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)