We take the genuine spiritual path of renunciation when we realize that our habits, fixations, and craving cause suffering for ourselves and others. In order to see the roots of our neurosis and become free, we must cultivate deep silence and stillness. This can cause the insanity and suffering present in the world to be much more apparent to us. However, Shugen Sensei warns us that we cannot allow the calm of spiritual practice to become a hiding place. Instead, we must see the clarity that is always present, even in the midst of chaos. By trusting this inherent clarity, we can work within the world with wisdom and compassion.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
True Dharma Eye, Case 88:
Lingzhao's Bright and Clear