Sawaki Roshi

‘There’s always something clotted in a human’s mind. To follow any “ism” is to be bigoted. If you are bigoted, you cannot see the buddha-dharma, no matter how closely you are facing it.
A thought is nothing but a made-up story. Buddha-dharma is everything before we make up stories.’  (The Zen Teaching of “Homeless” Kodo)

The word bigot probably gets much more traffic now than it did fifty or sixty years ago when Sawaki Roshi was speaking, but what he say is only more true – another great mic drop moment from an old teacher.

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