The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism
Does the spiritual life demand starkness and sacrifice? Can we follow our spiritual aspirations when we still have connections to the material world? In this excerpt from Dialogues in a Dream, Zen master Musō Soseki addresses this timeless matter.
Some years ago the Saturday lecture at Berkeley Zen Center focussed on details of Zen forms: how to bow during service, how to walk in the zendo, how to eat during formal meals. Afterwards one student asked: “Why do Zen teachers talk about these things so much? Why don't I hear them speak more about love?"
The speaker, Sojun Mel Weitsman, responded: "Love? That's all we ever talk about."
Not What You Think
Learn the story behind the classic Zen poem Ten Verses of Unfathomable Depth in these excerpts from our recent book Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem. (Read the poem here).