I'm feeling a bit scattered, and a little bit sick as well today. So, instead of a post on a particular topic, I'll offer some one liners that have been bouncing around in me, some for awhile now.
Too many convert Buddhists seem to divide the world into "inner" and "outer," and then over-focus on their "inner life."
Inner and outer are really just expedient labels to describe the relative.
Everything has a political dimension to it, so let's get over the phobia towards being "socially involved" already!
I've been thinking lately of Dogen's "practice realization" as more of a skillful means to spur on our trust in the moment as awakened on its own terms, rather than as him saying that we are literally enlightened in the moment of practice.
What "lay practice" means in Zen is kind of a mystery.
It's foolish to assume that years and years of meditation practice will bring about boundless wisdom, and yet this is one of the major criteria being used to determine who should teach and who shouldn't.
As our teacher at zen center recently said, the way we Zennies practice probably would look different if women had had an equal or greater share of the decision making power to determine what it all looked like historically.
People tend to not know shit about the actual workings of karma in their lives.
Convert Zen students are too serious. We need more joy and fun in our practice!
Contrary to what Neil Young once sang, it's not better to burn out than to fade away.