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Buddhadharma : Fall 2011
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2 0 11 64 My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life. she may worry if she doesn’t get her breakfast, but she doesn’t sit around worrying about whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine. But we human beings are not like dogs. we have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to under- stand the error in the way we think, our self- awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall. to some degree we all find life difficult, perplexing, and oppressive. even when it goes well, as it may for a time, we worry that it probably won’t keep on that way. depending on our personal history, we arrive at adult- hood with very mixed feelings about this life. If I were to tell you that your life is already perfect, whole, and complete just as it is, you would think I was crazy. nobody believes his or her life is perfect. And yet there is some- thing within each of us that basically knows we are boundless, limitless. we are caught in the contradiction of finding life a rather per- plexing puzzle, which causes us a lot of mis- ery, and at the same time being dimly aware of the boundless, limitless nature of life. so we begin looking for an answer to the puzzle. American Zen pioneer Charlotte Joko Beck died in June at the age of 94. In this teaching she reminds us that having a sane and satisfying life comes from having a sane and balanced practice. the first way of looking is to seek a solu- tion outside ourselves. At first this may be on a very ordinary level. there are many people in the world who feel that if only they had a bigger car, a nicer house, better vacations a more understanding boss, or a more interest- ing partner, then their life would work. we all go through that one. slowly we wear out most of our “if onlies.” “If only I had this, or that, then my life would work.” not one of us isn’t, to some degree, still wearing out our “if onlies.” First of all we wear out those on the gross levels. then we shift our search to more subtle levels. Finally, in looking for the thing outside of ourselves that we hope is going to complete us, we turn to a spiritual discipline. Unfortunately we tend to bring into this new search the same orientation as before. Most people who come to the Zen Center don’t think a Cadillac will do it, but they think that enlightenment will. now they’ve got a new cookie, a new “if only.” “If only I could under- stand what realization is all about, I would be happy.” “If only I could have at least a little enlightenment experience, I would be happy.” Coming into a practice like Zen, we bring our usual notions that we are going to get some- where—become enlightened—and get all the cookies that have eluded us in the past. ➤ A Sane Life