My meditation teacher says she practices so that she does not hurt other people. When she sits, she does no harm.
Just a few days ago, I got to visit Hazy Moon. The home base for our lineage and practice.
We pulled up & the house was inviting, warm and spacious.
The door opened & Karen Maezen Miller came out, huge smile, warm hug.
I looked around at all the beautiful plants, secret buddhas hiding behind them and the HAZY MOON sign.
Zen practice is not cozy. It’s not warm and fuzzy. It can be rather quiet, rather empty. Sometimes, cold & lonely.
The instructions are simple and there is no sugar coating. We JUST SIT. Mostly looking at a wall.
But Hazy Moon was so comfortable, warm. And so were the people I met.
Eventually we went to the Zendo, we gathered, we sat.
But here, we did no harm.
And later we listened to a powerful dharma talk about the state of our world, the state of our mind, & taking action to heal with world.
But, it starts with a sit.