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Continuing our discussion of time … we go back to the future …

What’s a Zen ‘approach’ to the future? 

Well, again, we experience the future many ways at once!

Today’s sitting is dedicated to Chan Master Sheng Yen, who passed away in a hospital in Taiwan last night. A wonderful and sincere teacher. Shortly before his death, he composed this poem …

無事忙中老,

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本來沒有我,

生死皆可拋。

 Busy with nothing, growing old.

Within emptiness, weeping, laughing.

Intrinsically, there is no “I.”

Life and death, thus cast aside.

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

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