“The Great Way is not difficult, just avoid picking and choosing,” begins the Faith Mind Poem. But then why is it that we experience so much difficulty in our lives and practice? In this powerfully direct talk Shugen Sensei speaks about trust and its role in practice, as well as what it is and is not. Trusting ourselves does not mean rejecting the formal aspects of training. What is it to trust ourselves within practice and training? What is to trust the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha Treasures? What is trust, and what are we trusting?
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Blue Cliff Record, Case 58:
Zhaozhou Can't Explain
Zen Center New York City—June 10, 2012