Be a Bodhisattva and an Arhat

3 Nov 2023 12:20 PM | Genpo Roshi (Administrator)

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What I found is, for myself, I get very stuck in wanting to do something for others. That whole Bodhisattva vow is a wonderful vow, don't get me wrong, but the other side of the vow is we're very busy doing something. And we're not really at peace because there's always somebody suffering. So it's okay for one side of our triangle to be a Bodhisattva, but at the other side, be an Arhat. Make your life happier. Focus on yourself.

Do what makes you happy also. Don't only do for others, also do for oneself. Now that's almost blasphemy in Zen, but it's true. And it's why so many Zen masters have died early and young, because we go too far into wanting to do for others. Nothing wrong with it. Our life is about serving others. But completely serving, and when we're not serving, completely relaxing. We don't have to be in gear all the time, going, going, going.

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