"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

September 23, 2011

Zen is Not Beyond Morality - It is Living Morality

"When Zen arrived and began to take root in this country, there arose a misconception about the role of morality and ethics in the practice of the Buddhadharma. Statements that Zen was beyond morality or that Zen was amoral are made by distiguished writers on Buddhism, and people assumed this was correct. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Enlightenment and morality are one. Enlightenment without morality is not true enlightenment.  Morality without enlightenment is not complete morality. Zen is not beyond morality, but a practice that takes place within the world based on moral and ethical teachings..."

John Daido Loori Roshi from Invoking Reality: The Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen
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