Shohaku Okumura

‘Enlightened or deluded, we are living out our as-it-isness, and yet we are always blind to it. This is our life as human beings. First we have to realize that we are deluded. Then we have to go back to the reality of life through the practice of this reality. As-it-isness for human beings is dynamic. We live in the reality of life, yet always lose sight of it, so we must return to it… To go back to the reality of life in the midst of this reality is our practice. This practice is based on vow. This vow is not a promise we make to the Buddha, but rather a manifestation of the foundation of our being. This is the most fundamental meaning of taking a vow. We go back to the reality of life within that reality.’ (Living By Vow)


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