Treeleaf Zen

As we get ready for our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts Ceremony) this Saturday (see here)

… some folks wrote to ask whether the Precepts were really necessary.

Don’t the Precepts, and gentleness … a dropping of greed, anger and ignorance … naturally arise in our Zazen and Zen practice?

Well, perhaps it is not so simple:

Yes they naturally arise, and become more and more our way of living.

But, as with the garden I am sitting by today, they also require some careful cultivation.

(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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