Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is Russ typing.  Following up on last night’s post regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden, I came across this Katagiri-Roshi quote today.  It explains my feelings much better than I was able to:

“All sentient beings are allowed to live and are, from the beginning, forgiven for living their lives in this world. Everything, whatever it is, has some reason why it exists: evil, good, even something neither evil nor good. You cannot destroy devils just because you don’t like them. Even though you don’t like monsters, still there is some reason why they exist. Everything is entitled to live in the world in peace and harmony beyond our judgment, our evaluation. This is the first condition we have to realize: Everything is Buddha.”

—  Dainin Katagiri-Roshi