Robert Aitken Roshi, pictured at left at an anti-war demonstration, was one of the driving forces behind the “Engaged Buddhism” movement in the west. We mourn and cry for his leaving this visible world this week, although hand in hand we know there is no life or death, no place to go. Zen offers both ways of seeing.
Likewise, there is no where to go, nothing to attain, nothing in need of fixing, to add or remove. Yet, how we fix this world, nurturing the good and removing the bad, is largely up to us. We had best make this world better.
Roshi famously said that the phrase “socially engaged” and “Buddhism” is redundant. We practice to awaken… yet we practice to “save all sentient beings.” And those sentient beings, though never in need of saving from the start, cannot live on “merit” and “awakening.” [Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]
Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.