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Zen Practice: Sitting in Silence with the Pain of the World

What is Zen practice all about? It is following our heart to the path of true freedom, the wisdom of seeing things as they are, which leads us to compassion. We are helped by countless people who have gone before us. We look to Shakyamuni Buddha and his own awakening experience for a hallmark of our own aspiration to live an awakened life. The long line of ancestors named in the Zen lineages also lies before us as models. Here I take the 13th century Zen master Dogen as our launching pad for looking at ourselves and our own practice and seeking the awakened Way that our hearts are longing for. Let us first remain in silence for a minute, breathing in solidarity with the world in pain. We in


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