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Update on "washing dishes"



IN THE ZEN TRADITION, you may hear such wise-guy advice from Zen masters as: "Wash the dishes when you are washing the dishes." In other words, stay put in the moment by paying full attention to exactly what is happening in the moments of our daily life. There is no other place to look for awareness or enlightenment, or whatever other multisyllabic word of the week we are using to label our spiritual aims. It's eye-opening advice when you put it to use. Try it the next time you wash dishes, when your mind is everywhere but on the dishes---and the feel of hot water on your hands and the smell of soap in your nostrils.


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It takes experiencing pain to fully relish the feeling of pleasure
- bsb

(P.S. Now you know why they celebrate Hari Raya more than Chinese New Year or Deepavali. They fast.heh)

"Instructions for the tenzo" quoted from 'Moon in a Dewdrop', by Zen master Dogen

"When you wash rice and prepare vegetables, you must do it with your own hands, and with your own eyes, making sincere effort. Do not be idle even for a moment. Do not be careful about one thing and careless about another. Do not give away your opportunity even if it is merely a drop in the ocean of merit; do not fail to place even a single particle of earth at the summit of the mountain of wholesome deeds."

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