Shodo Harada

‘From the birth of civilization, or going back even further, to the beginning of the earth, all these millions of years, everything has been left up to desires and instincts: liking and disliking, wanting this and that, using our bodies always for these desires, acting with anger, greed, and hate; yearning endlessly for something, always something else; always holding anger within, or always complaining about what is going on. Why are we so angry, so greedy, so ignorant? We do not even know, but there is no end to our lack of satisfaction. We are always wanting something else, something more. We are always thinking about what everybody else is doing. And for what? We do not even know. Yet not knowing, we continue doing it – our complaining and desiring continue to arise from that craving mind.’ (The Path to Bodhidharma)

3 thoughts on “Shodo Harada

  1. Hi ShundoHope you are well and happy. My name is Adam from Wimbledon Zen and I am a friend of Alan’s. I understand that you will be visiting us in the not too distant future which is fantastic! I was wondering if you might be able to help me…I am currently looking to start reciting the Bodhisattva Vow in Japanese at the start of the sessions that I lead at Wimbledon Zen but am finding it difficult to find the vow in Japanese with intonation and phonetically layed out.  I know you must be incredibly busy but I was wondering if you might either be able to send me some kind of audio file with the vow written phonetically to accompany it or point me in the right direction as to where I might be able to find such a thing… have a lovely day and I look forward to seeing you soon at Wimbledon Zen. Kind regards AdamSent from Yahoo Mail on Android


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