“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human – in not having to be just happy or just sad – in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”
Yamaoka as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He then called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.
Desiring to show his attainment, he said: “The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no realisation, no delusion, no sage, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received.”
Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.
“If nothing exists,” inquired Dokuon, then where did this anger come from?”
No matter how disciplined my practice is, I still feel doubt, anger, fear and stress. My practice definitely helps me in many ways, however, we exist in life as a human being, and with that comes fluctuating emotions, feelings and ego.
Understanding and accepting this humanness, helps limit the pressure of perfection we place on ourselves and others. That we can be both broken and whole.
When we live in this compassion and truth, we create peace within and in those around us.