The Place Where Your Heart Is KeptBy Zoketsu Norman Fischer | 2014
In topics: General Topics in Buddhism, Women in Buddhism, Writing / Art / Creativity
Okusan, as we had been used to calling her, arrived at the temple with a burst of energy. She bustled straight past us into the Buddha Hall, where she immediately made prostrations and said quiet, concentrated prayers, her head bowed, her prayer beads in her hand. She then got up without assistance and, beaming, said loudly in English, “Welcome home!” We were touched by this, thinking she referred to us—that, as students inspired by Suzuki Roshi, his temple was in some way our real home. But later we realized she was saying this to herself—“Welcome home, Mitsu, to the place where your heart is kept.”
This essay is from the Winter 2014 issue of Buddhadharma Magazine. Please click this link to download a PDF of the article.
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