“… the point of all of this is to be of service, each in our own unique way …”
Description: Henry begins by talking about a recent workshop at Mountain Cloud with noted calligrapher and translator of Dogen, Kaz Tanahashi. Dogen is a national treasure in Japan, both expressing and shaping the collective soul of the country, just as Pushkin in Russia. Inspired by a talk given by Kaz, Henry discusses Dogen’s notion of the Way as a circle, with a focus on the following stages: aspiration; practice; enlightenment; nirvana. Dogen is encouraging us to bypass our familiar, and often tyrannical, linear mindset by evoking the image of a circle. Ultimately, as Henry beautifully expresses, the point of all of this is to be of service, each in our own unique way.