It Is Love

The path to Buddhahood for all
begins with compassion for all,
is walked with compassion for all,
and completed with compassion for all.

Stonepeace | Books

A brief verse that has always been recited at the Zen Center goes like this:

Great robe of liberation
Field far beyond form and emptiness
Wearing the Buddha’s teaching
Saving all beings

In the early sixties this was chanted only in Japanese. No one knew what it meant. One day a student went to Suzuki Roshi and asked, “What’s the meaning of that chant we do right after zazen?”  Suzuki said, “I don’t know.”

… his assistant teacher, started going through the drawers looking for a translation. Suzuki gestured to him to stop. Then he turned to the student, pointed to his heart, and said, “It’s love.”

Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories And Anecdotes Of Shunryu Suzuki
Edited By David Chadwick

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