Doing the right thing doesn’t always mean following the rules, says edward brown. He only wishes he had known that years ago when he was deciding the fate of a young Zen student at Tassajara.
Once Katagiri Roshi told us, “Practicing Zen is not like training your dog: Sit. Heel. Fetch. We are not training ourselves to be obedient and to just follow the rules. We are training ourselves to wake up.” When a teacher says this, you know he’s seen a lot of people trying to get it right. And failing. And being miserable.