Nicolae Tanase: Professor Habito, what is the meaning of life?
Ruben Habito: There is no “meaning of life” apart from living it, breath by miraculous Breath, moment by wondrous moment. It’s welcoming every day as a new day, opening one’s heart to the Infinite dwelling in each here and now. It’s the quiet joy of just be-ing, earnestly wishing, may all be well, may all beings be well.
Hearing the cries of the world, it’s crying out from one’s own pain with all those in pain. It’s offering a helping hand, not letting the other hand know. It’s seeing a child smile, and smiling back. It’s being hurt, and refraining from hurting back. It’s being loved, and loving back with all one’s got. It’s growing up, getting old, getting sick, dying, bowing out, with palms joined, heart filled with boundless gratitude. And through all this, knowing, deep within, all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well.
~Ruben L.F. Habito is a former Jesuit priest turned master practicing in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. He received Dharma transmission from Yamada Koun.
Professor of World Religions and Spirituality at Perkins School of Theology
Founder of Maria Kannon Zen Center
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