Lion's Roar

How to Be an Ecosattva

ONE OF MY FAVORITE ZEN STORIES is short and simple. A student asks the master, “What is the constant activity of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas?” In other words, what’s special about the day-to-day lives of awakened people?

The master replies: “Responding appropriately.”

That’s all. No special powers, except being fully attentive to what’s actually happening and acting accordingly.

That’s an easy thing to do in a monastery. When the bell rings, you put on your robe and go to the Buddha Hall for meditation. But what about when one leaves the monastery gates and steps out into a

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