Shinshu Roberts

‘When we include everything in our understanding, we are more cognizant of the intrinsic value of each thing, and we are more aware of the place each being or event has in relationship to us. We don’t exclude anything, recognizing that everything is already present. Accepting things as they are is predicated upon knowing that the present includes all those things we want and those things we don’t want. We cannot reject anything merely because it causes us discomfort of does not fit our idea of how it should be. Our suffering arises from this overlay of likes and dislikes, but truthfully there is nothing obstructing the fully realized moment because nothing is excluded and all things arise simultaneously.’ (Being-Time)

This was another book I took out of the Tassajara library while I was there, though I didn’t have time to get very far through it. I have heard Shinshu talk on Dogen’s fascicle Uji before, and it seems she has been honing her material as the book has slowly come together. I look forward to reading the rest of it.

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