Zen is Difficult and Dangerous

Following a theme I mentioned in my last post – working with uncomfortable practice – I just read “Zen Practice is Difficult and Dangerous” over at Huffington Post by Rev. Zesho Susan O’Connell at San Francisco Zen Center. (Thanks to Brad Warner over at Hardcore Zen for linking to this article.)

I suggest giving it a read and, if you are engaged in Zen practice with a teacher, taking it into your practice and daily life. What unfolds when we dive in the deep end of practice? What is practice when we move beyond self-help and other-help?

What is the bodhisattva path when we move beyond thoughts of social activism and social complaisance, where there is no perception of a self, a being, a life, or a soul?

2 thoughts on “Zen is Difficult and Dangerous”

  1. Zen is also easy and comforting.

    Difficult/easy, dangerous/comforting arise from opposites-thinking. What happens when we let go of opposite-thinking? Perhaps that’s the place where the bodhisattva path emerges?

    1. How can we let go of opposite-thinking
      without stepping in the bear trap
      and feeling with our own body-mind
      we are already here?

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