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The Middle Path, One Day At A Time

Excuse me for not dying

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What would Buddha do?

Every spring and fall, enlightenment-seekers from all over come here to find out, converging for arduous weeklong retreats at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in a red rock canyon among the thermal springs and Indian pueblos west of Santa Fe.

Dressed in black robes, they strive to live in the moment and awaken to the oneness of everything by rising at 3 a.m. for 18-hour sessions sitting lotus-style in the zenda, or meditation hall, eating communal vegan meals in silence, chanting and taking restorative dips in the hot pools.

But mostly they come to practice with an impish, smooth-faced Japanese monk, Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a 100-year-old Rinzai Zen master, one of the oldest in the world, who tells followers, “Excuse me for not dying.”

Monk says, ‘Excuse me for not dying’ / Rinzai Zen master challenges students with tough love – Buddhist style

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

One thought on “Excuse me for not dying

  1. One wonders whether one could comment anything at all. But perhaps just to wonder what five simple words can mean.

    Perhaps it is a joke. In my experience, Zen teachers tend to have well-developed senses of humor.

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