Sudden and Gradual

 
 

"Sudden and Gradual"

Head of Assembly, Myobun Freinkel Tishman
Sunday Morning Service: 10:00am
August 11th

What is the work of waking up, and how do we locate it in the timeline of a human life? "The mind is like a clear mirror. / At all times we must strive to polish it” …. "The mirror has no stand. / Buddha-nature is always clean and pure.” Two competing verses, spoken by Zen ancestors in the 7th century. Do we gradually clarify and perfect our hearts as we walk the Way? Or, is our mind and heart always and already pure - and awakening something that happens suddenly, outside of time? Both visions seem accurate - but how do we live them both?