Sangha notes for 9-25-17

Steve read from The Eight Gates of Zen by John Daido Loori:
“One of the important parts of training as laid down by Master Dogen is what he calls ‘purification.’ This purification gets down to the nitty-gritty of life itself. His teaching is that the daily actions of our life are sacred…. [Purification] is not an attempt to be rid of pollutants, sins, or guilt, but rather the self-affirmation of original purity or emptiness, totally untouched by dualism. It is the simple act of using the bathroom, washing the face, brushing the teeth. Whether you are eating, working, or bowing, be present with the whole body and mind. Tune into yourself, into your body, into your life. Every act is not only a ritual in Zen—it is a sacrament.”