Corey Ichigen Hess

‘Doing this creative, natural standing practice was a gateway for me to open up.  I started out of desperation.  It saved my life.  It awoke my zazen.  It gave me great faith in life being lived through me.  I think we all can do this, it is not something special.  Please have faith that even in simple practices we can discover universal truth.  Let’s discover what is beyond technique.  A deep clear samadhi is our birthright.’ (From Zen Embodiment)

This reminded me of one version of the third Pure Precept, which I recite to myself regularly when doing prostrations: I vow to live and be lived for the benefit of all beings. It’s good to remember that we are not necessarily in charge of all this, at least in the way we think we would like to be. So much more happens when we can let go like this.

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