"If we have faith in our Buddha nature, then we can be steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity in our practice. We don't practice Zen in order to gain something, such as peace of mind or ease and comfort. We practice to realize who we are. The Third Patriarch in China instructed us to 'not seek for the truth, but to cease to cherish our opinions.' If we practice in this way, then our meditation is no longer a project about something that we are trying to do, but it is an expression of who we are."
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005