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Some Suggestions on Practice
The Existential Buddhist
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Web Page of Robert E. Kennedy, S.J. Roshi
Inisfada Zen
Clear Mountain Zen Center
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Hudson River Zen Center

From the Zen Center of San Diego Newsletter (January 1996)

Practice is about experiencing the truth of who we really are.

Practice is about being with our life as it is, not as we would like it to be.

Practice is about the clash between what we want and what is.

Practice is about the transformation of our unnecessary suffering.

Practice is about attending to, experiencing, wherever we are stuck,                         wherever we're holding, whatever blocks us from our true nature.

Practice is about turning away from constantly seeking comfort and                           from trying to avoid pain.

Practice ultimately deals with just one thing:                                                          the fear at the base of human existence -- the fear that I am not.

Practice is about willingly residing in whatever life presents to us.

Practice is about seeing through our belief systems; so even if they remain,               they no longer run us.

Practice is about turning from a self-centered view to a life-centered view.

Practice is about learning to be no one; not giving solidity to any                             belief system -- just being.

Practice is about learning to be happy; but we will never be happy                             until we truly experience our unhappiness.

Practice is about slowly increasing our awareness of who we are                               and how we relate to life.

Practice is about moving from a life of drama to a life of no drama.

Practice is always about returning to the true self.

Practice is about finally understanding the paradox that                                         although everything is a mess, all is well.

Practice is about learning to say "Yes" to everything, even when we hate it.

Practice always comes back to just the willingness to be.

1999 Ezra Bayda

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