Soko Morinaga

‘To take the unsettles self in hand, under whatever conditions, and return to the mind with which one set out; to pick oneself up again, after the mind changes, weakens, and breaks down, and stiffen the determination; to carry through the oft-reconstructed original vow – isn’t this the true meaning of courage?’ (Novice To Master)

He is speaking hear of the rigours of tangaryo in the Japanese training system, but I think it applies to the best of practice generally. Much of the book is like this – I hesitate to quote some parts of it, as they do refer to a particular method of training, and don’t make that much sense outside it; the training I received at Zen Center, and Tassajara in particular had some elements of the rigour, but fewer of the deliberate attempts to subjugate the ego.

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