Torei

‘Mature or not, it’s all a matter of long-term practice. One should progress in study as much as possible according to the teacher’s method. The same is true of the vows of students of the Way; although incapable at first, eventually they’ll succeed. Even if temporarily discouraged by obstructions caused by ingrained habits, if you can keep your vows in mind you will return to your original mind before long.
For this reason, those who are basically lazy ought to rely on these vows all the more; those who are dull and ignorant ought to rely on these vows all the more. Those whose perception of nature is clear ought to rely on these vows all the more; those whose intellectual functions are independent ought to rely on these vows all the more.’ (The Undying Lamp of Zen)

I don’t remember where I picked up this book – perhaps someone gave it to me – but I have been enjoying reading it on my commute. I had just read this passage, and was reflecting on my own laziness, when the train came out of the darkness of the trans-bay tunnel into a day with high scattered clouds, a sheltering sky benevolent over the dockside rail tracks, and I laughed deep inside and forgot what I was worried about.

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