Brad Warner - The Extraordinary Thing

“You must reflect that if you were born in heaven you would cling to ceaseless bliss and not give rise to way seeking mind. This would not be conducive to practice.” - Dogen

At the request of our tenzo, Brad reads from Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun (Instructions to the Cook) about joyful mind, nurturing mind, and magnanimous mind. He uses these as a launching pad to discuss what we mean by greatness in practice and how these extraordinary experiences are not some far off ideal but what we are already experiencing right now. The sangha discusses drug experiences, what to do with special states achieved in zazen, and the subversiveness of the word “great.”