Bernard Glassman

‘People think they’ve failed when something doesn’t work out the way they expected it to work out. But most things don’t work out the way we expect them to.
That’s not to say that we shouldn’t try to make things happen the way we want them to, or even the way we hope they will. But we can’t expect that they’ll happen that way. We constantly have to take another look at the situation. Maybe something didn’t happen because it wasn’t the right time. Maybe something didn’t happen because the right people hadn’t come together, or maybe the circumstances weren’t right… The world always unfolds in its own way.’ (Instructions to the Cook)

This is another book I re-read while preparing for my Tenzokyokun class at Zen Center; Tetsugen Bernie Glassman was using Dogen to illustrate how he got many zen-infused projects off the ground, which some of the participants in the class are also keen to learn.

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