The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

Daily Wisdom for November 13

by Lydia Anderson
November 13, 2013
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 11:00 -- landerson

“Many of us began spiritual practice as a means of resolving trauma. Unfortunately, the image of the unattached, enlightened, fierce Zen master who has transcended self-clinging and happily lives the hermit’s life, appealing as it is, may not be so useful to Westerners. We need to integrate meditation’s energetic awareness into our personal traumas, our wounds, and our defense mechanisms. Zen practice means finding the mind of meditation in times of fear, anger, and desire, rather than trying to banish fear, anger, and desire from our consciousness. We need to practice what we preach in intimate relationships that affect us on a daily basis. This dimension of practice is not well articulated in the stories that present male ancestors as masters who have completely transcended human needs, but is addressed repeatedly in the lives and teachings of female ancestors.”—Grace Schireson, Zen Women

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