An old master said: “Good people, as you eat, boil tea, sew and sweep you should recognize the one that is not busy. Then you will realize the union of mundane reality and enlightened reality.” This is the key to all practice, and the heart of lay practice, as Daido Roshi explains in this talk on being a bodhisattva in the workplace. In lay life, and in particular in our working lives, we can be every bit as engaged in spiritual practice as those living in monasteries. It requires great perseverance, but it is possible. Not only that—it’s our imperative.
by John Daido Loori, Roshi
True Dharma Eye, Case 83:
Yunyan Sweeps the Ground
Zen Mountain Monastery—May 27, 2006