flow of nature. If you don’t do this, you suffer a great deal. With this, I saw how I didn’t have to suffer. It’s very difficult! The reasoning is not hard to understand, but to do it is difficult!
To accept everything is the final and highest form (sugata) of humanity. You complete life when you can do this. The image that guides me is of a woman simply bowing, hands together in prayerful gesture. She receives all without judging and without anguish. This is the image of Kannon [goddess of compassion]. Kannon’s heart accepts everything.’ (quoted in Paula Arai’s Bringing Zen Home)

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