Posted by: Upāsaka | 09/23/2017

Practicing for Myself, Practicing for Others

I recently mad a commitment to “host” a session of zazen every morning from 4:30 to 5:00 am on Treeleaf’s scheduled sitting Hangout. Although I first did this as a way to give back to the Sangha there I am finding it to be extremely rewarding on a personal level as well. Being “forced” to awaken earlier than normal to ensure that others who may be looking for support or company in their practice can get it has changed my practice completely.

I now find I have time for almost a full hour and a half of formal practice and chanting every day before 6 am which is something I’ve been struggling with for years. I am so grateful for this gift and am seeing, once again, how there really is no distinction between practicing for myself and practicing for others. We are always already doing both if we are doing anything at all.

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