Hogen Bays, Roshi: The Purpose of Life and the Activity of Awareness

hogen baysLike two sides of a hand Awareness and the Objects of awareness are one thing.

Awareness is Life. It is intimate and personal. Our awareness fills our world.

Each of our lives is filled with unique goals and intentions.

The actualization of these goals, the manifestation of these intentions, is personal and intimate.

The Purpose of Life is to bring forth, using our whole being, from our deepest heart to the tips of our fingers, an offering which only we can make.

The universe waits for us to give life to our life.

Because the timeless and timely are two sides of the same thing, it must be done Now till forever.


~Hogen Bays, Roshi is a Zen Buddhist teacher and Co-Abbot at Great Vow Zen Monastery and Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

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