laura cleveland

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"Do not just leave washing the rice or preparing the vegetables to others but use your own hands, your own eyes, your own sincerity. Do not fragment your attention but see what each moment calls for; if you take care of just one thing then you will be careless of the other. Do not miss the opportunity of offering even a single drop into the ocean of merit or a grain atop the mountain of the roots of beneficial activity." 

- Dogen's "Tenzokyokun," trans. White Wind Zen Community 

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"Practice just here is not apart from realization. Fortunately, each one of us has individually inherited this wondrous practice; each beginner’s endeavor of the way brings forth original realization in the realm of the unconstructed. Know that not to divide this realization, which is inseparable from practice, buddha ancestors always caution you not to be lax in your practice. Release this wondrous practice, and original realization fills your hands. Liberate original realization and wondrous practice is upheld throughout your body."


-- Dogen's "Bendowa," trans Village Zendo 

https://villagezendo.org/bendowa-on-the-endeavor-of-the-way/



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About laura cleveland

Laura Cleveland has been practicing residentially in Soto Zen temples in Shunryu Suzuki's lineage for the last three years. Before that, she attended St. John's College in Annapolis, studying liberal arts with a personal focus in Ancient Greek philosophy, 20th century literature, and the music of Bach. Having recently left Tassajara, the remote mountain monastery of San Francisco Zen Center where she lived for two years, she is exploring ways of engaging with the modern situation and offering her mind and her voice to the world.