Robert Aitken

When You Check in to a Hospital

When you check in to a hospital the procedures are arbitrary and infantalizing. After you are there for a while you realize they are just right for you, yet the procedures have not changed. When you first take up zazen, you hear the expression “All Beings by Nature are Buddha”. This is abstract and unreal. After you practice for a while, maybe a long while, you realize this very body is the Buddha, but it’s not Buddha nature that’s changed.

–RA

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