Not seeming to protect
the paddy field
Scarecrow standing on the hillside —
By no means useless.
Roshi asks us to see ourselves as inseparable and integral parts of the whole world, and in this way let go of a narrow focus on our feeling of self-blame or failure. To illustrate, she tells a story from the Lotus Sutra, and a koan about Dogen’s teacher Rujing, who longed to be the head of the sanitation crew. Recorded August 20, 2016