Since Friday is for sharing the thoughts of other Masters of Meditation, let me share with you this profound Zen Buddhism quote that has been an inspiration to me throughout my spiritual journey. This Zen quote is often used as a prayer in Zen monasteries and I came across during my Zen Meditation training at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York. I hope it motivates and uplifts you as much as it has me.
Zen Buddhism Quote on Life & Death:
“Let me respectfully remind you, life & death are of supreme importance. Time passes swiftly and opportunity is lost. Each of us must strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your lives.”
A few important aspects of this quote that I think are worth highlighting are below.
1. Your responsibility in life is to awaken. Everything else is secondary. EVERYTHING! This does not mean you do not participate in the world, it means you participate according to the discipline your spiritual practice is creating for you. Your supreme goal is always The Supreme.
2. Human life is an invaluable opportunity that must not be squandered. Don’t take this opportunity for granted and don’t waste it in pursuit of frivolous desires.
3. Your house is on fire, this is not the time to hit the snooze button, you need to act; you need to get out! You must have a great sense of urgency in order to summon the necessary energy to break through the trap of duality. You can’t do this by dabbling about and being lukewarm about your dedication. You need to have fierce passion and urgency, then you have a chance. Act Now!