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Wash away the discriminating shadow...
Harada Roshi


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I am a parent of young children. In Zen there seems emphasis on monastic training as the best way to attain enlightenment. I tend to feel 'less than' those who live a monastic life.How can I best practice as a parent? Where can I draw inspiration that indeed this path is as valuable as a monk's?


Do not get stopped by ideas about how training should be. HERE NOW, this alive energy - awakening to this is what is important. If you do not awaken to your true self while being in the midst of your family, what else do you awaken to ? Do not lose sight of this great self, that is alive right here and now.


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