The Buddha said that realization is about putting an end to suffering. It is not simply about feeling better, fixing our relationships, or improving our health. Although these things may happen, they are not the ultimate goal of practice, which is why it is important that we be very clear about or intent and not shortchange ourselves.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Record of Dongshan: Do not Disregard Anything
Zen Center New York City—September 23, 2012