The Zen practice of just sitting, says Lewis Richmond, doesn’t help us to reach our destination. It allows us to stop having one. But how do you “go” nowhere?
Like everyone else, I have been pondering the significance and aftermath of the recent mass shooting in San Bernadino, CA.
Lewis Richmond remembers the great teacher who founded the San Francisco Zen Center and played a historic role in the establishment of Buddhism in the West.
You needn’t give harbor to thoughts of ill will, says Lewis Richmond, no matter how justified they seem to be.
A prince was so shocked that he went off to seek enlightenment. Now, birth, old age, sickness, and death is still the impetus for awakening.
“When you spend a week immersing yourself in lineage,” says Lewis Richmond, “It becomes deeper than an idea.”
To end this series, Zen teacher Lewis Richmond considers death’s surprising rival for the top honor among Buddhism’s “five great fears.”
The fourth instalment in a series of short writings on Buddhism’s “Five Great Fears” by Zen teacher Lewis Richmond.
The third instalment in a series of short writings on Buddhism’s “Five Great Fears,” by Zen teacher Lewis Richmond.
In the second instalment of this series, Zen teacher Lewis Richmond considers the common fear of becoming and being ill.