Entangling circumstances

February 16th, 2011 § 0 comments

Aitken roshi once again:

Muso Kokushi distinguished between three kinds of Zen students: those who shake off entangling circumstances and single-mindedly pursue their practice; those who scatter their attention and are fond of book learning; and those who just repeat the words of old teachers by rote.

There might be a touch of irony reading this in a book but I’m presently in that middle category, I think.

Shake off entangling circumstances

That’s a lot different than “wait for circumstances to improve,” isn’t it.

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