The Zen Teacher

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I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) one day and the guest being interviewed was a Zen Buddhist teacher.

She is also African American and gay. I do enjoy much of the wisdom and philosophy of Buddhism even though I’m not Buddhist.

And this teacher said some things that registered with me. Such as overcoming suffering by an internal change,

by sitting and quieting our spirits, and by love, understanding who we are in the space we’ve been given.

And the change needs to be collective to impact our world.

In my younger days of being a super conservative person of faith, I would have condemned this teacher

and never even listened to her simply because of who she is, but instead I learned some things that day.

My point is we need to listen to people, accept our differences and learn from one another.

Diversity brings growth.

Amen.

     

Writing and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

Note: The teacher is Angel Kyodo Williams

21 thoughts on “The Zen Teacher

  1. You are so right, Nicodemas. I find it important to stay open-minded to be able to learn new every day. Of course we need to remember to think and use our critical sense too. Not all are right, even many talk about it.

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