Katagiri Roshi

‘Buddha’s abode is not a room in a structure; it is the room of human existence, the great energy of life. When you see the depths of human existence and touch the original life of all beings, very naturally you open your heart to all beings. Buddha’s robe is the symbol of patience. If you want to teach, you have to be right in the middle of human life. To wear the robe is to be in peace, to practice conciliation and tolerance, and to continue under all circumstances. The seat of Buddha is not some fancy platform; it is emptiness, the original nature of being. There is nothing particular you can cling to, you can think, or you can imagine. You just have to be there. Then you can teach.’ (The Light That Shines Through Infinity)

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