The following is adapted from a talk Myogen Steve Stücky gave at San Francisco Zen Center, where he served as abbot. Stucky passed away from cancer one year ago, the morning prior to New Year’s Day 2014. —Eds.Tricycle Magazine
To what shall
I liken the world?
Shaken from a crane's bill.
—Dogen, Zen Master
Buddhist practice is a wonderful, very important expression of people's interest in something that goes beyond their own self-interest. It is a profound practice, a lineage practice. We actually have the capacity, and, in a sense, each of us has the responsibility—whether we know it or not or like it or not—to understand it. Study it. Practice it. Make it available to others. And in that way, this lineage can continue to be sustained and evolve and develop and be helpful. This has been the most important thing: to do this practice. I propose to each of you, if you can find something better, then do that. But whatever it is, make it the most profound expression of your life.
(--from, To the Last Moment, Facing a terminal diagnosis, a Zen teacher reflects on what he'll leave behind. by http://www.tricycle.com/blog/last-momentMorning light.