Next Monday Lisa will share some interesting approaches to practice that were reinforced on her retreat, as well share the overall retreat experience. One specific area she plans to talk about is practicing with pleasure and “rapture.” This isn’t something that’s discussed often, but it’s a focus that she feels is quite useful to those of us who are lay practitioners. The following week we will resume our focus on the Paramitas.
This week’s reading is a classic quote from Zen Master Dogen. It’s short but to the point. The key to genuinely understanding this is to move beyond the conceptual and experience this directly, in your own practice and life. It also applies to experiencing both pleasure and pain.
To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.