Shohaku Okumura

‘We measure by comparison to familiar things. To measure means to understand or grasp. Without something familiar for comparison, we cannot measure anything. When we measure the size of the universe, we use a unit like a light-year. Since we can’t experience a light-year, it is an abstraction, something meaningful to scientists. To make meaningful measurements we must use our own experience as a yardstick. The Buddha and the Dharma are limitless and boundless and therefore cannot be measured. To comprehend something boundless, something infinite, we have to open our hands and become free of our yardsticks. We do this in zazen.’ (Living By Vow)

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