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Buddhadharma : Spring 2016
spring 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 71 concentrating on my practice. “It may be so,” Suzuki Roshi would say, “but it is not always so.” Too often, it seems to me, Buddhism teaches letting go of all desires rather than sorting out which desires are in align- ment with our true nature and which are getting us in their grip, pushing us this way and that. Of course, we do not want to be pushed around by unwhole- some desires, but we would want to uti- lize our gifts and resources to, as Suzuki Roshi encouraged us, “realize your True Nature and express yourself fully.” I’m convinced that this comes from study- ing what is inside. As Rumi wrote, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really want.” When we are not doing this—that is, when we are aiming to eliminate all desire—we are merely in the world of samsara, tying ourselves down with the teachings rather than using them for liberation. Needless to say, this could be a wonderful practice for nineteen years, as it was for me. When you do that, hopefully you end up with enough inner strength to be present with what is unfolding inside, and with enough courage to give it expression (in a way that others stay and do not flee the vicin- ity). What is inside is often not particu- larly articulate. Rumi suggests, though, “What was spoken to the rose that made it bloom is being spoken here in your heart now.” We listen with the ears inside the ears. When we allow thoughts and feelings to arise without getting tangled up with them, there is the opportunity for letting something hidden, ancient, or trouble- some simply appear, be acknowledged, and pass through. Our energy body can grow stronger as these blockages clear. We find our voice. We offer what we have to offer. We can share what we have to share. The teaching confronts each one of us. I let others go their way. And I go my own way, informed from within, thankful for Suzuki Roshi’s teaching: “Some of you are trying to be good Zen students. Why don’t you be yourself? I’ll get to know you better that way.” like us watch us learn with us dharmacrafts.com 866.339.4198 Key code BDA DharmaC r a f t s Meditation Cushions Buddhist Statues Bells & Gongs Jewelry & Gifts Zen Garden DharmaKids THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES since 1979 Sign Up for Emails (Teachings, New products, Sales) and Request a Catalog!