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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
DAININ KATAGIRI ROSHI 93 Someday, right in the middle of your messy human life, in spite of your ignorance, you will touch something deep— the core of human life. At that time, your life really blooms. But when you rush, you become irritated and angry. You are mad at yourself, other people, and the whole world. That is arrogance, and you should be careful to avoid it, especially when you don’t know something. Giving talks is very interesting for me. It is one of the ways I hope to avoid ignorance, by poking into every nook and cranny, just like a cat. But sometimes I have felt that teaching Buddhism in the United States is like planting pumpkin seeds in pebbles and expecting them to grow. Human beings are arrogant and self-centered in all aspects of life—personal, business, even in religion. It seems useless to teach that we shouldn’t be arrogant, because no matter how long you talk, most people don’t realize how arro- gant they are. But if teachers stop talking, you know what will hap- pen. That is why, for century after century, buddhas and ancestors have been talking. So regardless of whether or not anyone under- stands my talks or changes their life, regardless of whether or not I like giving talks or my English is poor, I have to stand up straight, face the situation, and just continue to talk. That is to practice patience. To practice patience in the saha world doesn’t mean to suppress some feeling; it means to accept the whole universe. We practice patience in the human world because human life exists simultane- ously with eternal life. Human patience exists simultaneously with real patience. Real patience is the great patience of the whole uni- verse. How can you realize that great patience? To live in the human world is to walk in the mist of eternal life. Even though your human eyes cannot see everything clearly, you can be quiet, accept the whole universe, and throw yourself into the place where all sentient beings coexist in peace and harmony. Stand up there, deal with a situation straightforwardly, as best you can,