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Friday, February 13, 2015

Helping Others

So practice is not just to come to the zendo and sit in meditation posture; it is everything you do in your everyday life. It is, for example, to anticipate the wish of someone and bring a bowl of water, if such an activity is done with true zazen spirit (without thought of self). If your attitude is right, when you help another, you help yourself and vice versa. Sitting in zazen is the easiest, safest way to help yourself and others. It may be pretty hard to help others by kind words, by giving some good gift, or in some special way. Trying to help often creates more problems than it solves.

Excerpt from Trudy Dixon's summary of some Shunryu Suzuki lectures, THE TRADITIONAL WAY, 64-08-00 as found on from an edited lecture in an early Wind Bell -all Wind Bells and Suzuki lectures from Wind Bells.