The Passing of a Teacher

John Daido Loori John Daido Loori, the general abbot of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) and Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, died today.

Bernie Glassman wrote a tribute on his Dharma brother’s passing today that is worth reading.

I know that he has had a remarkable effect and been an influence on many many Buddhists in America, Zen or otherwise. I know that his writings have affected me greatly and I feel a bit of sadness at his passing, as natural as it is for all of us.

I ask people to pause and reflect on him and then their own lives, this very moment with the passing of this great American teacher and leader.

Update: I enjoyed this entry at Sweep the dust, push the dirt. The part below especially stuck with me as a practitioner:

  1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
  2. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.
  3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
  4. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
  5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand. </ol>