Life is constantly providing us with a rich bounty of teachings. Sometimes they come in the form of spiritual books or talks, but they are also coming from our angry boss, our nosy neighbors, and our inner feeling of unease. The question is, are we listening or not? If we turn away from life and refuse to work with the people and situations that challenge us, we are missing out on some of life's most valuable offerings. In order to truly experience our lives and gather all its treasures, we need to cultivate awareness. This awareness will lead us to a full appreciation of all of the tastes of life, both the sour and the sweet.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Book of Equanimity, Case 7:
Yaoshan Ascends the Seat