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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
DAININ KATAGIRI ROSHI 95 your hatred and you return to emptiness together. That’s all you can do. In the next moment that form of hatred is gone, and something new is arising. Whatever it is, accept it, face it, and be free from it. Just keep walking step by step. Standing up straight under all conditions is called right accep- tance. It is to accept your whole life and refresh yourself with the lively energy that is constantly arising from deep in your life. You can depend on that energy and use it in whatever situation you encounter. Using it lets you accept your thoughts and feelings and deal with them straightforwardly and compassionately, then relax your mind and let them go. Right acceptance is also to accept yourself as you really are, with- out comparing yourself with others. If you are a violet, be patient and wait for the violet’s life force to bloom. But if you work for a company, the company may want you to bloom in a particular way. Maybe they will tell you to bloom not as a violet but as a rose. They will do things like put up lists of who is the best salesman. In a sense, that’s pretty nice—it seems to be encouragement. But encourage- ment is not always good for you. Sometimes it makes you nervous, because it causes you to see the world dualistically. When you look around, you see many people who are nervous. Even if they have money and high social status, they are unhappy because they are violets who are trying to bloom as roses. If you ask yourself, “Which will I be, a violet or a rose?” then you are making comparisons. But before you compare yourself with somebody else, you are already you. So just be you. Stand up straight, right in the vastness of your original existence, and let the flower of your life force bloom as you really are. nothing to depend on Sometimes people who do zazen say the whole world is shining. From an objective point of view, we don’t understand how trees and birds can shine. But if you do zazen, maybe you will tell me the world is shining. What do you mean? Why are the trees completely