Finding peace, ease and stability
in our ordinary, extraordinary lives.
"Here is the place, here the way unfolds."
Dogen, Genjo Koan
Everywhere practice means there is nowhere practice does not reach;
no situation practice is not suited for; no moment, no breath that
is not absolutely practice.
Most of us live busy, demanding lives. We may think of our jobs,
our relationships, family and friends as obstacles to practice.
"If only things would slow down, then I could get to practice."
"If only I could get away."
"If only my boss, my partner, my kid would leave me alone,
then I could practice."
We imagine we need a quiet, distant mountain top in order to practice,
in order to truly find peace, ease and stability.
We imagine we need to leave the marketplace, to find a monastery tucked away from it all.
But we can find peace and ease right here, right now.
Life, like the marketplace, is dynamic, always in flux, always fluid.
Practice is life and life is practice.
Practice is not about getting away from all the challenging
circumstances of our lives but rather about being in the midst
of them with presence and space, with stability and ease.
Wherever we are is our monastery - even in the busy, chaotic, driven marketplace.
Especially in the busy, chaotic, driven marketplace.
Practice is radical inclusion.
Each moment of our life - with our challenging boss, our aging parent, our sad friend, our changing health, our daily commute, our anger and fear, our financial worries - is a perfect dharma gate.
The invitation is to deeply connect with our lives
right here, right now,
in each and every moment,
in each and every breath,
no matter what.
Life just as it is.
This we can each do.
Practice doesn't require special garb or equipment.
It doesn't require years of text or sutra study.
(Though all of the above may be helpful.)
Practice only requires that we bring our
intention and our attention
to each moment as it arises.
"When you find your place where
you are, practice occurs,
actualizing the fundamental point."
Dogen, Genjo Koan