Message from Henry: Finding our Bearings by Ruben Habito

Our Zen practice is a way for us to find our bearings… a point wherein we find a place of peace.

This week we have the end-of-year message that Sanbo Zen Teacher, Ruben Habito wrote for his sangha, the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. Enjoy!

With love and gratitude,
Henry

As the year 2017 winds down, we are invited to look at the milestones, the highlights, and lowlights, of the year about to end. Each one of us had had our own share of pains, of struggles, and twists and turns, but also of joys, of blessings, of things that evoke in us a sense of gratitude.

The world we live in continues to be in turmoil, and we face major challenges that impinge on our collective future as a global family. Our Zen practice is a way for us to find our bearings in all this, a point wherein we find a place of peace, a point where we also discover that we are intimately connected with one another and with the entire world. It is from that place of peace that we receive the inspiration, the vision and empowerment to take on our tasks of healing our wounded world.

May we continue to walk together on this journey through our shared practice, polishing our eye of wisdom, and allowing the floodgates of compassion to open up in our lives.

Deep bows, with palms joined,
Ruben

PS— Allow me to share with you two items that relate to our practice, which I find especially meaningful at this time as we behold the events of our world.

The Awakened Life: A Zen Meditation
Being With My Grief for the World


Image: Freezing Earth by Kanenori, CC0 Public Domain, from Pixabay
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