Shodo Harada

‘It is often asked how someone who holds on to nothing can understand the pain in the world. Or how one who has nothing in his or her mind can posibly teach. That is only a concept of something not intellectually understandable; that state of holding on to nothing has to be experienced. We see pain, and with goodwill we want to help. We can’t sit by and watch it happen. When we have no personal ideas and no places in which we’re caught, we are open to another’s experience. Through all of our senses we receive the pain of all people. Because our unencumbered perception does not add on ideas about the pain, we receive everything just as it is.’ (Not One Single Thing)

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