Illness provides a rich opportunity to see into impermanence. It also calls us to a particular way of taking responsibility for ourselves. How can we practice illness without becoming lost in our desire to get well? We always have a choice between pursuing our suffering or giving it up once and for all. When we become clear about the root of our illness, then we see that ultimately, there is nothing to fix. And yet, healing is necessary. So how do we heal completely? Photo by Timo Balk
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Blue Cliff Record, Case 87:
Yunmen's Medicine and Sickness Subdue Each Other
Zen Center New York City—April 1, 2012
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