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Buddhadharma : Summer 2015
summer 2 0 1 5 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 45 instance, the self comes forward and is revealed. In this way, we learn to let go of self-concern and join with the whole of activity. In the moment of losing the self—of complete engagement—we are confirmed by the “myriad dharmas coming forth.” This is enlightened response. It is the inclusion of the other, the shared pain and joy of our life that brings forth compas- sion and wisdom. We are dancing with our fellow practitioners through this particular activity. In the moment of letting go, unhindered by suffering, we join all beings in making the world. Bowing to another, serving your teacher, the teacher serving you through teaching—each is an enactment of the buddhas and ancestors. Each moment we accept our interconnected, interpen- etrating life, we bring forth the totality of life and act in accordance with skillful means. Ritual and form invite us to explore this truth in a manner perfected by the people who have gone before us. Often we do not know what we are doing; it is happening beyond our intellectual understanding. It is a kind of yoga that permeates our psyche, body, and heart. Time and again we repeat a bow, an offering, a chant, trusting our- selves to that action, committing to it. These activities infuse the rest of our life. They inform how we drive our car and conduct relation- ships. Like the person who walks across a grassy field in the morning dew, we discover that our trou- sers are wet up to the knee. Without realizing it, we are thoroughly soaked by this practice. Each time it is new. Each time it is an opportu- nity to become Buddha’s Way. All of reality is com- ing forward to meet us, as we meet it. How fortu- nate we are. PHOTO | a. Jesse Jiryu davis Receiving the precepts at The Village Zendo in New York City