This is Roshi's first Dharma talk of 2012. In this new year of the Dragon he invites us to take a backward step by turning our light inward in order to reveal our true self, our true nature, and our basic goodness. This suchness will help dissolve greed, anger and ignorance. He also, talks about how not to waste our precious time worrying about the past or future and being overly busy, but instead to manifest our profound selves in this very moment without delay.
“To study Buddism is to study yourself. To study yourself is to forget yourself in each moment. Then everything will come and help you. Everything will assure your enlightenment.”
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Jakusho Kwong-roshi is a successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. He has been teaching Zen in the United States and Europe for more than thirty years. He is the founder and abbot of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center outside of Santa Rosa, California. In 1995 he was given the title of Dendo Kyoshi, Zen Teacher, by the Soto School in Japan. He is one of nine Western Zen teachers to receive this acknowledgment. "Zen," he says, "is the aliveness we bring to each moment."
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