Shohaku Okumura

‘Saying all living beings – dogs, cats, plants, flowers – are living in Zen doesn’t mean they abide in meditation or samadhi, but rather that they are living the reality of life as it is, or tathata in Sanskrit. Everything lives in the reality of life, in Zen; but only human beings have to make a conscious effort to do so… Because of our doubts and delusions we cannot simply live in reality.’ (Living By Vow)

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