01 September 2014

Contemplation: Labor

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:

Just as the rich elder,
Knowing his son's inferior disposition,
By his skillfulness
Trains his mind,
And afterward gives him
All his wealth,
So it is with the Buddha
In his display of rarities.

Threefold Lotus Sutra, p. 123, translation altered slightly.  Posted in honor of Labor Day. Lotus Sutra Chapter 4 is an extended parable invoking the role of labor in everyday life and in the Buddhist path.

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