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Session Teisho

By Tarrant, John, Roshi

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Title: Session Teisho  
Author: Tarrant, John, Roshi
Language: English
Subject: Religion, Buddhism, Buddhism and literature
Collections: BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network
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Excerpt: When we begin on the road of spiritual work, we're trying to deal with the usual problems of greed, hatred and ignorance. One of the things we discover is that meditation works and things do soften and become more spacious for us. We also discover that after a certain time all the ways in which we're actually meditating are out of greed, hatred and ignorance as well. We're meditating because we want something in some sort of materialistic way, or because we are frightened of something and we're trying to get away from it, to find a place far from it, or, we're just sitting there dully having our lives drift along like a log pretending to be a crocodile. Then, in some way, we have to take action. The problem is that any action we take tends to be mediated by greed, hatred and ignorance as well. The old masters gave a lot of thought to this problem. One of their solutions revolved around just how to hold intention. I think it's good to have an intention; it's good to want to open the heart, open the eyes, open the mind. It really does change things. Getting enlightened gives us quite different problems and it changes the whole aspect of how we relate with other people. So it's good to go further and further into that vast meadow.


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